The purpose of the President’s Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement is to recognize excellence in community engagement activities among Vancouver Island Faculty and Staff.  The awards are announced on an annual basis at a celebratory event held every fall. These awards publicly recognize faculty and staff at the institution for their efforts to support the University’s core commitment to engaging with the community and region as articulated in our strategic action plan.

Community engagement draws upon capabilities of the University’s employees and students to work collaboratively with community groups and organizations in mutually agreed projects that build collective capacity, improve wellbeing, and produce just and sustainable outcomes in the interests of individuals, communities and the University.

There are six award categories:

Exemplary community-academic partnership award

  • This award is given to recognize a mutually beneficial partnership between an individual or group at Vancouver Island University and an external community (or organization, agency). The work of the partnership should align with the vision and mandate of both partners resulting in new, innovative and measurable impacts to community stakeholders and the VIU community.

Community-engaged scholarship, research and creative activity award

  • This award is given to recognize faculty members at VIU that have engaged in scholarship, research or creative activity with community partners. The activity resulted in the emergence of new knowledge and insights that benefitted both the discipline of the researcher(s) and the needs of the community involved.

Community leadership award

  • This award is given to recognize VIU faculty, staff, alumni or students that have demonstrated significant and valuable leadership in the community.  Their leadership contributions have enhanced the reputation of VIU while furthering significant community priorities.

 Community outreach award

  • This award is given to recognize VIU faculty or staff that have demonstrated excellence in outreach activity within the VIU region.  Outreach may include the sharing of knowledge in any media (presentations, workshops, videos etc.) that transcends the walls of the university to benefit society.

Indigenous engagement award

  • This award is given to recognize VIU faculty, staff or students that have developed respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous community partners.  The relationship has enabled VIU to deepen its commitment to Truth and Reconciliation and has resulted in transformative learning and growth for the recipient.

International engagement award

  • This award is given to recognize VIU faculty or staff that have demonstrated excellence in engagement within the international context.  Engagement may include the development of mutually beneficial partnerships that result in opportunities for student engagement, research projects that provide training opportunities for VIU students, or outreach such as the sharing of knowledge in any media (presentations, workshops, videos etc.).

Nomination Process 

  1. A call for nominations will be shared internally and externally to VIU each March with a deadline of May 31st each year. 

  2. Decisions will be made by a committee comprised of: a) the President, b) the Provost, c) the Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity, d) the Associate Vice-President of University Relations, e) the Director of Aboriginal Education.

Criteria for Nominations

  • Individuals and organizations, regardless of previous nominations, are eligible to apply.

  • Individuals and organizations nominated last year must clarify within this year’s nomination submission what is new/different about the current year’s nomination submission.

  •  Evaluation Rubric 

 The nomination package should contain the following:

PLEASE NOTE: all attachments must be submitted together in one PDF and sent electronically to Nicole Vaugeois, AVP Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity at Nicole.vaugeois@viu.ca . If supporting materials are to be included, they should be clearly labeled and sent on a separate USB through internal mail to 305-456.

  • A completed nomination form

  • A cover page indicating the name of the nominee, the award, and contact information.

  • One nominating letter from faculty, staff or students, no more than three pages, which includes a narrative description advocating for and making the case for why this nominee’s accomplishments are outstanding relative to others doing community engaged work at VIU, and demonstrating how the nominee(s) meets the criteria for the award.

  • A minimum of two supporting letters from faculty, staff, students, community partners, and/or alumni that demonstrate how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Each letter should be no more than two pages in length.

  • A current copy of nominee’s resume/CV provided by the nominee.

  • (Optional) Media clips, press releases, or articles related to Nominee’s community engaged work may be included on a flash drive. Print articles may not exceed 10 pages total.

  • If necessary, the Committee may request further information from the nominee or group before a final decision is made.

Awardee Recognition

Awardees will be recognized for their exemplary work in Community Engagement by:

  • Being featured as an awardee at fall recognition event.

  • Receiving a framed certificate

  • Being featured in the special feature articles and highlights through other VIU communication platforms and external news sources.

Nomination packets should be emailed as one PDF to the Associate Vice-President, Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity.

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