Categories and criteria

There are four categories of awards all of which are open for individual and team nomination. Nominees must be active employees within the nominating year to be eligible. 

Navigator Award

This award recognizes individuals or teams who demonstrate inclusivity—they create a welcoming and respectful environment that advances the university’s mission, values and commitment to excellence by allowing everyone to contribute and achieve their best.

Criteria

Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrating UVic’s commitment to inclusive excellence, equity, diversity and respect for all persons through action or advocacy that makes UVic a more welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone who learns, works or visits on campus
  • Furthering the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of the UVic community
  • Guiding us toward our goals with behaviour that embodies and exemplifies our values, culture and history.

Collaborator Award

This award recognizes individuals or teams who collaborate—they contribute to our collegial culture and environment by building mutually beneficial relationships within the university, the local community and beyond.

Criteria

Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

  • Demonstrating exceptional leadership, either personal or positional, that brings people together to further the mission and vision of the university
  • Fostering collaboration, communication and cooperation among colleagues and stakeholders through exceptional participation and effectiveness in university governance or planning processes
  • Developing outreach programs and activities that invite and encourage collaboration and partnerships between UVic and our local and global communities.

Cultivator Award

This award recognizes individuals or teams who make continuous improvements—they nurture and grow our existing organizational, human, financial and physical resources to create an extraordinary experience for students, faculty, staff or our community.

*Nominees who have created new resources and processes may be better suited for the Innovator Award.

Criteria

Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

  • Finding new and better ways to use existing UVic assets and resources
  • Developing significant improvements for an existing process, service, or equipment that enhances the experience for users and furthers university objectives
  • Improves—either visibly or behind-the-scenes—the quality and livability of our campus.

Innovator Award

This award recognizes individuals or teams who innovate—they create and contribute to positive change and progress at UVic.

*Nominees who have improved existing resources and processes may be better suited for the Cultivator Award.

Criteria

Nomination criteria may include but is not limited to:

  • Helping create and implement an innovative new process or service
  • Challenging the status quo in a way that positively contributes to the university’s mission
  • Contributing inspiring, constructive and provocative ideas that enrich the university’s culture.