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Launched in 2016 by the UFV Board of Governors, UFV Service Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize and celebrate UFV staff and faculty excellence in service, leadership, and teamwork that supports the values, mission, and goals of UFV. 

Award winners will be recognized at an annual employee recognition event and receive a monetary prize. 

Nominate an individual or team that you think deserves recognition before February 11, 2022. 

Selection criteria

Current UFV faculty and staff can be nominated in three categories. Please review the selection criteria before beginning the nomination process.

The Staff Excellence award recognizes UFV staff members who have demonstrated excellence in their service to the university. Through their exemplary professionalism and achievements, they have supported their colleagues in advancing the mission and goals of the university. 

Recipients will have met a number of the following criteria:

  • They have excelled in the fulfillment of their assigned roles and responsibilities, frequently exceeding expectations;
  • They demonstrate initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness in their work;
  • They are directly responsible for improvements in the ways they do their work and manage their areas of responsibility;
  • They exhibit the highest standards of professionalism, commitment, integrity, and accountability in their work;
  • They demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of colleagues by supporting their needs and professional development, and contributing significantly to the development of a positive, respectful work environment;
  • They exhibit and promote commitment to the values, vision, and goals of the university and the division where they work.

The Inspirational Leadership award recognizes UFV staff (FSA & exempt) and faculty members noted for their inspirational leadership and support of others in the service of the university’s mission and goals. They are known for their leadership-by-example and for the ways they engage, empower and promote the achievements of colleagues. 

Recipients will have met a number of the following criteria:

  • They model the highest standards of professionalism, commitment, integrity, and accountability in their own work;
  • They lead, not by authority, but by example and through encouragement and inspiration for the benefit of others;
  • They promote a culture of respect, dignity, fairness, and trust;
  • They facilitate dialogue, the sharing of ideas, and collaboration toward shared purposes;
  • They energize those working with them, inspiring engagement and shared vision;
  • They foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration in the work of others;
  • They champion the work of others above their own;
  • They demonstrate genuine care and support for the career and personal development of others.

The UFV Teamwork award recognizes teams who exemplify best practices of collegial, supportive and effective collaboration in the service of the mission and goals of the University.  

Recipients will have met a number of the following criteria:

  • The team will have made an important and notable contribution to the achievement of the mission and goals of the university;
  • The team will have a reputation for collegiality and respectful collaboration that builds on individual and shared strengths;
  • The team will be recognized for the way in which diversity in its membership has contributed to the success of the team;
  • The team will exemplify the best practices of shared leadership, cooperation, respect for diversity, and accountability;
  • The success of the team will be championed by all its members, rather than the contributions or achievements of specific members.

Who is eligible?

Permanent UFV staff and faculty (FSA and exempt) employed by the University on a continuous basis for at least three years as of December 31 of the nomination year are eligible.

Senior administrators and current members of the Service Excellence Award Selection Committees, or those who have received this award in the past five years, are not eligible. 

Who can make a nomination? 

UFV faculty or staff (FSA and exempt), students, alumni, or members of the Board of Governors who are not in a conflict of interest may nominate candidates for the award. Please review UFV conflict of interest policy to make sure you are eligible to nominate.

For more information, please contact or local 4065.

How can I nominate?


Check the eligibility of your nominee

Review the selection criteria for UFV Staff Excellence Award, UFV Inspirational Leadership Award, and UFV Teamwork Award.


Get consent from your nominee

After you are sure that your nominee qualifies, please ask your nominee to complete the Service Excellence Nominee form. Submit the completed form with your package. 


Prepare your nomination package

Nomination packages should include the following:

  • A letter (500-750 words) from the principal nominator describing how the individual or team meets or exceeds the criteria for the award.  
  • At least two but no more than five letters of support. At least two letters should be from current UFV employees. All letters must be signed.
  • A signed Service Excellence Nominee form.
  • Additional relevant documentation supporting the nomination (optional).

Submit your nomination package

Have your nomination letter, letters of support, and nominee consent form signed and ready. 

You have two options:

  • Attach scanned copies of your nomination documents to the online submission form
  • or
  • Fill out the online form and print out your confirmation email. Submit your confirmation letter with printed nomination letter, letters of support, and nominee consent form to UFV Service Excellence Awards committees, c/o Human Resources. 


Submit your nomination package

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