Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff

This year Macdonald will formally honour 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.

This 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.

Nominations for the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff in 2023 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 no later than November 30, 2023.

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.

Le campus Macdonald honorera officiellement cette année un membre du personnel administratif et de soutien qui a obtenu un rendement exceptionnel et qui a contribué à la promotion et au développement du campus Macdonald et de la communauté dans l’exécution de ses responsabilités et dans ses efforts et sa collaboration aux services. Le lauréat de ce prix devra avoir eu un réel impact sur la vie du campus Macdonald.

Ce prix peut être décerné à tout membre du personnel administratif et de soutien à l’emploi du campus Macdonald depuis au moins trois ans et qui y travaille au moment de sa mise en candidature. La candidature des employés occupant un poste permanent à temps partiel ou un poste permanent saisonnier et du personnel nommé pour une période déterminée sera également étudiée; ces candidats doivent toutefois avoir cumulé des états de services équivalant à trois ans à temps plein au campus Macdonald.

Les candidatures pour le Prix d’excellence à l’intention du personnel administratif et de soutien du campus Macdonald 2023 doivent être envoyées au bureau du doyen, Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’environnement, Université McGill, 21 111, Lakeshore, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Québec), H9X 3V9 au plus tard 30 novembre 2023.

La candidature doit démontrer les contributions du candidat à l’unité, à la faculté, au campus et à l’université. Une lettre de candidature détaillée doit être signée par au moins cinq personnes dont une peut être un étudiant. Tous les membres du campus Macdonald peuvent appuyer une candidature, y compris les étudiants inscrits au campus Macdonald. Les candidatures peuvent être appuyées par des membres d’une ou de plusieurs unités du campus. Aucun membre ne peut approuver la candidature de plus d’un candidat. Il est également interdit de soumettre sa propre candidature.


2021 Recipient: Danielle Côté, Human Resources Advisor, AES

CITATION (prepared and read by Christine Butler, Director, Administration, Academic and Administrative Services, during the Virtual Founder's Day Celebrations)

It is my pleasure to present the Macdonald Campus Award of Excellence for Administrative and Support Staff. The award is presented to a member of the Administrative and Support Staff in recognition and in appreciation of outstanding performance and contributions to the Macdonald Campus and community both in the execution of their duties and in the effort and commitment towards service.

This year’s recipient is Danielle Côté, Human Resources Advisor for our faculty. Danielle has been with the University for almost 30 years and has been the Human Resources Advisor for the Faculty for close to 25 of those years. As the sole HR advisor in the faculty, Danielle interacts with all types of staff members from Academics to Administrative and Support staff, from Student employees to Visiting Professors. Danielle is there to guide and support us through the different stages of our careers, whether it’s a candidate submitting a CV for a job posting, responding to work permit questions for incoming Post-Docs, or a staff member grappling with the decision to retire. She’s there to support us in our life events as well, from a change in marital status to a request for a parental leave. Each one of these frequently results in Danielle having to explain all the changes to the various benefits programs the University offers; which she handles with diligence and ease.

Danielle has one of the most difficult jobs in our faculty, as she must balance the application of the University’s HR policies and regulations against the best interest of the employee. This is no small feat. She’s often involved with time-sensitive and confidential issues; she exhibits professionalism and absolute discretion throughout. She’s thoughtful, thorough, judicious and fair in everything she does. Danielle’s work ethic is impeccable and as many of us can attest, she often makes herself available anytime day or night to all who need it.

Watch a video of the virtual presentation

Previous Award Recipients

2023 Christine Butler, Director of Administration, Macdonald Campus

2022 Nancy Lavigne, Business Operations Manager, Macdonald Campus Farm 

2021 Danielle Côté, Human Resources Advisor, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

2019 Ann Gossage, Administrative Assistant (NRS and Animal Science)

2018 Macdonald Campus Care Team (Alain Bertrand, Michel Bédard, Daniel Bleho, Jean Mazerolle, Jeanne Page, Thomas Forrester, Andrew Fraser, Maoxin Xu)

2017 Michel Massé, Logistics and Macdonald Campus Operations

2016 Vee Rowat, Student Affairs Office

2014 Paul Meldrum, Manager, Macdonald Campus Farm

2013 Francine Tardif, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition

2012 Joanne Ten Eyck, Assistant to the Dean

2010 Mike Bleho, Department of Plant Science

2009 Luciano Germani, IT Customer Services (ICS)

2008 Roslyn James, Department of Plant Science

2007 Peter Knox, Department of Facilities Management

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