Recognize excellence

February 12, 2016


Nominate a MacEwan University employee for an Award of Excellence

It’s not always easy to say thank you or to take a moment to recognize someone. The world—including MacEwan University—is a busy place. But those little kindnesses are appreciated by the recipients, and if you know someone at the university who has made an impact on you, here’s your chance to recognize them.

The university is now accepting nominations for the Awards of Excellence, which honour MacEwan employees in three categories—Outstanding Service, Leadership for Sustainability and Innovation. If you’re not sure why you should nominate someone, meet three of last year’s award recipients.

Tim Lade
, residence life coordinator, Residence Service
Outstanding Service Award

IMAGE-timl-HR_awards2016The job of a residence life coordinator isn’t always nine to five. “There’s a lot of extra hours involved, and I knew that when I signed up for the position,” says Tim, who has been at MacEwan for almost eight years.

He said his colleague forwarded him the nomination package she put together of “all the nice things everyone wrote about you.” A lot of thought had been put into it.

“I’m a big believer in recognition because it’s the thing that resonates. When you come to work every day, when you spend so many hours and a good chunk of your life here or at any job, and you put so much of yourself into your role, into your job, it’s nice to have something that resonates with you as being, ‘this work meant something to someone other than just me.'"

Shelly Brownlee, team lead, School of Business Advising Services
Outstanding Service Award

IMAGE-shellyb-HR_awards2016“Advisors don’t live in today; they live in the future to solve problems with the student in the present,” says Shelly. They are thinking months ahead, so they can help students plan their post-secondary goals. When they create a plan that works, they often don’t know the outcome until much later. “What we do is try to influence student behaviour and educate them about their degrees and diplomas,” she explains.

The role involves a lot of planning, consultation and trying to foresee where the problems might be.

Shelly was studying for her master’s in academic advising during the time the School of Business was restructuring into departments. “I was able to implement processes and ideas that I was learning, and the team may have thought that helped everybody, including our students.”

She says it’s important to recognize someone who has made a difference to their colleagues. “The fact that an award comes from your peers is probably the best thing because they’re the people that see you every day.”

Glenna Helm, manager, Library Administration
Outstanding Service Award

IMAGE-glennah-HR_awards2016“Receiving an award makes you feel good that people took the time to write recommendation letters,” says Glenna. “It was really great of them and I appreciated that. Sometimes you wonder if what you’re doing is being noticed, and obviously it is.”

Glenna has been at MacEwan for over 25 years. She was witness to the opening of the City Centre Campus library in 1993, involved in the integration of the South Campus library, and is part of the library team working to integrate library materials from the west-end campus in time for the opening of the Centre for Arts and Culture.

“I’m excited about my job at MacEwan and in the library,” she says, “so I think the award once again showed me what a great place MacEwan is to work.”

How do I nominate someone?

Anyone can submit a nomination—whether you’re a student, staff or faculty member. If you have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on another person for their outstanding work, do it!

Send completed nomination package (nomination form, 2 to 5 letters of recommendation and supporting documents [no more than 10 pages]) to awardsofexcellence@macewan.ca by March 15.

What are the award categories?

  • Outstanding Service
  • Leadership for Sustainability
  • Award for Innovation

Contact awardsofexcellence@macewan.ca for more information and nomination package.

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