U of T Celebrates Inaugural Human Resources & Equity Awards of Distinction

U of T’s Division of HR & Equity (HRE) launched its inaugural HRE Awards of Distinction, which celebrates and recognizes exceptional contributions towards achieving the mission and vision of the Division and University at large.

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity, presented the awards to the winning HR team and individual recipients at a luncheon reception on Thursday, January 31. The three award categories recognized HR community members who exemplify the values of the Division in their daily work and in their interactions with internal clients, and who achieved outstanding results overall by positively impacting the division they support.

“Whether as a team, or individually, today’s award recipients exemplify our values and contribute to the outstanding work that is critical to supporting the University,” said Hannah-Moffat. “Their exceptional service and dedication to clients and fellow colleagues embodies the excellence that defines our U of T community — we recognize and thank them for their tireless efforts.”

This year’s award recipients included:

HR staff from the Faculty of Medicine pose with their HRE awards of distinction with VP Kelly Hannah-Moffat and CHRO Erin Jackson

Team of the Year:
Faculty of Medicine HR

Elizabeth Austin, Alina Balosin, Basil Haseeb, Jessica Lee, Narissa Mohammed, Dinuka Perera, and Julie Verduci

For the development of Ignite Your Talent, a project that supports the career growth and professional development within the Faculty under the leadership of Jean Robertson, HR Director (Medicine).

Sheryl Vitug poses with their HRE award of distinction with VP Kelly Hannah-Moffat and CHRO Erin Jackson

Living Our Values

Sheryl Vitug, HRIS Training & Project Specialist, HRIS Support

For her pivotal work improving critical HRIS projects and processes.

Nora Lozano poses with their HRE award of distinction with VP Kelly Hannah-Moffat and CHRO Erin Jackson

Distinguished Contribution

Nora Lozano, Administrative Officer, Office of the Vice-President, HR & Equity

For her steadfast dedication, expert support and high-profile community work elevating U of T on the world’s stage.

Cherilyn Nobleza poses with their HRE award of distinction with VP Kelly Hannah-Moffat and CHRO Erin Jackson

Distinguished Contribution

Cherilyn Nobleza, Director, HR Strategic Initiatives

For her strong work ethic, dependability and exceptional leadership that inspires the people around her.


“It is important to take the opportunity to recognize our community members for their contributions within our organization,” said Erin Jackson, Chief Human Resources Officer. “Our people are our greatest strength and we look forward to celebrating our community’s achievements in the years to come.”

The HRE Awards of Distinction were established in 2018 to provide HR staff with an opportunity to recognize individuals or teams that exemplify the Division’s values and performed outstanding work throughout the year. The program is part of an extensive Recognition and Engagement strategy that advances the University’s mission and enhances the University experience for the entire community.

For more information on U of T’s many Recognition and Engagement initiatives, contact Tom Spence, Employee Recognition & Engagement Advisor, at tom.spence@utoronto.ca.