Status: The nomination period for the 2023 Arbor Awards is now closed.
Recognizing Exceptional Volunteers
Our volunteers personify the very best attributes of the University’s motto, Velut Arbor Aevo – “May it grow as a tree through the ages.” Their work represents both our roots and our branches, which have served to anchor our traditions and spread the mission of this University – to meet global challenges and prepare global citizens.
We are proud to honour and celebrate the contributions of the University's exceptional and longstanding volunteers with the prestigious Arbor Award.
This award is the highest honour granted by the University to volunteers, and is given for sustained contributions to specific academic units, such as faculties, colleges or institutes, or for broader contributions to the University at large.
Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer
The Arbor Awards recognize U of T volunteers who, through their exemplary generosity, make sustained and valuable contributions to the experience of U of T students, faculty members, staff and alumni.
This award is the highest honour given to U of T volunteers; therefore, the expectation is that the nominating division has honoured their nominee appropriately at the divisional level before submitting them for an Arbor Award.
Note that nominations must come from a divisional alumni office and cannot be submitted directly by alumni or friends of the University. Please contact the appropriate nomination coordinator if you wish to suggest someone for an Arbor Award.
We recommend you do not inform alumni they are being nominated for an Arbor Award.
- Nominees must have provided (or currently be providing) outstanding volunteer service to either:
1) one Division in order to be eligible in the Divisional Category
2) more broadly across the University, focused on more than one faculty/college/department in order to be eligible in the Central Category
- Nominees must be alumni or friends of the University with a minimum of 3 years of continuous service as a U of T volunteer as of the date of the nomination. This service must be within one year immediately leading up to the nomination deadline.
- Volunteer service as a student is ineligible; eligibility commences once the student has graduated and become an alumnus/a of the University.
- Nominees cannot have previously received an Arbor Award.
- Nominees cannot be sitting politicians, elected or appointed officials or currently serving on Governing Council.
- Nominees must be living alumnus/a or friend of the University of Toronto.
- Posthumous nominations are ineligible.
The nomination period has closed.
The nomination form must be submitted by a division and cannot be submitted by alumni.
Several fields in the nomination form are mandatory; please ensure you have all the required information or you will be unable to submit your form.
Each nomination must be submitted separately. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To suggest someone for an Arbor Award, please contact the corresponding coordinator below.
Architecture, Landscape, and Design, John H. Daniels Faculty of
Arts and Science, Faculty of
Information, Faculty of
Kinesiology and Physical Education, Faculty of
Law, Faculty of
Management, Rotman School of
Medicine, Temerty Faculty of
Nursing, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of
Pharmacy, Leslie Dan Faculty of
Public Health, Dalla Lana School of