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Employee Awards

Employee Recognition

Mount Royal University recognizes that talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Across the University, employees contribute in many ways that help ensure an exceptional undergraduate experience for our students.

February 4th, 2019 Update:

The employee recognition program has been put on hold for one year to focus on rebuilding a program that is meaningful to employees and sustainable for the University. The Distinguished Faculty Awards, which fall under the Office of the Provost, are going ahead because they are tied into national opportunities.

The decision to review the program is based on a genuine desire to improve it. We appreciate everyone's patience while we undergo this important review. Updates will be shared with the campus community, and we look forward to being able to announce a new and more meaningful recognition program for Mount Royal later this year.


Open the Employee Awards 2018 program.

Mount Royal University celebrates our 2018 Distinguished Awards honourees:


Distinguished Staff:

Heather Evans

Trinda Guillet

Wanda Smith

Distinguished Administrator/Manager:

Phil Warsaba

Distinguished Faculty:

Dr. Yasmin Dean

Dr. Evelyn Field

Dr. Scott Murray

Dr. Pamini Thangarajah

Sarah Brown

Brenda Lang

Dr. Micheline Maylor

Distinguished Teaching (non-credit):

Dr. Sarah Orton

Effective Team:

Cougars Inclusive Brand Committee

North to South Team

Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Season Team

Distinguished Staff:

Tara Grams

Charmene Brewer

Angela Waldie

Distinguished Administrator/Manager

Dr. Paul Varella

Distinguished Faculty

Dr. Mary-Lee Mulholland

Dr. Lynn Moorman

Dr. Brett McCollum

Dr. Leah Hamilton

Heather Dirks

Joe Kadi

Heather MacLeod

Distinguished Teaching Award (Non-Credit)

Jean-Louis Bleau

Adam Czarnecki

Effective Team

Emergency Response Centre (EOC)

Senior Midwives Tutor Training Program (SMTTP)


Employee Awards program 2017 [pdf]

Employee Awards is a special time for the Mount Royal community - a time when we pause to honour our peers.

Employee Recognition Archive

In honour and recognition of past Distinguished Employee Award winners, long service and retirement recipients, an online archive has been compiled. The archive is current up to and including the year 2015. Please visit the archive.

Employee Recognition Archive

Employee Awards Program 2016 [pdf]

2016 Employee Awards Videos

Tom Buchanan - Distinguished Administrator Award

Craig Baskett - Distinguished Staff Award

Pam Jonnson - Distinguished Staff Award

Linda Walker - Distinguished Staff Award

Cari Merkley - Distinguished Faculty Award

Kevin O'Connor - Distinguished Faculty Award

Irene Shankar - Distinguished Faculty Award

Elizabeth Szojka - Distinguished Teaching Award

Distinguished Faculty Award

For more information or to nominate a faculty member for the Distinguished Faculty Award (credit), please visit