President's Voice of York Award


The most important voice of York is the one who makes the first contact with a visitor or community member.  The quality of responsiveness and the genuine desire to assist in the most difficult or sensitive situations is essential to York’s reputation.  Nominees for the President’s Voice of York Award are employed as front line staff and who have regular interaction with the York community. This award was established in 1999 by President Emerita Lorna R. Marsden.

The award consists of a $500 purse and a framed certificate.  The winner’s name will also be engraved on an annual plaque and displayed in the winner’s home department for one year.

Nomination Package Checklist

Please feel free to download this checklist to help you compile the nomination file and to ensure you have met all of the requirements before completing the online nomination form. NOTE: This checklist does not need to be uploaded on the nomination form, and is for your reference only.


Does your nominee:

  • Go beyond the call of duty in the capacity of their position to provide assistance to the community in a manner that exemplifies York’s values?
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and is viewed by others as an Ambassador for York?
  • Possess exceptional interpersonal skills?
  • Possess extensive knowledge of York University?
  • In a front-line capacity, regularly deal with difficult situations effectively, professionally and with compassion?

If yes, then the Voice of York Award is the award you’re looking for!


    Is your nominee:

  • A permanent staff member working 25 hours or more in a week at York that has been continuously employed for 2 years as of December 31, 2019?

If yes, then the person you've got in mind is eligible for nomination!

Nomination File Requirements

The Chief Nominator is responsible for putting together a nomination file that consists of:

  • A nomination letter (maximum of 3 pages)
  • The nominee's C.V. or work history at York University
  • The job description of the nominee's current position
  • A minimum of 3 letters total (1 nomination letter and min. 2 letters of support)
  • A maximum of 4 letters (1 nomination letter and max. 3 letters of support)
  • Each letter of support must not exceed a total of 3 pages
  • One of the letters of support, OR the nomination letter must be from the nominee’s current Manager
  • The chief nominator and one supporting nominator, OR at least 2 of the supporting nominators must be from outside of the nominee's home department
  • The total number of pages of ALL letters combined does not exceed 12 pages
  • Using quantitative and or/qualitative examples, describe how the nominee contributes to the goals/objectives, to the office/division and/or the broad York Community
  • Please illustrate with examples of how the nominee meets or exceeds the criteria for the award.
  • Quotations from other persons are not permitted and letters can only have one author. Multiple authors on a letter are not permitted.
  • Please do not include any references or confidential documents such as employee performance ratings or evaluations.
  • Please do not use acronyms in the letter.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.

Excellence is everywhere at York! We urge you to consider nominating someone from outside your home department.

Nomination Forms

Nominations can be submitted using our online application until January 20, 2020 at 4:30 PM EST.

Online Form

Please note that extensions for submission cannot be considered.

Selection Committee

The President’s Voice of York Award Selection Committee consists of six members, and is chaired by Neville McGuire, Chief of Staff, Office of the President.  Committee members are appointed by the President, and serve for three years.

Members of the Selection Committee may not initiate nominations or write a supporting letter for the President’s Voice of York Award.  If a member of the Selection Committee is nominated for the award, they shall resign from the committee.