University Staff Excellence Award

Recognizing staff members who have achieved excellence while living the University of Saskatchewan’s values.

The Award

Two awards of $1,000 will be presented annually at convocation.

Selection Criteria

The University Staff Excellence Award (formerly the President's Service Award) is designed to recognize an exceptional contribution by a non-academic staff member who is currently working at the University of Saskatchewan. 

The staff member must be a current employee as of April 30 of nomination year to be considered.

Criteria for selection of the individual include evidence of the following:

  • enhancement of the work environment by providing extraordinary service to the university community;
  • inspiration, support and respect of the endeavours of others; and
  • distinction of accomplishment achieved through dedication and commitment to the University’s Mission, Vision and Values.


March 31, 2018

Selection Committee

The selection committee will include a representative from each of the following groups:

  • Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA)
  • University Employees’ Union
  • (CUPE Local 1975)
  • Exempt Staff
  • Faculty
  • Human Resources Division
  • Office of Communications
  • President’s Office


All members of the University of Saskatchewan community are invited to nominate an employee for the Staff Service Service Award. Each nomination must include:

  • a completed nomination form (online, PDF);
  • a one-page overview/executive summary by the nominator;
  • specific demonstration of how the nominee meets the criteria of this award;
  • indicated support by nominee’s supervisor; and
  • one or two signed letters of support.* These letters may be:
    • from an internal supporter, for example, students, co-workers;
    • from an external supporter as they relate to the work of the nominee at the university; or
    • signed by one or more individuals.

Online Nomination     PDF Nomination

Tips for preparing a successful application

The University Staff Excellence Award Committee considers applications of many deserving individuals. In order to assist nominators in preparing the best package possible on behalf of the nominee, we are pleased to provide the following tips for preparing a University Staff Excellence Award package.

Choose supporters wisely

Seek letter[s] of support from individuals who have direct knowledge of the nominee and can speak first-hand about his or her contribution. Please limit the length of support letters to 1-2 pages.

Speak directly to each criteria

Commentary included on the nomination form and letter[s] of support must speak directly to the selection criteria and include specific demonstration of behaviour that exemplifies the selection criteria. We strongly encourage specific linkage to at least two of the values and principles set out in the Mission, Vision and Values.

Use simple language

Try to avoid technical or discipline-specific terms. If it is not possible to avoid particular terms, explain or define the terms so that non-experts will understand them. It might be helpful to have a non-expert review material that includes technical and/or discipline-specific language for clarity and understanding.

Clearly outline significance of contribution

While the significance of the nominee’s contributions may be obvious to you, do not assume it will be obvious to all those who are reading the applications. Help us make the connection between behaviours and/or activities toward specific outcomes.

Meet deadlines

Deadlines are required so the individuals reviewing the applications have time to give each application the attention it deserves. We appreciate the time and energy that goes into a nomination and we want to give each nominee due consideration.


Take a moment to appreciate the individual you are nominating—we are fortunate to have so many people who meet the criteria for this award and are deserving. And, we appreciate you for taking the time to prepare a nomination.

Previous Recipients
Year Ceremony Recipient
2018 Fall Alexis Dahl
Spring Dale Claude
2017 Fall Margret Asmuss
Spring Pam Komonoski
2016 Fall Liz Scott
Spring Candace Wasacase-Lafferty
2015 Fall Heather Anne Burch
Spring Rae Bourner
2014 Fall Michele Derksen
Spring Marlene Fehr
2013 Fall Glen Hauser
Spring Laura Kennedy
2012 Fall Heather Luckey
Spring Allan Stuchenko
2011 Fall Bryan Bilkokreli
Spring Cathie Fornssler
2010 Fall Edna Jen Warrington
Spring Gordon Herman
2009 Fall Patrick Hayes
Spring Parkash Virdi
2008 Fall Catherine Dgunderson
Spring Lynn Guina
2007 Fall Barbara Gillis
Spring Val Arnault-Pelletier
2006 Fall Brad Steeves
Spring Pauline Melis
2005 Fall Norma McBain
Spring David Bocking
2004 Fall Peter Herd
Spring Howie Salisbury
2003 Fall Danielle Fortosky
Spring Eileen Herteis
2002 Fall Colleen Teague
Spring Heather Kuttai
2001 Fall Merry Beazely
Spring Grace Milashenko
2000 Fall Nathan Kolla
Spring Merv Pryziasniuk
1999 Fall Bob Cram
Spring Elaine Angielski
1998 Fall Wendy Bates
Spring Evelyn Peters
1997 Fall Jacqueline Fraser
Spring Eileen McLean
1996 Fall Kurt Tischler
Spring Rhoda Miko
1995 Fall Neil Richards