Who’s True Blue? Heather Nelson

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.

Heather Nelson


Heather Nelson


Rotman Commerce


“Heather’s enthusiasm and magnetic personality directly had an impact on the success of the It All Adds Up program. She drew people in to have a discussion about well-being, health and careers; they would have never initiated this themselves.

“She approached people directly after class and guided them to the room where they would have their photo taken, along with a document listing the things that made them who they were. The ripple effect was felt on social media, with many of the photos being posted on Facebook and Instagram. It was also felt in the hallways.

“The students who participated said that before this experience they were anxious about their job search, thinking they didn’t have anything to offer. They were given the gift of confidence and the ability to share their stories in a well-organized and positive way.

“This program is only one small example of Heather’s infectious enthusiasm and her pure dedication to helping our students put their best foot forward. She embodies the True Blue spirit and very deservingly needs to be recognized for her contributions to the team.”


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