U of T Celebrates its ‘True Blue’ Faculty, Librarians, & Staff

U of T ranks among the best universities globally because of outstanding employees whose efforts support and improve our tri-campus community. The University’s True Blue Award recognizes and celebrates some of the exemplary faculty, librarians and staff whose contributions make the U of T an excellent place to work.

We are pleased to announce our most recent recipients of the True Blue Award. These individuals were nominated for a True Blue Award when their colleagues sent them a True Blue Recognition on the True Blue Recognition Platformbetween February & April 2021. Join us in celebrating these individuals who went above and beyond in their commitment to the University.

True Blue Recognitions highlight the outstanding daily contributions of our faculty, librarians, & staff. Expressing gratitude for our colleague’s work is an integral part of fostering a culture of inclusion and appreciation at the University of Toronto.

Meet some of our latest True Blue

February 2021


Jenny was recognized for involvement in the successful implementation of ServiceNow. The insight and feedback Jenny provided to the UTSC implementation team helped them publish effectively.

Jenny Hu


Derek was recognized for helping his colleagues migrate systems and providing support in a period of significant change in his unit.

Derek McCabe


Michele was recognized for her work in organizing a virtual Black History Month Luncheon. Her masterful handling of the event allowed the audience to engage with the event.

Michele Cheh


Sandy was recognized for the outstanding support she consistently provides to her colleagues and the superior quality of work she produces at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education.

Sandy Heming

March 2021


Gabriel was recognized for his superb planning of an upcoming electrical shutdown that led to a smooth and orderly reopening.

Gabriel Moga


Laura was recognized for her leadership and guidance by helping CSE professional staff through the virtual hiring process and making it creative and exciting.

Laura Walkling


Megan was recognized for her ingenuity and on-the-spot thinking when working with special events while adapting to the needs of film shoots.

Megan Evans


Navlinderpal was recognized for her dedication to her work and colleagues by going the extra mile to help her colleagues with IT problems after hours.

Navlinderpal Kaur


Sarah was recognized for contributing ‘above and beyond’, serving on interview panels while managing a full workload.

Sarah Baker


Steve was recognized for the work and dedication demonstrated during the PharmD Induction Ceremony while simultaneously concentrating on student wellbeing and experience.

Steven Southon

April 2021


Ai-Ri was recognized for her leadership in providing insights and understanding of the intricacies of course planning with her colleagues.

Ai-Ri Brown


Alim was recognized for consistently and enthusiastically going above and beyond the expectations of his role, ensuring students are supported and heard.

Alim Alarakhia


Brenda was recognized for her input and presentation at the Advancement College while ensuring a thoughtful and engaging approach for her colleagues across advancement.

Brenda Registe


Lola was recognized for excelling in a new position during the pandemic and for how she enthusiastically exceeded the expectations of her role.

Lola Cullen


Sebastian was recognized for the process he created that allowed students to perform in-person with virtual adjudicators, giving the students some resemblance of a typical year.

Sebastian Bisciglia


Yayo was recognized for her counselling and mentorship given during UTL’s Mentorship Program. She helped participants navigate and understand the system while preparing them for whatever they could meet in the workplace.

Yayo Umetsubo