Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff
Each year Macdonald formally honours a member of the Administrative and Support staff who demonstrates outstanding performance and contribution in support of the promotion and development of the Macdonald Campus and Community both in the execution of their duties and in the effort and commitment towards service. This award recipient will truly have made a difference to Macdonald Campus life.
The award is open to all members of the Administrative and Support Staff who have been on staff on the Macdonald Campus for a minimum of three years and who work on the Macdonald Campus at the time of nomination. Permanent part-time, permanent sessional and term appointment staff may be considered for the award; the length of service for these staff must be equivalent to three years full-time on the Campus.
A Call for Nominations for the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff in 2014 will be issued in Fall 2013. Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Macdonald Campus, 21,111 Lakeshore, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9.
The nomination should profile the nominee’s contributions to the Unit, the Faculty, the Campus, and the University. A detailed nomination letter should be signed by a minimum of five individuals of whom one may be a student. All members of the Macdonald Campus may support a nomination, including students registered on the Macdonald Campus. Nominations may be supported by members of one or more units on the Campus. No individual may nominate more than one candidate. Individuals cannot nominate themselves.
2013 Recipient: FRANCINE TARDIF, Administrative Assistant, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition
CITATION READ AT FOUNDER'S DAY (Written by Professor Stan Kubow and Louise Thibault; Citation presented by Louise Thibault)
It is with great pleasure and honor that I am presenting the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff to Francine Tardif.
Francine has been an unwavering anchor of strength and support for professors, staff and students as she keeps all of us on track as she keeps calm, cool and collected usually along with a smile or joke even when everyone else seems to be stressed out.
Francine has been with us at the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition since 1982, and she was the Administrative Assistant for School at a time that it underwent a huge reorganization, expansion and growth that included a move of all labs and offices to another location at the Macdonald Stewart Building and the hiring of several new professors – including myself, some 25 years ago! Francine was the go-to person to solve any problem (still is!) and the only person I could speak French with… Francine took on these absorbing and difficult commitments with great professionalism and dedication.
But it is Francine’s many efforts that go above and beyond the call of duty that distinguishes her for this award.
There are many highlights of her outstanding skills in management and budgeting. For example, she has been important in the successful recruitment of three CRC Chairs at the School, renovations of graduate student office space and the overseeing of the plans and construction for the new Food and Nutrition Laboratories.
Another area of excellence is Francine’s organizational skills as she has helped to initiate and organize several important conferences at McGill that are too numerous to list. For example, she Co-Chaired the 1st managerial conference in Quebec on the role of non-academics in universities.
She has also been a tremendously active in several Promotion and Public Relations activities at McGill including Founder’s Day. For instance, she is responsible for obtaining and preparing the donation of cheese from Saputo for Founder’s Day.
A unique contribution that Francine has provided has been her role as an educator. She has taken work-study undergraduate U1-U3 students to work at the main office of the School during the summer and then trained them to run an office. Based on the skills they learnt from Francine, each one of those 6 students have gone on to obtain middle management positions in major companies including within the food industry.
On a more personal note J’aimerais ajouter que Francine possède à mon sens une intelligence émitionnelle hors du commun – il va sans dire que Francine c’est aussi une épouse, une maman et une grand-maman accomplie! Cela fait de nous, membres de l’Ecole de Diététique et de Nutrition Humaine, des êtres privilégiés de pouvoir cotoyer une personne si inspirante. En mon nom personnel et celui de tous les membres de l’Ecole: Merci d’être là!
As you can see that, based on her many accomplishments, Francine is a deserving recipient of the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff. She truly deserves all our thanks for all her great efforts for the School, Macdonald Campus and the University at large.
Previous Award Recipients
Joanne Ten Eyck, Assistant to the Dean, 2012
Mike Bleho, Department of Plant Science, 2011
Luciano Germani, IT Customer Services (ICS), 2009
Roslyn James, Department of Plant Science, 2008
Peter Knox, Department of Facilities Management, 2007