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President's Award for Exceptional Community Service

Overview:

The President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service is presented each year in recognition of employees (faculty or staff) who have demonstrated outstanding community service. The inaugural award was presented in 2007.

Nominees for the award must have a sustained pattern of exceptional voluntary contributions to communities and/or community organizations.

These contributions must be beyond what might normally be considered academic or professional service, and must have had a significant impact upon those organizations or on the communities.

Nominees must be full-time employees with a minimum of five years of continuous service and have made the cited community contributions during their period of employment at Memorial University. The nominees must not have been previous winners of the award.


  • Award

The award, bestowed in recognition of outstanding community service, consists of a personalized scroll and a monetary award of $1,000. The names of award recipients will be publicly displayed together with those of other university-wide award winners. No more than two awards will be given in any year.

  • Criteria

• Nominees for the award must have a sustained pattern of exceptional voluntary contributions to communities and/or community organizations. These contributions must be beyond what might normally be considered academic or professional service, and must have had a significant impact upon those organizations or on the communities;

• Nominees must be full-time employees (faculty or staff) with a minimum of five years of continuous service and have made the cited community contributions during their period of employment at Memorial University.

  • Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will consist of one:

- Representative of the Alumni Association Executive
- Faculty member
- Staff member
- One or more previous winners of the President’s Award for Exemplary Service
The members will be appointed by the President for staggered terms of up to three years. The President will appoint the Chair from among the members.

  • Nomination process

The nominator, who can be any member of the university or general public, should prepare a nomination file, which shall include:

- A letter (not to exceed 1000 words) from the nominator detailing the exceptional nature of the nominee's contributions and the significance of that contribution;

- The nominee's résumé (not to exceed five pages);

- 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;

- Relevant documentation in the public domain (including media reports) which provide additional evidence of the significance of the nominee's contributions. These materials are not to exceed five pages;

- Insofar as it is possible, the nomination should be kept confidential from the nominee.

The nomination must be submitted to:

The Chair of the Advisory Committee, President’s Award for Exceptional Community Service
c/o the Division of Marketing and Communications
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Room A-1024
St. John’s campus
by 12 p.m. on
Friday, June 14, 2013

  • Evaluation process

Nominations will be assessed by the Advisory Committee, which will make its recommendation to the President.

Nominees not selected in a given year will automatically be brought forward for consideration in the year immediately following their initial nomination provided they are still eligible.

  • Communication process:

The President will inform the successful nominee(s) who will be recognized at a special awards ceremony, together with other university award recipients.