Staff Awards of Excellence

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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 seven (7) categories of awards. Up to five (5) awards per year are offered in the following categories:

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

Terms of Reference – Updated

2023 Nominations Now Open!


  • All UBC Okanagan faculty, staff and students may nominate candidates for an award.
  • Teams nominations: teams will be considered with a minimum of three (3) members and up. All staff and Librarians with a minimum of 6 months of cumulative service are eligible.
  • Individual nominations: all regular permanent staff and Librarians with a minimum of two (2) years’ continuous service are eligible.

On-line Submission

Click here to submit your nomination.

Complete nomination packages must be submitted by 4pm May 31, 2023 and include the following:

  1. Nominator’s rationale
  2. Letters of Support – a minimum of two (2) and maximum of five (5) support letters from colleagues and/or students, not including the nominator and nominee. 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 are accessible when completing the online submission or by downloading the relevant template below.

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

Award Criteria

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

Enhancing the UBC Experience 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

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

Leadership is awarded to an individual who 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

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.

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

Wellbeing is awarded to an individual or team who accomplished some or all of the following:

  • Created opportunities for others to increase their knowledge, skills and awareness of individual, community or organizational wellbeing
  • Led activities and initiatives that promote the social, physical, and/or mental health and wellbeing for those who study, work, and live at UBC
  • Created or developed welcoming physical or virtual spaces to nurture an increased sense of community and collaboration
  • Inspired community members to foster connections and create networks of care for themselves and each other
  • Worked to embed wellbeing in projects and initiatives within their area of influence
  • Promoted and enhanced the wellbeing of students, faculty and/or staff

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.

Previous Years

2022 Awards

2021 Awards

2020 Awards

2019 Awards


If you have any questions about the nomination process or writing a letter of support, please contact Human Resources at