UCalgary Nursing Spark Awards

UCalgary Nursing Spark Awards

Recognizing the hard work, commitment and success of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners

Admire and respect someone in the Faculty of Nursing community?

Nominate them for a UCalgary Nursing Spark Award! 

The UCalgary Nursing Spark Awards were launched over a decade ago through a generous donation from Covenant Health. Called the Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Recognition Awards Program, nominations for six awards opened in January and closed in March with a celebratory lunch held during National Nursing Week in May.

The recognition program was rebranded in 2017 to the Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards to align with the faculty’s strategic plan, Leading the Pursuit of Nursing Excellence [2027-2020].

To celebrate UCalgary’s strategic plan, Ahead of Tomorrow [2023 – 2030], and a new iteration of UCalgary Nursing’s strategic goals [coming in mid-2024], the 2024 awards have been renamed the UCalgary Nursing Spark Awards to honour the spirit of the university’s Start Something campaign.*

The graphic depiction of the spark symbolizes the energy, excitement and innovation of the entrepreneurial university and the connections that make up our community.

UCalgary Nursing is a unique and vibrant community, sparked by students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors and partners who all contribute in their own way to our success.

Jan. 15, 2024

Online nomination form opens

Feb. 29, 2024

Nominations deadline

April 19, 2024

Nominees and winners notified

April 30, 2024

Spark Awards event registration deadline

May 7, 2024

Spark Awards event, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

2024 Award Categories | Nominate online now

Impactful Education: Undergraduate Student

This student award recognizes an undergraduate nursing student who exhibits overall excellence academically, clinically and collegially. 

Impactful Education: Graduate Student

This student award recognizes a graduate nursing student who exhibits overall excellence academically, clinically and collegially. 

Impactful Education: Teaching

This student-nominated teaching award celebrates any faculty member (tenured/non-tenured/sessional] or a preceptor who enhances the undergraduate and/or graduate nursing student experience.

Enhancing Community: Alumnus

This award recognizes a UCalgary Nursing graduate whose professional achievements in their field and outstanding personal accomplishments have sparked positive change in the health system.

Enhancing Community: Community Partner

This award recognizes an effective collaborator with UCalgary Nursing. Through their work with students, faculty, staff or donors, their engagement strengthens connections.

Enhancing Community: Support Staff

This award recognizes a staff member who takes initiative, demonstrates resilience, navigates change and engages their colleagues and community.

Transformative Leadership: Research

This award recognizes a research-focused faculty member whose research demonstrates the potential to impact patient, provider, and health system outcomes and the discipline of nursing. 

Transformative Leadership: Mentorship

This award recognizes individuals who inspire others through their willingness to share knowledge and celebrate the success of individuals and the collective.


This award is for that special nominee who truly exemplifies excellence with distinction and is deserving of recognition and celebration.

2023 Pursuit of Excellence Awards

Congratulations to all the recipients and nominees of the 2023 Pursuit of Excellence Awards!