Who’s True Blue? Sophie Harding

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.


Sophie Harding


Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education


Sophie Harding

“Sophie always makes time to support her students [by] listening to them as they discuss personal issues, conducting practice interviews with ambassadors who are applying to med school, or getting them outside their comfort zone to develop their professional skills.

“She is always conscientious that the recruitment events, ambassadors, and recruitment materials she coordinates reflect the diversity of our students. Her initiatives have resulted in a significant increase in the number of students who accepted their offer of admission.

“From talking to Sophie, you would never get a sense of all her achievements, because she is so humble and quick to pass off successes to the team she has put together.”


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