Awards of Excellence For Support Staff 2016 Recipients

President's Award Recipients

Joan McConnell

Joan McConnell
Faculty of Science

Joan has been at the University of Manitoba, as she puts it, “all her adult life, except for a short, unfortunate stint as a full time travel agent in the '70s”.  She has worked in her capacity as a student advisor since 1980 and as an executive assistant since 1986 for one of the largest academic and administrative units at the University of Manitoba.
Providing personal connection to the university through academic advising is at the core of Joan's vision for her life-long work. For her, student advising is the “hub of the wheel”, not just one of the various services provided for students. Joan rightfully believes that academic advising is one of the most effective strategies, along with academic support and orientation programs, for improving student success. This vision is at the core of every interaction she has with students, her staff, and administrators - and every policy decision she makes. Joan has been a mentor to many over the years. She encourages continuous improvement in her staff – whether formal education or professional development opportunities, she strives to make the space, time, and resources available so that her staff may grow – as people and as employees.

Pamela Trupish

Pamela Trupish
Office of the Provost & Vice-President(Academic)

Over the past decade, Pam has made exceptional contributions to the UM and played a leadership role in numerous initiatives emanating from the Provost's office.  In her role as director of immigration services, Pam consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty to resolve difficult immigration issues faced by foreign academics that could jeopardize their work and research at the University of Manitoba. She has met academics at the airport at all times of the day and night and, on more than one occasion, has driven down with foreign academics to the border to resolve issues, trips that took the balance of the day not hours and which required her to put in extra time to keep up with her other responsibilities. Pam’s knowledge, ability, and personable nature have built her a reputation as a national leader and problem solver.

Leadership Award Recipients

Trevor Schultz

Trevor Schultz
Faculty of Science

As the executive assistant to the Dean of Science, Trevor acts on behalf of the Dean and Associate Deans. He is a core member of the decision-making team and is the principal financial advisor and comptroller for the Faculty of Science.
Trevor’s impact on the Faculty of Science goes beyond excellence fiscal management; he has been invaluable as a problem solver, support, mentor and leader to faculty, staff and students. Trevor has guided and supported the student body and Science Student Association on many projects ranging from the renovation of the Student Lounge to the upgrade of washrooms in the basement of Armes Building. All support staff in the Faculty consult with Trevor on a myriad of matters and no detail is too small to receive his full attention and support. Dean’s and faculty members have benefitted from his knowledge and understanding of budgetary procedures and policies when implementing new ideas or navigating through current processes. Trevor is a leader and repository of knowledge, helping support the entire faculty in its endeavors to provide an exceptional education experience. 

Carl Stone


Carl Stone
      
Indigenous Student Centre

Carl has been a student advisor at the University of Manitoba for 18 years.  Carl's primary role is to welcome and provide supports to Indigenous students; however he makes a point of welcoming all students to the Centre. It is a priority to Carl that every student has access to culturally-based supports and education and he is incredibly generous with his time (both during and after work hours) to share traditional teachings and stories about Indigenous history.  Carl is passionate about sharing traditional knowledge with students. Over the years, he has taken much of his own time to organize medicine picking trips for student in communities like Brokenhead or Peguis, teaching students about the protocols and values of picking medicines like sage, sweetgrass, and cedar. Whether teaching, supporting students, or reaching out to the community, Carl always ensures he does things in the most respectful and nurturing way. Carl has been at the heart of many conversations regarding culturally respectful practices & policies and has positively impacted faculty, students and staff with his guidance & leadership.

Service Award Recipients

Margaret Currie

Margaret Currie        
Department of Sociology

Margaret is dedicated to and an advocate for higher education. For 29 years she has worked and studied at the University of Manitoba, supporting students as they navigate their way through their studies. Many students have written to personally thank Margaret, acknowledged her immense support in their theses, and sang her praise in convocation speeches. When a student arrives at her door, she turns her full attention to that person. She listens patiently and asks question until she know the exact nature of the question the student has. Usually, at this point, she will provide advice based upon her accumulated knowledge of our graduate program and graduate studies at the University of Manitoba. But if she does not know the answer, she will find it. Every student that approaches her for assistance is taken care of in the most supportive manner. Margaret embodies the spirit of exceptional and personable service, and without a doubt has enhanced the experience of many students.

Eliya Ichihashi

Eliya Ichihashi
College of Medicine

Eliya is a longitudinal course administrator for the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) program in the College of Medicine. In this role, Eliya provides excellent and essential administrative support for three of longitudinal courses in the undergraduate medical education program: Population Health, Professionalism, and Indigenous Health.  Eliya is always a friendly and engaging individual to interact with; his earnest desire to help students and faculty paired with his professionalism, well-developed communication skills, and ability to respond very promptly to student inquiries are an ideal combination in someone who is often the point of contact for students. Eliya has played an instrumental role in reshaping and streamlining services offered to students, faculty, and staff, contributing to the advancement of the UGME program and student experience.

Tanis Woodland

Tanis Woodland
Disability Studies

Since Tanis Woodland began working at the University of Manitoba in 1994, she has worked tirelessly to improve access and supports for people with disabilities. Tanis is widely regarded as a top expert in the province for accessibility and is regularly called upon by academic institutions, NGO’s, and agencies to provide information on issues concerning universal design, physical access, accessible technology software and accessible forms for individuals who find print inaccessible and those with vision impairments.  Tanis’ experience has made her an indispensable resource to the university who continues to work to make the university more accessible. With the launch of new accessibility legislation, Tanis will play a major role in the transformation of the University of Manitoba’s systems and processes to provide a barrier free campus environment.

Christine Butterill on behalf of Bill Wsiaki

Bill Wsiaki (Accepted by Christine Butterill on his behalf)
Libraries

William Wsiaki is the Library Supervisor at the Fr. Harold Drake, SJ Library located at St. Paul's College. Mr. Wsiaki has been responsible for providing excellent service to students for over 42 years.  Mr. Wsiaki is constantly going above and beyond the expectations in his role, and remembers nearly every student that comes through the doors of the Fr. Harold Drake, SJ Library. Mr. Wsiaki has single handily collected and protected the history of St. Paul's College by creating the College archives.  He has collected College memorabilia that would've been lost if he had not taken on this extra role. Perhaps the best description of William’s service to the University can be described by those he has helped. One former student had this to say, "I have worked at the Father Harold Drake, SJ Library for the past three years. Before I worked here, I was always the first student in the library in the morning. I had my spot right by the plants. I got to know Bill during my first year of being a student. I liked studying here because it was quiet and small. As such I felt comfortable and not overwhelmed as I did in some of the larger libraries on campus. One day Bill offered me a job. He said since I was already here all of the time, I might as well work here. It was my first job. I enjoy helping out the students and working with the staff. As a U of M student myself in the middle of obtaining my degree in nursing, I feel that I can relate to the students in many ways and enjoy getting to know some of them. I am proud to  be a Paulinian."
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Diversity & Inclusion Award Recipient

Debra Diubaldo

Debra Diubaldo
Inner City Social Work

Debra is the Aboriginal Academic Advisor/Counsellor with the Inner City Social Work Program. Debra has a strong understanding and commitment to her community and freely shares that knowledge with others. As an Aboriginal Academic Advisor, it is Debra's responsibility to share Aboriginal cultural awareness with all of the students. To this end she counsels students and helps them address academic and personal challenges and oversees the process for the selection of all students accepted into the ICSWP. She is a member of of Gaa wii ji’i diyaang, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples walking together and helping each other to create a just University of Manitoba community through relationship-building, education, advocacy and action in support of Indigenous Achievement. As a graduate of the ICSWP, Debra has a solid understanding of the challenges faced by students and is passionate about helping students, faculty, staff and the program find success in its mission to support the community.

Team Award Recipients

Career Services

Career Service Team
Team Members: Georges Carriere, Maureen Campbell, Jacintha Antonio, Ainslie Armstrong, Maria Dielmann, Rebecca Earley, Lindsey Hiebert, Ashley Hinther, Kate Yee, Elizabeth Boyle

Career Services strives to ensure all 29,000 plus students at the University of Manitoba have the career management skills necessary to manage their career transitions over their lifespan.  Through their deidication and passion or helping others, the team has created a career development culture on campus that empowers students to find meaningful work, life and learning experiences. In the last year, Career Services has focused on ensuring students gain the skills necessary to be lifelong managers of their careers. The Career Services team has hit many milestones this year, including record attendance at the Annual Career Fair, collaborative development of a career mapping program that touches all faculties, and the expansion of services to professional students at the Banantyne Campus. The Career Services team provides a warm and inviting environment for all students moving forward on their career journey.

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences Team
Team Members: Sylvia Lapointe,Doreen Davies, Maureen Foster, Hillary Linden, Jaime Stringer

The Biological Sciences team embodies all the elements of a high performance team. They welcome collaboration with each other and are supportive through both work and personal challenges.  They anticipate needs of faculty, thousands of students, and administrative processes. They flawlessly appoint and log payroll information for over 400 TA’s, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The Biological Sciences Office Staff team works closely with many units, like the Registrar, Finance, Payroll, Concur, and Epic, modelling collegiality and courtesy in all interactions. They personify the principles of service excellence in every interaction, providing timely, friendly, and effective service to all faculty, staff, and students.

EITC Caretaking Team

EITC Caretaking Team
Team Members: Larry Merrick, Peter Allan, Thomas Simm, Mike Baatz, Laurie Green, Thudi Ballesteros, Cindy Frobisher, Susan Carriere, Nadine Hazell, Virgilio Garcia, Angela Bacher, Jeff Wolyniec, Shawna Reuther, Mike Gobert

The EITC Caretaking team is responsible for the routine daily cleaning of the Engineering & Information Technology Complex, a multi-building facility that is heavily used by students, staff, other faculties and external groups. The work they do is integral to the success of the Faculty, as they ensure the learning environment is prepared and maintained for high volume usage. The EITC team regularly seeks feedback and work collaboratively with al stakeholders to ensure a safe and pleasant work and learning space. When emergencies arise, they are quick to respond, managing any situation with tact and good humour. What stands out the most for members of the Faculty of Engineering, is the teams warm disposition. Members of the team always greet faculty, staff and students with a smile, conversation, showing genuine interest in the lives of everyone.

Emergency Response Team

Emergency Response Team
Team Members: Shannon Boychuk, Raman Dhaliwal, Rick Jansen, Tom Mirwaldt

The Emergency Response Team is unique in its role. Brought together by the disruption of all electrical systems in the JBRC, they worked together to contain the negative effects through effective planning and organizing. Given an incredibly difficult situation where power to significant portions of the campus was impacted, the team rallied supports and services to address the situation and maintain University departmental tasks with as little disruption and downtime as possible.  The team came together to identify issues that would affect the daily operations and various medical equipment of the departments, while at the same time putting concerns of potential safety hazards as a top priority. Given the pressure, danger, time constraints, and diverse range of clients impacted, the team provided exceptional service in the recovery initiative.

 

Front and Centre Launch Campaign

Front & Centre Launch Team

The Front & Centre campaign is one of the most ambitious goals that the University of Manitoba has set for itself – $500 million. The Launch Team has set a new benchmark for flawless execution and outreach of a major campaign, successfully coordinating an astounding campaign launch. They worked around the clock, in many cases, literally, to make something happen of which the entire University of Manitoba could be proud.  In delivering this unprecedented achievement, the team collaborated with important partners like the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the City of Winnipeg, while reaching out and engaging the University community in an inspiring campaign launch during halftime of a Winnipeg Bombers game. The team is lauded for its coordination of staff, students and programming at the launch, as well as the development of donation relationships that will positively impact the University of Manitoba well into the future.