Who’s True Blue? Shelly Elsliger, Jeremy Knight & Jesse Carliner

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.


Shelly Elsliger


Rotman Commerce


Shelly Elsliger“Since starting with us in 2015, Shelly has run dozens of workshops and helped hundreds of students and staff to put their best foot forward and to shine both in person and on the very popular social media platform that employers go regularly to hire and engage with our students.”

“Shelly has been a mentor of mine since she started at Rotman Commerce. I have met with her many times for career advice, interview tips, and more.”

“She brings a great amount of expertise from her experience and makes it easily transferable to her students. Shelly has helped me build my personal professional confidence and has guided me in tough career situations for which I would have to make difficult decisions. I am so grateful to have been able to work with and learn from her.”


Jeremy Knight


Faculty of Medicine


“In his short time with the Faculty of Medicine, Jeremy has become well-attuned to the needs of researchers in the Medical Sciences Building and an effective advocate on their behalf.

“As manager of research administration and operations, he has helped to ensure that research continues in a safe environment within the Medical Sciences Building while major renovations are underway. In doing so, he has demonstrated tact, collegiality and genuine concern for the well-being of others. For these reasons, I think he is true-blue.”


Jesse Carliner


University of Toronto Libraries


“Jesse has stepped into the role of the communications librarian a few years ago and has made a significant impact on connecting the library with the rest of the U of T community.

“His attention and care around social media, communications, profiling library staff, and highlighting strengths of team members has really built a sense of community. He is excited about his projects, makes time to consult, provides input to others interested in communications, and is a pleasure to be around.

“A genuinely warm human being.”


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