Who’s True Blue? Cherilyn Nobleza

The True Blue Award emerged from the most recent Speaking Up: Faculty & Staff Experience Survey. The results showed that feeling valued and recognized in the communities in which they work rated highly among employees.

The True Blue Award complements the recognition programs already in existence at the University of Toronto (U of T) and provides staff and faculty with an opportunity to recognize their colleagues in a more informal way. Award recipients are nominated by their colleagues for embodying U of T’s true-blue spirit.

Read on to find out why.


Cherilyn Nobleza


Division of HR & Equity


Cherilyn Nobleza“Her wealth of knowledge is impressive, but what is even more impressive is how humble she is and how she is always willing to assist despite having a significant workload herself.

“She is always helpful, friendly, courteous and often very funny. She is a delight to work with and to have as a colleague. She has helped me and my team out on too many occasions to count.”

“…As one of my HR generalists said, ‘Cherilyn has an incredible amount of institutional knowledge gained by her ability to translate historical data and experiences into useful knowledge and wisdom, ultimately for its effective use within the organization.’

“Lucky for us, she is willing to share her incredible knowledge. Often, the requests she receives from other HR colleagues or academic HR colleagues fall outside of the scope of her real job, but that doesn’t matter to Cherilyn. If she can help, she will.”

“Cherilyn provides answers to questions related to HR and [Labour Relations (LR)] issues [that] no one else can. Her expertise often falls outside of the traditional streams in HR. We go to her if the HR or LR issue is unique, ambiguous, or crosses different employee groups. If she doesn’t have the answer herself, she will point you in the right direction. You never go away empty handed.”


Does this remind you of someone you know? Nominate them for a True Blue Award.