Communications Awards

In recognition of the valuable contribution made by UBC communicators in advancing the university’s reputation and profile, the Vice-President, External Relations launched an annual communications awards program in April, 2017.

We are now launching the 2018 Awards.

Awards will be made in three categories:

Expert judges from UBC and the broader communications and marketing community will be asked to adjudicate across the three categories.

Submission deadline: June 29, 2018


Excellence in Communications: Written Content

Recognizing outstanding individual written work that first appeared online and/or in print on or after April 1, 2017

  • Work may be submitted by the creator or nominated by a colleague
  • Nominations can be made by a fellow communicator or a supervisor of the nominee
  • Work must have been produced for a UBC faculty or unit to communicate with an internal and/or external audience and first published on or after April 1, 2016
  • Writer(s) must be a member of staff in a communications role at any level
  • Work can be of any length and may have been published in print and/or digitally
  • Collaborative pieces may be submitted
2018 Winner:

The thing with feathers
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Faculty of Science

2017 Winner:

Innovation feature stories
Corey Allen Public Affairs/Vancouver School of Economics, Margaret Doyle Communications and Marketing

Excellence in Communications: Project or Initiative

Recognizing inspiring communications that were launched/published on or after April 1, 2016

This includes work ranging from a single piece of video, photography or print content, through to a social media campaign, website development or other effective communications strategies

  • Work may be submitted by the creator or nominated by a colleague
  • Nominations can be made by a fellow communicator or a supervisor of the nominee
  • UBC communicator should be the creator or a project lead/commissioning agent for content
  • Work must have been produced for a UBC faculty or unit to communicate with an internal and/or external audience,  and first published or launched on or after April 1, 2016
  • Collaborative pieces, including those involving external agencies or service providers, may be submitted
2018 Winners:

Kids Takeover UBC (Campus and Community Planning, Museum of Anthropology, UBC Arts and Culture District, Faculty of Arts)
Pathways: Hope and Promise (Faculty of Medicine)

2017 Winner:

Privacy Matters @ UBC
Lida Mosadegh, Information Technology, Carrie Leslie, Information Technology, Winnie Wan, Information Technology, John Chong, Information Technology, Laurence Hunter, Information Technology, Liang Shao, Information Technology, Christopher Aitken, UBC Studios, Chris Spencer, UBC Studios, Zoe Armer, Information Technology, Michael Lonsdale-Eccles, Risk Management Services


Carolynne Ciceri Award for Outstanding Contribution to the UBC Communications Community

Recognizing a communications colleague who goes above and beyond the expectations of their role to advance the work of the broader UBC communications community

This award, in honour of the late Carolynne Ciceri, is by nomination only and is intended to recognize qualities that made Carolynne such a valued colleague. These include an ongoing willingness to: collaborate; provide support and guidance; share expertise; enthusiastically support new initiatives; advocate strongly for the benefit of others; push others to produce work of a higher standard; and simply be a valued and trusted colleague.

  • Nominee must be a UBC staff member in a communications role
  • Communications staff from all faculties and units are eligible
  • Each nomination requires one nominator and two or more endorsers (together the nomination team)
  • At least one of the nomination team should be from a different department/faculty/unit from the nominee
2018 Winner:

Breeonne Baxter, VP Human Resources

2017 Winner

Houston White, Communications and Marketing

About Carolynne

CarolynneCarolynne Ciceri was known to many of us through her role as communications manager in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for more than seven years. She embodied qualities both personally and professionally that led to her being a cherished colleague to those of us fortunate to work with her. Beyond the outstanding quality of her own work, Carolynne was always ready to help her fellow professionals with constructive advice that was unfailingly delivered in a helpful manner, even if it wasn’t what we thought we wanted to hear. Dedicated to the units in which she worked, Carolynne also saw the bigger picture and was a willing and generous collaborator on projects that worked to advance the overall goals of UBC and colleagues across the university. She was incredibly principled, more than happy to advocate for what was right, whether it was the need for clearer language in a specific piece of prose, or advocating for the graduate student community she represented. She was also a lot of fun and a friend to many of us.

As Jenny Phelps, former Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies so accurately noted,“Nothing made Carolynne more proud than helping our students and her fellow colleagues shine.”

Deadline for submissions: Friday, June 29, 2018

We anticipate the awards will be presented during the fall of 2018.


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