Outstanding Team Award

The Outstanding Team Award is awarded to a group (faculty, support staff, graduate/undergraduate students, research) who contribute to a shared vision of the future, excel as effective collaborators together as well as outside their team and collectively support various ongoing activities of the Faculty of Nursing.


The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Outstanding Team Award is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed from students and faculty members from any University of Calgary faculty as well as colleagues in research and/or in the health services field.

The nominees must agree to the nomination. A completed nomination form must be accompanied by one signed letter of reference, and should include a description of the team’s most important joint contributions and show collaboration. The letter may be from the nominator.

Only completed nominations will be accepted (see the nomination form for details). If your nomination is missing any of the supporting documentation, it will be returned to you for completion if there is time.

Use Criteria with Examples

We strongly encourage you to explicitly incorporate the criteria of the specific award with clear examples for each criteria when writing your letter of nomination or support. This not only assists you, as nominator, to highlight the important and relevant attributes of your nominee, it gives the selection committee very clear details about the qualifications of the candidate with examples of their achievements, and enhances the overall nomination.

Reference the Correct Award and Category

We know many people are asked to submit letters of support for deserving nominees for a Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Award. We also recognize that many of you write multiple letters for the same person for different awards. We, therefore, ask you to please carefully proofread your letter so that you are making reference to supporting your nominee for a Pursuit of Excellence award ONLY (not a U Make a Difference, a President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, etc).

While referring to another award may not disqualify your candidate, it does not reflect positively on your commitment to the nomination for a Pursuit of Excellence Award in the Faculty of Nursing.


  • Contributes to the creation of an engaged learning environment
  • Has a clear sense of purpose and communicates openly and respectfully with each other and outside their team
  • Are highly productive (the sum is greater than its parts!)
  • Value and embrace difference and healthy conflict
  • Achievements must have been made jointly by the members of the nominated team and not realized before joining the team or as individuals separate from the team’s activities

We strongly encourage you to use the criteria to craft your letter of nomination. Adherence to the criteria of the award enhances the overall nomination.

Award Selection Process

The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards Committee will review all nominations and select the team they feel best exemplifies the criteria for the award. The number of nominations a team receives may favourably impact the outcome.  If the committee feels there is no clear choice, they may choose not to give an award in this category.

In the event a member of the committee is nominated for an award, the member will excuse himself/herself from deliberations for this award.

Additionally, no committee member may support a nomination with a letter of reference.

No previous recipient team may be nominated again for the same award.

Because the Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards are a renaming of the Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Awards, no previous recipient may be nominated. Visit our website for reference.