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Community Connections Awards

The Community Connections Awards recognize individuals or teams of community members, faculty, staff, students, or post-doctoral fellows who embody the spirit of the University of Alberta’s promise, “uplifting the whole people.” 

The awards honour the positive impact of nominees on communities near and far, as well as their impact on the university. Award winners may be distinguished through such community service activities as volunteer work, public speaking, school visits, or other outstanding community service. These awards, created by the Office of the Vice-President (University Relations), are presented annually. 

The Community Connections Awards will:

• DEMONSTRATE the contribution of university discovery and scholarship to public policy and enhance these social, cultural, and economic dividends by celebrating and rewarding achievements in knowledge translation and dissemination. 

• REWARD and recognize the excellence of individuals in teaching, groundbreaking scholarship, and contributions to community and nation- building as public intellectuals and professionals. 

• INSPIRE students, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and staff alike to engage in activities that develop leadership, foster social and moral responsibility, and contribute to the further development of our society and its institutions. 

• PROMOTE community pride and participation in the university through its physical and intellectual openness and opportunities for ongoing dialogue. 

• ENGAGE with, serve, and draw strength from the diversity of our external communities.