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Arbor Awards

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.

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2022 Arbor Awards Recipients

Congratulations to 2022 Arbor Award recipients! This is our highest honour for volunteers, recognizing extraordinary levels of commitment to the University of Toronto.

 See the 2022 Recipients

See Past Honourees


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.

Eligibility Criteria
  • 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.
Nomination Deadline

The nomination period has closed.

Nomination Form

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





Nomination Coordinators

To suggest someone for an Arbor Award, please contact the corresponding coordinator below.


Applied Science and Engineering, Faculty of
Sonia De Buglio
T: 416-946-8143

Architecture, Landscape, and Design, John H. Daniels Faculty of
Jacqueline Raaflaub

Arts and Science, Faculty of
Jennifer Wells

Commerce, Rotman
Sarah Tron

Dentistry, Faculty of
Roshaan Hajira
T: 416-864-8203

Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in
Natalie Neumann Butler
T: 416-978-5047

Information, Faculty of
Claudia Hughes

Kinesiology and Physical Education, Faculty of
Tania Donald

Law, Faculty of
Devorah Lindsay

Management, Rotman School of
Alexandra Brennan

Medicine, Temerty Faculty of
Julie Vickerman

Music, Faculty of
Tyler Greenleaf
T: 416-946-3580

Nursing, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of
Jade Shortte

Pharmacy, Leslie Dan Faculty of
Regan Tigno

Public Health, Dalla Lana School of
Vanessa Smith

Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of
Daniel Downey
T: 416-978-3258


Innis College
Megan McDonald

New College
Brenda Registe
T: 416-978-8273

University College
Maria Ferreira

Woodsworth College
Carolyn Peralta

St. Michael’s College, The University of
Cassandra Lima
T: 416-926-7279

Trinity College, The University of
Andrea Herrmann
T: 416-978-2651

Victoria University
Helena Herscovici
T: 416-585-4503


University of Toronto Mississauga
Kristin Lovell
T: 905-569-5740

University of Toronto Scarborough
Corey Formica

Libraries, Continuing Studies & Hart House

Central Libraries
Michael Cassabon
T: 416-978-7644

Continuing Studies, School of
Benjamin Wood
T: 416-946-5300

Hart House
Peter Wambera
T: 416-946-3993