March 31, 2021

Nominate a team for annual staff appreciation award

U Make a Difference applications open until April 7
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UCalgary staff have performed above and beyond the call of duty during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

Do you know a team who has made a difference during COVID-19? Or an employee group who has helped students navigate campus during these challenging times?  Maybe a team who worked hard to create a positive work environment in this ‘virtual’ year?

UCalgary’s Human Resources business unit wants to hear about these teams (up to 10 people) through nominations in the U Make a Difference award. Nominees can be either individuals or teams. Nominators do not have to work directly with the nominee. Managers can nominate their staff, and employees can nominate their managers or peers. Students may also nominate faculty and staff.


The U Make a Difference awards celebrate community members, both individuals and teams, and their contributions across three categories:

  • Innovation and Curiosity
  • Collaboration and Communication
  • Positive Work Environment and Community

Tips for the nomination package

Don’t start from scratch — build your submission using the nomination template letters and  the specific criteria listed on the web page. Read the examples provided for each category and plan how you’ll illustrate the person’s strengths through the given criteria. Check the previous nominees’ and recipients’ profiles for more inspiration.

You don’t need to nominate alone — work with a partner or group to make an outstanding submission. A nomination package should include testimonials from multiple people who have collaborated with the nominee in the past to bring their unique impressions to the submission.

Ask for input from the nominee’s leaders, peers, and direct reports (if applicable) to help illustrate a complete picture of their successes.

Applications for individual or team awards close on April 7. Learn more on the U Make a Difference web page.