UBC Sauder staff member wins UBC President’s Staff Award for community engagement

Margot Fraser at the Presidents Award

Margot Fraser, a programs assistant at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School, has won the UBC President’s Staff Award for community engagement. The award recognizes individuals committed to enhancing their communities through personal contribution.

“I’m still processing the news, but I can say I’m humbled and honoured just to have been nominated, let alone selected to win,” said Margot.

Recipients of the President’s Staff Awards are selected by the president with support of an advisory committee. Letters of support for Margot singled her out as a “pillar of office spirit,” a “role model and mentor for us all,” and someone who “goes above and beyond what is expected of staff and volunteers.”

Margot’s colleagues say she regularly promotes and organizes community engagement events at UBC and in the wider community. She not only represents UBC at fundraisers and charitable events, but also volunteers at the Yaletown House care facility for seniors, the Earthwise Society and the food bank, alongside her Masters of Management students. In addition, Margot is a longstanding member of the UBC Sauder United Way committee, “a fabulous group of people who are dedicated to being one of the top fundraising faculties on campus,” she said.

“Margot’s positive and welcoming attitude have touched many students, faculty and staff,” said her coworker and nominator Kelly Schaecher. ”She makes it a joy to come to work and the office wouldn’t be the same without her. She deserves this award a million times over and the entire team at the Robert H. Lee Graduate School is very proud of her.”

The Robert H. Lee Graduate School’s assistant dean, Liz Starbuck-Greer, added “Margot is such an important part of the spirit and culture of our school. Her commitment to community engagement reflects the kind of values we hope to instill in our students. She inspires all of us to really see the world around us, to contribute, to engage, and to have fun!”

The President’s Staff Awards honour exceptional contributions to the vision and goals of the university. Staff with a minimum three years’ continuous service are eligible, and awards are divided into six categories with two recipients each per year: leadership; creativity and innovation; enhancing the UBC experience; global citizenship; emerging leadership; and advancing diversity and inclusion.

UBC Sauder staff were also recognized last year at the 2015 President’s Staff Awards. Pamela Lim, assistant dean and director of Sauder's undergraduate program, won in the leadership category.