University of Calgary

Make a Difference

Employees honoured for making a difference

By Fiona Bensler

Twelve University of Calgary staff and faculty, nominated by their peers for consistently going above and beyond, have been given U Make a Difference awards.

The awards, presented by U of C President Dr. Harvey Weingarten at the annual Recognition Awards Dinner on April 25, honour uncompromising dedication to the goals and values of the U of C.

“It’s wonderful that the U of C recognizes the positive impact of its staff and faculty in the form of an awards night,” said Leah Jahn, one of this year’s awards recipients.

Jahn said she was delighted with the opportunity to publicly recognize excellent people. “So often we see amazing examples of customer service, innovation, problem-solving and team-building efforts that are often appreciated, but perhaps not very publicly. The awards night provides an opportunity for us to be grateful and to recognize what an impact we have on each other.”

The honourees for 2007 were:

Fred Babott, Faculty of Science;
Michael Dobrovolsky, Faculty of Social Sciences;
James Dugan, Faculty of Fine Arts;
James Field, Faculty of Education;
Mary Fisk, Faculty of Graduate Studies;
Pauline Fisk, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program;
Leah Jahn, Continuing Education;
Linda Johnson, Faculty of Education;
Bonnie King, Faculty of Science;
Tyler Murphy, Faculty of Medicine
Judith Russell, Continuing Education;
Susan Woods, Student and Enrolment Services.

Recognition opportunities continue to grow on campus. New this year is “I Recognize U,” or IRU, an e-recognition tool for U of C staff to recognize each other on a more informal and frequent basis. For more information, go to