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Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Awards: 2019 recipients

Marcelle Mullings
Office of the Vice-Provost, Students

While many don't work with her directly, everyone on our campus is impacted by the decisions Marcelle makes which balance the individual needs of the individual and community on campus. As director, student advocacy and accountability, Marcelle provides ongoing guidance and support to facilitate resolution of complex issues while supporting student success on our campus. Everyone on our campus is impacted by the decisions Marcelle makes, which balance the individual needs of the individual and community on campus.


Janice Pinto
Spanning the Gaps, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education

Janice Pinto is inspirational in her role of supporting a diverse population of learners at Ryerson. One of Janice's greatest strengths is her ability and commitment to go above and beyond for the mature learners she works with. Working as a case coordinator for the Spanning the Gaps program, Janice knows that the students she works with face a myriad of obstacles when considering post-secondary education. She consistently assists students in developing, understanding and acknowledging their strengths and leadership skills, as well advocates for access to resources that greatly enrich the academic experiences of students at Ryerson University.


Brian Withers
RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design

Brian Withers is an outstanding example of someone who continues to make a mark of excellence to the RTA School of Media, the Faculty of Communication and Design, and to the university through his unwavering commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion through school and community events. His leadership with high quality productions such as Rams Live creates tremendous impact on the lives and wellbeing of the university students and to the Ryerson community at large. His positive and innovative approach with all members of the community has a ripple effect of building confidence and engagement with students and staff.


Ceremonials Office Team

The Ceremonials Office Team turned construction in the Quad into innovative, tradition-transforming change. The way we celebrate the achievements during Ryerson University's Convocation is now at the start of a new era. The change in venue marked a momentous year for Ryerson that affected more than 20,000 people and could not have happened without the meticulous planning and care to detail that the Ceremonials Office Team brings to Convocation. This exciting change afforded a greater use of the entire campus while fostering a more welcoming environment for all who participate in Ryerson Convocation.

Kitty Choi, Kim McDonald, Phillip Rego, Marija Urbanovica


#RoadtoRyerson Orientation Leadership Team

Orientation Week provides incoming students the first of many rites of passage of student life—their successful transition to Ryerson. The #RoadtoRyerson Orientation Leadership Team unify hundreds of Ryerson staff and student volunteers to execute 250 events in the span of nine days. In 2018, this team was faced numerous challenges and innovatively collaborated to execute the most successful Orientation program Ryerson has ever seen. From turfing Lake Devo to activating the Student Learning Centre, this team's creativity and dedication truly made a mark for thousands of students this year.

Andrew Bisnauth, Tesni Ellis, Cathy Nguyen, Kaitlyn Taylor-Asquini


Union/Management Teams for 2018 CUPE 233 Collective Agreement Renewal

This nomination recognizes the outstanding work done by the union and management bargaining teams for the 2018 renewal of the CUPE 233 collective agreement. The teams demonstrated an unusually high level of collaboration, innovation and commitment to serving their respective constituencies and Ryerson as a whole—both in the way that negotiations were conducted and in the outcome of this often challenging process. The positive impact of their innovative bargaining approach is demonstrated both by the mutually beneficial outcome of negotiations and by the improved working relationships.

Alp Amasya, Jennifer Bareng, Ernesto Escalante, Christa Hinds, Peter Krasnowski, Glenda Mallon, Garth Poppleton, Kate Reade, Caroline Riley, Kyle Robinson, Spyro Selitsanos, Joao Soares, Guillermo Torres


The White Privilege Conference Operations Planning Group

The White Privilege Conference Operations Planning Group (WPCOP) was formed to plan and implement the White Privilege conference hosted at Ryerson University in May of 2018. Not only was the conference a huge success, but the WPCOP organized and planned it in a way that created a positive and collaborative experience for all committee members. Given the scope and significance of this conference, the WPCOP worked extremely hard and leveraged the talents of a diverse team. The Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Award for Community Engagement is in recognition of their positive impact on equity, diversity and inclusion at Ryerson.

Kelly Abraham, Adam Anthony, Silvana Babikian, Ahrabee Bhrapakaran, Darrell Bowden, Stephen Chong, Voula Cocolakis, Tony Conte, Judith Irwin, Sean Kearns, Nora McAllister, Jason Moseley, Tamar Myers, Garth Poppleton, Tanya Poppleton, Alyson Ranalli, Keyth Sievert

Past recipients