Nominations now open for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Awards

 

The UVic Alumni Association celebrated the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards with a special recognition video, featuring inspiring stories from the recipients. Click HERE to read more about the 2022 recipients, or scroll down to submit a nomination for the 2023 awards. 


 

How to nominate

Nominations for the 2023 UVic Distinguished Alumni Awards are open May 2, 2022 to Oct. 14, 2022.

Help us celebrate the remarkable achievements of University of Victoria graduates.

Nominate a friend, family member, colleague or former classmate for a Distinguished Alumni Award in one of three categories.

Presidents' Alumni Awards

Top awards given by the President of University of Victoria (UVic) and the President of the UVic Alumni Association (UVAA) to distinguished alumni. The Presidents’ Alumni Award is the Alumni Association’s highest honour. This award recognizes the outstanding lifetime accomplishments of alumni who have earned national or international regard or have had significant local impact as a result of their outstanding professional achievements and/or service to society.

Emerging Alumni Awards

Recognize the outstanding professional achievements and/or contributions of recent alumni to the community. Recipients must have been graduated 10 years or less at time of nomination deadline.

Indigenous Community Alumni Awards

Recognize contributions of alumni to Indigenous communities, which have improved outcomes for Indigenous people and contributes to Truth and Reconciliation. Minimum of one award to be given to an Indigenous graduate.

If you have previously shared a nomination that was unsuccessful, we encourage you to resubmit again this year.

Each nomination package must contain a complete nomination form, written statement, and up to three letters of support.

As you compile the nomination package, there will be pieces of key information to support your submission that you may only learn from the nominee themselves. This information could deeply enhance and strengthen the nomination. Therefore, we strongly recommend nominators notify nominees of any submissions.

Eligibility requirements

  • Nominees must have earned a degree, diploma or certificate at UVic (as conferred by the Senate); have completed 15 units of studies at Victoria College; or graduated from Victoria Normal School. 
  • Alumni who have only received an honorary degree from the University of Victoria are not eligible for these awards. However, alumni who have one of the above AND an honorary degree are eligible.
  • Current or recent members of the UVic Alumni Association Board (i.e. past two years) and members of their families are not eligible to be nominated. Exceptions may be made where an award is time-sensitive.
  • Members of public office are not eligible to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award during their term.
  • Once the individual no longer holds an elected or appointed position in political office, they are eligible.
  • Alumni who have previously received a Distinguished Alumni Award are not eligible. 
  • Alumni Awards are not awarded posthumously.
  • Emerging Alumni Award nominees must have been graduated for 10 years or less at the time of the nomination deadline (Oct. 14, 2012).

Contact alumasst@uvic.ca with any questions regarding eligibility.

Diversity

UVic embeds practices of equity, diversity, accessibility, inclusion and dialogue throughout the university community so that all members feel welcomed, valued and supported to achieve their highest potential. Nominations that reflect the diversity of our graduates are welcome and encouraged.

Nomination form

Complete your nomination form using the online form here.

Printed nomination packages may be submitted via the following methods: 

  • Mail: UVic Alumni Relations PO Box 1700 STN CSC Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
  • Drop Off: Alumni House Ian Stewart Complex 3964 Gordon Head Road Victoria BC V8N 3X3

All materials must be received/post marked by the closing date of nominations, Oct. 14, 2022 or earlier.

Please call Alumni Relations at 250-721-6000 or email alumasst@uvic.ca to confirm UVic qualifications if required.

Written statement

The nominator should address the eligibility criteria and detail why the nominee deserves to be recognized by outlining the details below in 1,000 words or less. If a statement exceeds this length, then only the first 1,000 words will be reviewed.

Please refrain from including links to supporting materials (list of awards, media clippings, electronic media footage, etc.).

Presidents’ Alumni Awards:

  • Briefly describe your relationship to the nominee and how their impact inspires you.
  • What contributions has the nominee made that are sustained and significant?
  • Clearly explain the impact the nominee’s accomplishments have had on their profession, community and/or society (either locally, nationally and/or internationally).
  • In what ways does the nominee bring great distinction to UVic and contribute “to a better future for people and the planet”?
  • How are the nominee’s achievements exceptional? What differentiates them from others? Why do these achievements go above and beyond what is normally expected of someone in a similar role?
  • Provide examples of how the nominee demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities.

 

Emerging Alumni Awards:

  • Briefly describe your relationship to the nominee and how their impact inspires you.
  • Clearly explain the impact the nominee’s accomplishments have had on their profession, community and/or society (either locally, nationally and/or internationally).
  • How do their accomplishments predict future success and raise their profile within their community, nationally and/or internationally? How do they bring greater recognition to their profession?
  • Provide examples of how the nominee demonstrates a variety of leadership qualities.
  • In what ways do their work and/or accomplishments inspire action, emotion or a response in others?

Indigenous Community Alumni Awards:

  • Briefly describe your relationship to the nominee and how their impact inspires you.
  • What contributions has the nominee made to Indigenous communities that have improved outcomes for Indigenous peoples?
  • How has their work, whether professional or volunteer, demonstrated a significant impact within Indigenous communities in Canada or elsewhere?
  • Explain how their work contributes to the reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
  • In what ways does their role, work and/or contribution in their community raise awareness of Indigenous issues and inspire action, emotion or a positive response in others?

Letter(s) of support (optional)

Up to three letters will be reviewed and considered in the order in which they are received. Letters of support are optional but strongly encouraged.

  • Ideal supporter(s) are people who can personally comment on the specific achievements, contributions and the impact of the actions of the person nominated.
  • Reference letter(s) are intended to support and add broader detail to the information provided in the answers to the written statement and summary questions.
  • Letters can be 1-2 pages in length. If a letter exceeds this length then only the 2 pages will be reviewed.
  • Letters of support must be written specifically for the Alumni Awards program.
  • Referees with high standing in their community, field or profession are recommended.
  • Letters of support must not be written by the nominator.

If you would like a list of detailed instructions for the letters of support, please contact alumasst@uvic.ca.

Do not include

The following items will not be reviewed by the Selection Committee:

  • Resumes or curriculum vitaes.
  • Additional support letters beyond the three maximum accepted.
  • Supporting materials including lists of academic publications, video footage, news articles, etc.