Who’s True Blue? Gianna Leggio & Christine Arsenault

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.


Gianna Leggio


Faculty of Arts & Science


'I am true blue' button on corkboard“Gianna fights for her students.

She is friendly, helpful and knows me every time I walk into the department.

“She always asks how school is going and tries her hardest to make sure I’m going in the right direction.

“She truly cares and reminds me I have made the right choice [and] is the embodiment of what a world-class school should be.

“Although she may have my student number memorized, she got to know my name first and that means a lot to me in a school of so many people where it’s easy to get lost and drift.

“She deserves every recognition the school possibly has.”


Christine Arsenault


University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


“Christine exemplifies the best of the U of T.

“For almost 20 years, Christine has given her heart and soul into building an exceptional co-op program at UTSC management and in building the department itself…and is always ready and willing to help anyone in need. There are few people at this university who demonstrate the same level of skill mixed with genuine caring and concern.

“She holds the highest standards for her work and those of her staff and helps to create a strong and open community that is focused on providing our students with the best services we can deliver.

“Christine is not only integral to management but also serves as a mentor and role model to other staff members at UTSC and beyond. She is actively engaged in sharing her knowledge and expertise with others.

“Because of her drive, commitment, and strong ethical standards, Christine has had a positive impact on a large number of staff, students, alumni and faculty. Christine is highly deserving of this and any other awards that recognize excellence.”


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