Michelle Sound has been named one of the inaugural recipients of the Emily Carr University Staff Excellence Awards.
The peer-nominated award was launched by ECU Human Resources in 2020 to recognize staff members who exhibit and promote the values of the university, and have demonstrated excellence in supporting their colleagues and the community.
Michelle, Program Assistant at the Aboriginal Gathering Place awarded the Staff Excellence Award for Achievement. She was commended for her contributions in Indigeneity and decolonization, community well-being, health and safety, collaboration and creativity.
Michelle was further recognized and appreciated for her work with students, colleagues, and the community in speaking out about Indigenous topics and educating those around her beyond her role requirements. In creating a welcoming and warm environment at the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Michelle’s personality, advocacy, and connections “humanizes the institution,” as one faculty member put it.
April Joy Milne, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, Design and Dynamic Media, nominated Michelle. April says Michelle’s work is central to helping make the AGP “a haven for Indigenous students to feel safe, rest, learn, and work.”
“She is warm and welcoming with students, faculty, and staff members, working cheerfully with other departments and raising the visibility of the AGP throughout the school,” April continues.
“Michelle is also always actively looking to connect Indigenous students and alumni to work opportunities.”
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