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Gryphon Athletics Announces Annual ARC Part-Time Staff Awards

Thursday, March 25, 2021 (GUELPH, Ont.) - The University of Guelph, Department of Athletics presented their employee awards in a virtual ceremony. In recent years, the ARC award banquet has become a bright spot on the annual calendar celebrating the hard work and dedication of all of our part-time staff that contribute to the success of the Department of Athletics. Especially this year, opening with COVID-19 protocols we saw the ARC awards banquet as especially important to acknowledge all that our team have done to keep us open and members safe. We had 77 staff join us and cheer along their co-workers who were recognized. 

The Directors Award was given to Meaghan Walsh from both the Facilities and Events unit. This award is presented to the part time employee who exemplifies the true nature of the department of athletics. This person is an individual who conduscts themselves as an ambassador of athletics at all times. The characteristics of this employee are:
• Ambassador for athletics throughout the campus and city communities
• Excellent leadership within the department
• Goes above and beyond and conducts themselves with maturity
• Creates a sense of team work within their units
• Has worked a minimum of 3 semesters for the department

The Service and Dedication award was given to Garrett Watkins from the Fitness unit. This award is presented to the part time employee who puts service first in their daily job tasks. This person understands the value of excellent customer service for both internal and external customers. The characteristics of this employee are:
• Displays enthusiasm and dedication to their work unit and the department as a whole
• Greets all members and customers with a smile and takes the time to get to know them
• Extremely reliable
• Presents themselves in clean, presentable uniform
• Interacts with other campus organizations on behalf of the department

The Matrix Fitness Student Leadership Award was presented to Zane White from the Fitness unit. The winner receives a $1,000 scholarship from Matrix. This award is presented to the part time employee who is a current full time post secondary undergraduate student and acts as a role model for their peers. This person is a leader within the department and demonstrates the following qualities:
• Someone who makes coming to work enjoyable
• Motivates their coworkers
• Takes on a mentorship role among their peers
• Looks for ways to improve their work environment
• Leads by modeling a friendly, inclusive and professional attitude
• Encourages cross-unit co worker bonding and development
• Supportive and encouraging of the spirit of arc (athletics and recreation committee)
• Has worked a minimum of 2 semesters for the department

Major Award Nominees. This group of individuals were nominated by their Supervisors and peers for all that they contributed this year.

  • Burke Bechard
  • Zayn Abbas
  • Hannah Johnston
  • Justice Luddington

Congratulations to all our Unit Award winners:

FITNESS – ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-21  Tanner Rankine   

FITNESS CENTRE STAFF OF THE YEAR 2020-21 Nick Ritchie                          

FITNESS - HEART AWARD 2020-21 Nik Towsley                                                  

FITNESS – GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD 2020-21 Emilie Nicholl

FITNESS INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-21 Stewart Trail             

PERSONAL TRAINER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-21   Garrett Watkins         

Fitness MVP OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-21 Austin Rose                                           

FIELDS/FIELDHOUSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2020-21   Matthew MacNeill                   

FIELDS/FIELDHOUSE MVP 2020-21 Meaghan Walsh                                                                   

GGAC mvp AWARD 2020-21  Kyle Robinson                                                        

GRYPHON CENTRE ARENA MVP 2020-21 Patrick Nyman                               

CLIENT SERVICES ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020-21 Alyssa Wensing               

CLIENT SERVICES MVP AWARD 2020-21 Paola Varela                

CLIENT SERVICES TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD.2020-21 Olivia Gurtner

CLIENT SERVICES PLUS-MINUS AWARD 2020-21 Kaley Pilon                            

Rookie MONITOR/Official of the Year Award 2020-21- Zenovia Diakoloukas                 

THE Intramural Administrator of the Year Award 2020-21- Isaac McCutcheon 

AQUATICS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2020-21 Emily Eybergen                              

AQUATICS INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR 2020-21 David Rodal-Rivera

AQUATICS INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR 2020-21 Kristen Lutz   

AQUATICS LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR 2020-21 Justice Luddington     

AQUATICS LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR 2020-21 Dan Lencki

ACTIVE KIDS TRAILBLAZER AWARD 2020-21 Ali Primm                                              

GRYPHON ACTIVITY CAMPS STAFF “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD 2020-21  Burke Bechard

 

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