Five staff members awarded for excellence

Five staff members at UBC’s Vancouver campus are receiving the 2010 President’s Service Award for Excellence for outstanding contributions and personal achievement. Each recipient receives a gold medal, and $5,000, in a presentation during Spring Congregation ceremonies.
Maura da Cruz, an organizational and learning consultant in the Dept. of Human Resources, has worked at UBC since 1989. Widely recognized for her generosity of spirit, she has helped launch a wide range of staff and student programs.
Paul Lawson has worked as manager of the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest since 1999.  Held in high regard by the B.C. forest community, he is recognized for his insights and achievements in sustainable forest management.
Director of Classroom Services Justin Marples began working at UBC in 1981. Colleagues credit him for strong leadership of Classroom Services to greatly enhance campus learning spaces. The award also recognizes his contributions with the Association of Administration and Professional Staff (AAPS).
Serving UBC for more than 21 years, Andrew Parr, Managing Director, Student Housing and Hospitality Services is honoured for leading the growth of UBC Food Services and its sustainability initiatives and chairing two United Way campaigns.
Gerald Vanderwoude was first employed at UBC as a box office clerk in the Frederic Wood Theatre in 1996.  Today he works as administrator and business manager of the Dept. of Theatre and Film. He is recognized for his hard work, exceptional concern for others and improvements to the department.