Celebrating Excellence: Librarians and Staff Recognized at Inaugural EUTA Awards Presentation

University President Meric Gertler speaking with attendee at the Exemplary U of T Ambassador Awards presentation.

The Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture (PSEC) held the inaugural Exemplary U of T Ambassador Awards (EUTA) presentation ceremony and reception recently on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Desautels Hall. The award winners, their nominators and the adjudication committees attended the event. Notable speakers at the presentation included Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, David Palmer, Vice-President, Advancement, and Erin Jackson, Assistant Vice-President, University Human Resources. 

EUTA is the latest addition to U of T’s central recognition program and represents the most significant expansion of the type of work and accomplishments that the University celebrates in over a decade. According to President Gertler, the EUTA awards “allow us to better acknowledge the contributions and achievements of exemplary staff and librarians who have made a profound and positive impact on our university.” 

Erin Jackson, Assistant Vice-President, University Human Resources, addressing the room at Desautels Hall.

The eighteen individuals and six teams were recognized for their outstanding performance, dedication, and service to the University.  

“The EUTA awards afford us an important opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our colleagues from across our three campuses, at all levels of the University, and in all stages of their career and to foster a culture of appreciation,” said President Gertler. “The recipients we are honouring today have set an extremely high bar for future candidates. On behalf of the University of Toronto, and your many friends and colleagues in our community, thank you for your excellent—and innovative—service and remarkable dedication to the University of Toronto. You are a wonderful inspiration for all of us to continue working together to make the University of Toronto a better place.” 

Exemplary U of T Ambassador Award plaques sitting on a table, before being presented to award winners.

Palmer noted, “The nominations confirmed that the University is incredibly fortunate to have such talent and dedication within its employee community. It’s so important to recognize the impact that staff and librarians have on this institution and on the students who learn here. “

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for your dedication to making U of T a better place. 

View the gallery of photos from the event.

See the complete award-winning profiles and projects.