Who’s True Blue: Liana Williams, Barbara Gibson & Chris Meledes

The True Blue Award emerged from the most recent Speaking Up: Faculty & Staff Experience Survey. The results showed that feeling valued and recognized in the communities in which they work rated highly among employees.

The True Blue Award complements the recognition programs already in existence at the University of Toronto (U of T) and provides staff and faculty with an opportunity to recognize their colleagues in a more informal way. Award recipients are nominated by their colleagues for embodying U of T’s true-blue spirit.

Read on to find out why.

Liana Williams

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)

'I am true blue' button on corkboard“She has greatly assisted with my own professional development by encouraging and fostering conversation around professional and personal growth. She is a delight to work with.”

“I have benefited greatly by her informal guidance and have seen my own professional capacity increase.

“Liana ensures that she greets every single person in the office with a smile and a good morning and has done so every morning since she entered this role.  I am honored to nominate Liana for this role as she truly deserves the recognition.”

Barbara Gibson


“As contract staff, we’re not often provided professional opportunities to further develop our skills since we often move on to another study when the funding is over.

“Barbara encourages me to discuss things I would like to accomplish in the following year and provides specific opportunities to me to fulfill these ideas.

“She was a very supportive and caring mentor and boss.”

Chris Meledes


“Chris is a true team player and has gone beyond the call of duty in helping me…. He literally spent hours of his own time supporting…and was actively involved in ensuring [that] no disruption or problem resulted on a major project. Without his efforts I am convinced the project would have collapsed.

“He is truly dedicated, smart, and so helpful, not just for me in this situation but as a citizen of the Faculty of Pharmacy.

“I am not alone in benefiting from Chris’ amazing support to academic and administrative staff within our Faculty.”

Does this remind you of someone you know? Nominate them for a True Blue Award.