Outstanding Support Staff Award

The Faculty of Nursing strives to provide an engaged and supportive working and learning environment, committed to wellness for work and study. This award recognizes any member of the Faculty of Nursing support staff whose attitude and work ethic makes a difference to others. Their willingness to help co-workers, students and others is inspirational and enables and empowers us to deliver our accountabilities.


The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Outstanding Support Staff Award is open to all administrators and support staff (including AUPE, MaPS, research assistants and caretaking staff) within the Faculty of Nursing community.

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed from anyone within or outside the Faculty of Nursing. The nominee must agree to the nomination. A completed nomination form must be accompanied by one signed letter of reference and speak directly to the criteria. 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.


  • Demonstrates a positive attitude toward all
  • Treats everyone in a fair and equitable manner
  • Has the ability to inspire and the courage to lead regardless of their role
  • Ongoing commitment to their personal wellness and those of their colleagues
  • Celebrates individual and group outcomes, empowering all to pursue excellence  

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 candidate they feel best exemplifies the criteria for the award. The number of nominations an individual 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.

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.