Nominations are currently being accepted for a special award honouring Memorial University staff and faculty for their work in the community.
The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes employees who are involved in helping by sharing scientific and scholarly expertise, by working with and supporting grassroots groups, and by volunteering their time to worthy causes, among other things.
Dr. Wade Locke of Memorial’s Department of Economics was the 2008 recipient and Dr. Joan Oldford of the Faculty of Education received the inaugural award in 2007. Dr. Locke was recognized for his sustained public efforts at educating the public about important policy issues, while Dr. Oldford was recognized for her contributions to literacy in the province.
“The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service recognizes the important link between the university and the world outside the university,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, Memorial's acting president. “A number of years ago we began to shine a light on the considerable efforts of some faculty and staff who make significant contributions to their communities, sometimes in ways related to their work or study, sometimes not. They all share a common desire to help make the world a better place. We want to know who they are and what they have done, and to encourage people out there across the province and beyond to nominate someone who they think is making a difference.”
This year’s deadline is June 30, 2009.
Nominees must have a sustained pattern of exceptional voluntary contributions to communities or organizations. These activities must be beyond what might normally be considered academic or professional service, and must have had a significant impact upon those organizations or on communities.
In order to be considered, nominees must be full-time employees with a minimum of five years of continuous service and have made the cited community contributions while working at the university.
Nominees cannot be previous winners of the award. The award will consist of a personalized scroll and a monetary award of $1,000.
Nominations can come from any member of the university community or the general public. Nominators must submit a nomination file including a letter detailing the exceptional nature of the nominee’s contributions and the significance of that contribution; the nominee's resumé (not to exceed five pages); and up to three letters of support which address the exceptionality and significance as well as the scope, time-commitment and impact of the nominee's contributions. Full details are online at www.mun.ca/marcomm/community_service_award.php.
Nominations will be assessed by the advisory committee, which will make its recommendation to the president. The honour is just one of several presented by Memorial’s president, saluting the dedication of the university's faculty and staff. Awards for distinguished teaching, exemplary service to the university, and outstanding research are also presented each fall.
Each award category underlines Memorial’s mission of innovation and excellence in teaching and learning, research and scholarship and service to the community.
Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony that is usually held in November.