Nomination Tips

Helpful tips for writing your Western Award of Excellence nomination

Remember award recipients are selected based solely on the information you provide in your nomination materials.

Some questions to ponder and answer within your examples:

  • How does this person or team put aside self interest?
  • What is the impact this person or team leaves with students, faculty, co-workers, alumni and/or community members?
  • How does this person or team go above and beyond their normal role expectations?

A guide for writing an example:

Instead of writing:  “John is always thinking of others.”

Explain “how” by writing something like:

“A typical example of John’s efforts to share his knowledge and expertise with others includes the time he organized a series of educational sessions for new staff in our area. He even arranged for guest speakers from across campus to share information about their services.”

Consider and provide examples that demonstrate the nominee’s involvement at Western:


Contributes to providing an outstanding Western Experience:

  • Make Western a great place to work, learn and live
  • Pursue a standard of excellence
  • Go above and beyond their jobs
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation
  • Demonstrate personal initiative
  • Maintain a positive attitude in a front line service

Promotes leadership and personal growth

  • Share their knowledge and expertise with others
  • Motivate others with friendliness
  • Cooperate with others
  • Support and serve others
  • Provide an example through their commitment to personal development and growth

Builds and fosters Western’s Core Values of Integrity, Respect and Commitment to Service.

The Western Award of Excellence is the highest level of campus-wide recognition for the exceptional performance of Western staff (individuals and teams).  Nominations for this year's awards closed on May 27, 2016.