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Honouring Excellence in the Categories of Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership, Team Effort and Team Player

Posted on February 14, 2012

On February 9, 2012, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) celebrated the achievements of the School’s staff members and paid tribute to the important work that all NOSM staff do in pursuit of Innovative Education and Research for a Healthier North .

The Staff Awards of Excellence are held annually. Outstanding staff members are nominated by their colleagues, managers, faculty members, Board members, and NOSM learners, and a volunteer judging panel oversees the selection of the recipient(s). There are five categories in which staff are nominated and then selected for Awards of Excellence: Innovation, Inspiration, Leadership, Team Effort, and Team Player.


The Innovation category recognizes a staff member who is identified as an innovative thinker by peers, has recommended or implemented process improvements or new concepts to the betterment of the School’s objects, and continues to work towards improved efficiency. The recipient of the Innovation award is Julie Pacifico, Admissions Officer at NOSM’s West Campus.


The Inspiration category honours a staff member that interacts with others in a positive, enthusiastic, and respectful manner. They may work diligently “behind the scenes” and encourage the development of others as well as themselves. The recipient of the Inspiration award is Charlie Armstrong, Facilities Operations Assistant at NOSM’s East Campus.


The nominees in the Leadership category model leadership qualities by example. They deal ethically in all organizational relationships, demonstrate and encourage commitment to excellence, and motivate others to succeed. The recipient of the Leadership award is Sue Berry, Assistant Dean, Integrated Clinical Learning.

Team Effort

The Team Effort category recognizes a team of individuals who have exhibited the achievement of goals through collaboration, and contribute to the enhancement of School values, operations, and services. The recipients of the Team Effort award is the Communications Team. NOSM’s Communications Team includes staff members Kimberley Larkin, Mathieu Seguin, Melanie Dellaire, and Tammy Dickey, all of whom work at NOSM’s East Campus.

Team Player

The Team Player category honours a staff member who demonstrates the ability to work well and collaborate within a team situation, solicits the input of others who are affected by plans or activities, and demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills. The recipient of the Team Player award is Mike Lenardon, Information Technologist at NOSM’s West Campus.

“Without question, the many successes of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s learners and programs are testament to the excellence of the staff who work for NOSM,” said Dr. Roger Strasser, NOSM Dean.  “Congratulations to all of NOSM’s Staff Awards of Excellence recipients and nominees.”