Do you know an outstanding, engaged, sustainable or benevolent Concordian?
From tireless volunteers and art facilitators to super composters — Concordia has them all!
Now’s your chance to nominate outstanding students, staff and faculty for four different categories of university recognition: the Concordia Council on Student Life (CCSL) Outstanding Contribution Awards, the LIVE Centre Volunteer Recognition Awards, the Office of Community Engagement's Engaged Scholar Awards and the Sustainability Champions Awards.
The deadline to put forward names is February 13.
To inspire your nominations, here are a few words from a selection of last year’s winners:
CCSL Outstanding Contribution Awards: ‘The gala shone a light across campus’
When Dave McKenzie (MA 03) won a CCSL Outstanding Contribution Award for his work as founder and coordinator of the John Molson School of Business MBA Community Service Initiative, he was happy to be among such fine company.
“At the ceremony, when I saw what the other award winners were doing, it was humbling and reinforced that Concordia is a great place to be.”
Volunteer Recognition Awards: ‘It isn’t a cost–benefit thing’
“I try to provide a non-judgmental ear,” says David Reichman (BA 16), who volunteers at Concordia’s Centre for Gender Advocacy, The Donald Berman Chai Lifeline Montreal and Friendship Circle Montreal, among other places.
“What I’m doing is so rewarding — not something I’m giving or getting. I can’t imagine a life without doing volunteer work.”
Engaged Scholar Awards: ‘The work is meaningful in itself’
Some of you may know her as a driving force behind Co-op Le Milieu, an art hive in the Centre-Sud.
Art therapy graduate student Rachel Chainey was pleasantly surprised by her nomination and subsequent win.
“There’s always a restless sense of moving forward and a desire to do better … Winning an Engaged Scholar Award made me feel like I belonged.”
Sustainability Champions Award: ‘The award boosted my resolve’
It isn’t lost on colleagues that Arlene Zimmerman, office assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, gives it her all to reduce the office’s environmental footprint.
“I’m not an extreme person, but I’m consistently doing small acts — whatever I can in the office to compost, recycle, use recycled products and project materials,” says Zimmerman, who cites the late Hugh McQueen as an inspiration. “Winning the award just made me feel more encouraged to continue.”
The deadline for all four award nominations is February 13.
Winners of the Sustainability Champions Awards will be feted at the Grey Nun’s (GN) Building lounge from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.
A gala will be held for the winners of the CCSL Outstanding Contribution Awards, the Engaged Scholar Awards and the Volunteer Recognition Awards in the Loyola Chapel (FC Building), from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13.
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