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Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award Recipients

The Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award is in recognition of Julia Hanigsberg, former vice-president, administration and finance. This award recognizes up to six individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence in one of the following areas:

  • Client service – provides exceptional client service that is professional, client-focused and collaborative beyond the position’s basic responsibility.
  • Community engagement – creates and maintains opportunities for collaboration and engagement with the surrounding community and/or within TMU’s community that have a positive social, civic, cultural, or environmental impact, and supports values of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Innovation – challenges the status quo with new solutions and applies new ways of thinking that positively transform the campus and community. These solutions may be new systems, technologies, products, programs, or policies that tackle process, social, cultural, civic, or health and safety issues. This person or team is an intrapreneur who looks for a better way of doing their job.
  • Sustainability – contributes toward an economic, social and/or environmentally sustainable initiative by developing a new solution, engaging people, or collaborating with groups on or off campus.

Individual recipients receive a certificate and a one-time monetary award of $2,000 (subject to applicable deductions). Team recipients (a group of two to 20 individuals) receive individual certificates and a total one-time monetary award of $3,000 (subject to applicable deductions) to be shared equally among members.

Key criteria: Client service; community engagement; innovation; sustainability

2023 recipients

Vincenzo Carinci

Financial Services

Vince Carinci, TMU's Director of Strategic Procurement and Payment Services is an individual who brings an admirable level of dedication, integrity and thoughtfulness to his role. He consistently goes over and above to engage with units across the University to move forward initiatives and opportunities for collaboration and engagement both within and outside of TMU that advance the University’s priorities and values and have a positive social, civic, and cultural impact on the University. In everything he does, Vince takes a highly collaborative and collegial approach, and he is highly regarded across the University as a facilitator and problem solver.

Mike Hollands

Community Safety & Security

Mike is a leader in the development of a new and instrumental facet to TMU’s Community Development through Community Safety and Security: the creation of the Crime Prevention and Community Engagement Office. Under Mike’s tutelage, a select team was assembled and implemented strategic responses to issues facing our community such as crime, racism and discrimination, recidivism, space analysis and safety recommendations while supporting internal, external resources and agencies that could mutually benefit from partnerships, understanding and education. Mike’s dedication to community is reflected in the University’s values: supporting persons affected by crime and violence, alongside a commitment to mental health.

Harsimran Rattan

Student Affairs

Simran Rattan is being nominated for the Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award under the Client Service area. Simran has excelled and went above and beyond the requirements of her role at the Career, Co-op & Student Success Centre (CC&SS) as the unit adjusted its operations during and after the pandemic. As the key person representing the front entrance (both virtually and in person) of the operation, Simran played an important role in implementing changes made to both CC&SS programming and services but also the platforms that deliver them.

Milene Santos Costa Ferreira

Faculty of Community Services

We celebrate Milene Ferreira, who epitomizes client service excellence, compassion, big picture vision and painstaking attention to detail. The magnificent Milene is student-focused, energized by challenges and adept at collaboration. Transcending the call of duty to facilitate student completion and graduation, she is the heroine of the MSW program. Indefatigable, sensitive, and knowledgeable, she makes students feel welcome and valued, contributing to the program’s recruitment and retention. We know of no one more deserving than this remarkable professional who has anchored the MSW program since its start.

Affinaquest Implementation Team

  • Nirmal Adiyodi, University Advancement
  • Sergio Chiodo, University Advancement
  • Jill Cooper, University Advancement
  • Jody Dailey, University Advancement
  • Tony Davison, University Advancement
  • Jamison Dowsett, University Advancement
  • Shawn Hymers, University Advancement
  • Myha Mac, University Advancement
  • Karen Musytschka, University Advancement
  • Meherab Saher, University Advancement
  • Als Thompson, University Advancement

The Affinquest Implementation Team is being recognized with the Julia Hanigsberg Make Your Mark Staff Award in the Innovation category for their exceptional work building a state-of-the-art database solution while keeping up with the daily demands of their regular roles. Their work as a team ensured the university’s investment was strategic and strengthened the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation. They collectively shaped a new system that is increasing Advancement’s ability to track the complexity and development of alumni, donor and prospect relationships, and positioned it to leverage that activity for increased revenue.

Branded Materials Transition Project

  • Nuala Byles, Athletics & Recreation
  • Gina Vaccaro, Athletics & Recreation

As the university prepared for the new name, Nuala Byles and Gina Vaccaro recognized that the transition must uphold the university’s commitment to sustainability. As the Athletics and Recreation Department considered the pathways for the branded materials they would be phasing out, they strategized how to expand these efforts through a campus-wide Branded Materials Transition Project. The project has collected over 12,000kg of materials that can be recycled, (re)used or repurposed in the most sustainable ways possible. The project's impact extends past that of a sustainability effort by engaging the community, fostering collaboration, and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Past recipients

  • Adam Chaboryk
    Computing and Communications Services
  • Hirma Leon
    The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Spiros Vavougios
    Office of the General Counsel and Board Secretariat
  • The Classroom Refresh Project Team
    • Ryann Campbell, Facilities Management and Development
    • Michelle Schwartz, Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching
    • Grant Te Brugge, Facilities Management and Development
  • Media Services Team
    • Brian Boase, Computing and Communications Services
    • Robert Brown, Computing and Communications Services
    • James Cousins, Computing and Communications Services
    • Sean Kearns, Computing and Communications Services
    • Sergei Lipnitski, Computing and Communications Services
    • Luke Nater, Computing and Communications Services
    • Steve Pelletier, Computing and Communications Services
    • Jacub Rak, Computing and Communications Services
    • Randall Savoie, Computing and Communications Services
  • Office of Aboriginal Initiatives
    • Sheila Desjarlais, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Sarena Johnson, Student Affairs
    • Samantha Mandamin, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Monica Mckay, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Jo-Anne Miller, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Brian Norton, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Sheila Saikkonen, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Diane Simone, Equity and Community Inclusion
    • Cheryl Trudeau, Equity and Community Inclusion
  • Lyn-Marie Farley
    Student Affairs
  • Elzbieta Hyatt
    University Planning
  • Kevin Liu
    Faculty of Science
  • Sean Sedlezky
    Ted Rogers School of Management
  • Campus Core Revitalization Project Team
    • Matthew Baker, University Relations
    • Nicolas De Salaberry, Facilities Management and Development
    • Victoria Lee, Facilities Management and Development
    • Edward Johnson (Jay) Martin, Facilities Management and Development
    • Jule Mycan, Facilities Management and Development
    • Charmian Zoll, Administration and Operations Communications and Facilities Management and Development
  • Department of Chemistry and Biology Technical Staff (RALE Development) Team
    • Saif Al Alul, Faculty of Science
    • Miriam de Jong, Faculty of Science
    • Robert Denning, Faculty of Science
    • Angelica Florentinus-Mefailoski, Faculty of Science
    • Shawn McFadden, Faculty of Science
    • Karen Puddephatt, Faculty of Science
    • Liberty Victorio-Walz, Faculty of Science
    • Wei Zhang, Faculty of Science
  • UA Employee Engagement Task Force
    • Rachel Falzon, University Advancement
    • Claudia Hughes, University Advancement
    • Florence James, University Advancement
    • Rudo Mataure, University Advancement
    • Natasha Ramnath, University Relations
    • Meherab Saher, University Advancement
    • Katarzyna Stec, Ted Rogers School of Management
    • Angela Steinmann, University Advancement
    • Jae Yang, University Advancement
  • Get Ryerson Ready Team
    • Andrew Bisnauth, Student Affairs
    • Casey Dorrell, Ted Rogers School of Management
    • Meera Govindasam, Student Affairs
    • Michelle Green, Office of the Registrar
    • Juannittah Kamera, Student Wellbeing
    • Deidre Lam, Student Affairs
    • Kathryn Maksym, Athletics and Recreation
    • Ann Wilkin, Student Affairs
  • Michelle Hounslow
    University Advancement
  • Stephanie Jakubowicz
    Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science
  • Centre for Urban Innovation (CUI) Development Team
    • Danny Baltazar, Facilities Management and Development
    • Ryann Campbell, Facilities Management and Development
    • Kevin Davies, Computing and Communications Services
    • Nicolas De Salaberry, Facilities Management and Development
    • Loudanski Gumbs, Community Safety & Security
    • Jean-Francois Landry, Facilities Management and Development
    • David Lester, Computing and Communications Services
    • Shane Penney, Computing and Communications Services
    • Grant Te Brugge, Facilities Management and Development
  • Library Circulation Team
    • Joseph Boissonneau, Library and Archives
    • Michelle Chen, Library and Archives
    • Barbara Dajnowiec, Library and Archives
    • Jennifer Ellis, Library and Archives
    • Venugopal Gudivada, Library and Archives
    • Flora Hon, Library and Archives
    • Abraham Kassa, Library and Archives
    • Marisa Nunes, Library and Archives
    • Jeanine Orleans, Library and Archives
    • Kevin Tan, Library and Archives
  • Marketing and Creative Services
    • Cristina Blesa, University Relations
    • Nik Firka, University Relations
    • Derek Flack, University Relations
    • Michael Lund, University Relations
    • James Wentzell, University Relations
  • Road Salt Reduction Demonstration
    • Mario Aquino, Facilities Management and Development
    • Daniel Batko, Facilities Management and Development
    • Joey DeMelo, Facilities Management and Development
    • Kieran McCully, Facilities Management and Development
    • Dawn McLean, Facilities Management and Development
    • Angela Murphy, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science
    • Claire Oswald, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Faculty of Arts
    • Todd Palmatier, Facilities Management and Development
    • Sharmilla Raj, Facilities Management and Development
    • Guillermo Torres, Facilities Management and Development
    • James Trimble, Facilities Management and Development
  • Staff Voluntary Retirement Incentive
    • Carey Barker, Human Resources
    • Jan Neiman, Human Resources
    • Emily Pomeroy, Human Resources
  • Student Financial Assistance
    • Irene Chiriboga, Office of the Registrar
    • Winnie Fung, Office of the Registrar
    • Gracie Gauci, Office of the Registrar
    • Min (Mary) Liu, Office of the Registrar
    • Kathryn Macmillan, Office of the Registrar
    • Bianca Marryshow, Office of the Registrar
    • Natasha Matthews, Office of the Registrar
    • Christine Micallef, Office of the Registrar
    • Steven Nguyen, Office of the Registrar
    • Michelle Robertson, Office of the Registrar
    • Brett Taylor, Office of the Registrar
    • Jasmine Visto, Office of the Registrar
    • Nelane Yamunarasan, Office of the Registrar
  • Marcelle Mullings
    Office of the Vice-Provost, Students
  • Janice Pinto
    Spanning the Gaps, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Brian Withers
    RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Ceremonials Office Team
  • #RoadtoRyerson Orientation Leadership Team
  • Union/Management Teams for 2018 CUPE 233 Collective Agreement Renewal
  • The White Privilege Conference Operations Planning Group
  • Jennifer Barcelona
    Student Affairs
  • Nene Brode
    Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
  • Maria Burgos
    Faculty of Community Services
  • Marilou Cruz
    The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
  • Carson Pun
    Faculty of Arts
  • Nursing Course Relocation Team
  • Marietta Canlas
    School of Graphic Communications Management, Faculty of Communication and Design
  • Loudanski Gumbs
    Security Services, Integrated Risk Management
  • Arlene Throness
    Food Services, University Business Services
  • Toronto Metropolitan University Lifeline Syria Challenge Team
  • Take Our Kids to Work Day Team
  • University Undergraduate Calendar Project Team
  • Your Neighbour Program Team