Staff Awards of Excellence


The Staff Awards of Excellence celebrate outstanding contributions instrumental in helping UBC’s Okanagan campus achieve its strategic imperatives, and to contribute to the commitment to create an Outstanding Work Environment, by:

  • Recognizing initiative, talent, creativity and dedication that enrich the work experience for everyone at UBC, and
  • Strengthening recruitment and retention strategies to support UBC’s commitment to hiring the best faculty & staff.

Types of Awards

There are six (6) categories of awards.  Up to five awards per year are offered in the following categories:

  • Enhancing the UBC Experience (Customer Service) (Individual)
  • Leadership (Individual)
  • Sustainability (Individual)
  • Global Citizenship (Individual)
  • Advancing Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (Team)
  • Okanagan Campus Spirit (Team)

Terms of Reference – Updated

Award Criteria

Enhancing the UBC Experience (Customer Service) is awarded to an individual who has accomplished some or all of the following:

  • Improved the value and efficiency of the services they provide
  • Maintained a consistently high quality of service to UBC Okanagan customers including faculty, staff, students and alumni
  • Anticipated clients’ needs and potential problems and acted to proactively resolve
  • Created new, cost-effective and/or innovative methods for performing day-to-day activities
  • Displayed exemplary problem-solving skills
  • Served as role models to others through openness to new ways of doing things and consistently positive interactions

Leadership is awarded to an individual that accomplished some or all of the following:

  • Established and maintained exemplary and inclusive people practices
  • Provided a sense of purpose, vision and mission for their co-workers and/or staff
  • Positively influenced others to build consensus and action around departmental or organizational objectives
  • Managed and led change initiatives effectively
  • Achieved sustainable results
  • Invested time and effort in coaching and/or mentoring

Sustainability is awarded to an individual that accomplished some or all of the following:

  • Demonstrated the application of UBC sustainability policy or plans in their actions, daily operations or activities on campus
  • Actively engaged their colleagues in demonstrated ways to support campus sustainability
  • Initiated a sustainability-related initiative or practice within the unit or department that has benefited day-to-day operations or the overall campus’ environmental footprint
  • Demonstrated involvement as a volunteer individual or team to help educate, create awareness or promote campus sustainability
  • Activities can be related to, but are not limited to the following – energy conservation practices, recycling and waste diversion practices, water conservation practices, sustainable purchasing practices, sustainable food choices and service delivery, sustainable accommodation operations, green meetings and events, paperless office initiatives, energy conservation practices

Global Citizenship is awarded to an individual who accomplished some or all of the following:

  • Initiated and maintained sustainable, collaborative partnerships within UBC or with community, governmental, indigenous or other educational organizations
  • Demonstrated systems thinking and encouraged collaboration, sense-making and integration across campuses
  • Exemplified good citizenship through personal volunteerism or by helping to position UBC Okanagan as a good citizen in the wider world
  • Served as a mentor and/or model citizen to students, faculty, staff, or community members outside of UBC Okanagan

Advancing Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence is awarded to an individual or team who accomplished some or all of the following:

a) Showed leadership in promoting inclusive excellence at UBC by:

    • encouraging professional development to build equity, inclusion and anti-racist competencies
    • building respectful environments to enhance inclusion and in particular the experiences of systematically underrepresented and marginalized communities; and/or
    • actively seeking opportunities for learning, development and implementation of equity and inclusion principles, in processes and practices



b) Advancing equity and diversity at UBC by:

  • removing barriers to meaningful and active participation in university life;
  • enhancing the accessibility of physical and virtual environments;
  • working to embed the processes and practices of equity and inclusion in their area of influence;
  • leading by example to positively influence and engage others in equity and diversity initiatives and the creation of a positive, inclusive, respectful environment(s); and/or
  • applying an equity lens to projects and initiatives within their area of influence

Okanagan Campus Spirit is awarded to department colleagues or interdisciplinary group or committee members of three or more people, that have demonstrated the following:

  • Consistently demonstrates enthusiasm, dedication, perseverance and excellence in the face of challenge
  • Works collaboratively encouraging participation and openness while sharing ideas, responsibilities, skills, resources and credit across UBC
  • Promotes a positive work environment characterized by respect, support, trust and collegiality
  • Understanding of its role within UBC and uses an agreed-upon approach to achieve its mission or project outcome, and
  • Integrate effective meeting skills, problem solving tools, planning techniques and conflict resolution strategies to achieve directed results.

Selection Committee

The Committee on the UBC Okanagan Staff Awards of Excellence is made up of representatives from Human Resources, Academic Leadership, the Okanagan Executive Team, BCGEU and AAPS. This Committee will administer, receive, evaluate and recommend the winners for each year.

Eligibility and Submission

  • Individuals or team nominations require at least one regular, permanent staff member with a minimum of two years continuous service.
  • All UBC Okanagan employees and students may nominate candidates for an award. Either an individual or a team (3 or more) can be nominated.
  • The Nominator must complete the Nominator’s rationale.
  • Have a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of five (5) supporting letters from colleagues and/or students, not including the nominator and nominee(s). It is advisable to have these letters completed beforehand, as they will need to be uploaded to complete your nomination package. These supporting letter templates can be accessed when completing the online submission or by downloading the relevant template criteria or nomination under the Submission (via email) header below.
  • Submissions to be submitted on or before JULY 16, 2021.

Submissions are closed for 2021 *The below is displayed for reference purposes*

The submission process is now available online. If you are unable to complete the nomination package online, please use the below Submission (via email).

The Nomination package is now available for online submission:
Complete the Online Nomination Package

Your completed award nomination package must include:


Nominators of the successful candidate(s) will be notified by the award committee and be invited, along with the nominee to attend the award ceremony.

Ceremony and Recipients

The 2021 awards were presented virtually. The Awards Committee received another record number of nominations this year. While all of the nominations were worthy of an award, Interim Executive Director, Kristin Cacchioni mentioned the awards committee had the unenviable task of selecting just five recipients.


The 2021 five award recipients are:

Enhancing the UBC Experience – Joel Theissen

Enhancing the UBC Experience – Lucia Boersma

Leadership – Roger Wilson

Leadership – Phil Bond

OK Campus Spirit – International Programs and Services Advising Team (in no particular order):

  • Saher Ahmed, Sebastian Kolesar, Qin Xue, Danai Belanger

OK Campus Spirit – Campus Facilities Team (in no particular order):

  • Martin Gibb, Derek Mahoney, Jamie Armer, Lorna Campbell, Shelley Mcconkey, Chris White, Rob Buonomo, Kevin Pierce, Francisco Ugarte, Mike Thompson, Alfonso Martinez, Don Giang, Glen Forsythe, Mike Barren, Alan Prout, Chris Kraft, James Hembling, Duane Sali, Bruce Mooney, Valentijn Leibbrand, Matt Litzenberger, Brodie Johnson, Jeff Vogt, Ken Beckett, Terrence Nimegeers, Dale Abbey, Michael Chiasson, Connor Mcgoran, Marcus Wiebe, Klaus Ferber, Blaine Foster, Neil De Beyer, Kirt Stewart, Steve Casey


A video celebrating the outstanding qualities and achievements of these staff members can be viewed below

Previous Years

2020 Awards

2019 Awards


If you have any questions about the nomination process or writing a letter of support, please contact Kerry Ann Kozak at