ASPA Service Awards

Since 2016 ASPA has been recognizing members for their years of service within the ASPA Union.  ASPA recognizes those members who have reached a milestone year of as of December 31 each year. 

This year ASPA will be recognizing 151 members who have been on campus for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years as of December 31, 2022. We would like to thank you for all of your work! 

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ASPA U of S Policy Grievance – Arbitration Award

APSA has recently received the award for the Matter of an Arbitration Pursuant to a Collective Bargaining Agreement respecting a Policy Grievance on the Transferring of Bargaining Unit Work. ASPA respects the decision of Arbitrator, Denysiuk, and is pleased to announce the outcome has been awarded along with damages. Please see the below document.

ASPA will be reviewing the decision alongside the University of Saskatchewan to work out the details. All members that are directly impacted by the award, should contact the ASPA office at for direction of the next step. The President, Vice-Presidents, and Executive Members would like to thank all those who contributed to this successful decision. We are grateful to have such a dedicated membership working collectively to make the workplace better for all.

ASPA 2021 Summer Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all the ASPA Members that participated in this years ASPA 2021 Summer Photo Contest. On behalf of the ASPA Social Committee, congratulations to our winners!

First Place:

Jana Al-Sagheer

“Long summer evenings exploring the beauty of Saskatchewan. I happened upon these two deer during one of Saskatchewan’s stunning sunsets. Could you ask for a more beautiful landscape?”

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2021 University Staff Excellence Award Recipients

The University Staff Excellence Award recognizes staff members who have achieved excellence while demonstrating dedication and commitment to the university’s Mission, Vision and Values in support of the University Plan 2025. In 2021, the program gave special recognition to those individuals who made exceptional contributions through the unexpected challenges of the pandemic, enabling the university to succeed through these extraordinary times. This year they received 41 nominations for this award.

Congratulations to the five award recipients who are all ASPA members as well:

  • Yvette Arcand, Acting Director, the Indian Teacher Education Program, College of Education
  • Wendy James, Manager, Professional and Curriculum Development, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Majak Mapiour, Chemical and Biological Engineering Laboratory Coordinator, College of Engineering
  • Kurtis Swekla, Acting University Veterinarian and Director of Animal Ethics, Office of the Vice President Research
  • Carrie Verishagen, Director, Eat Well Saskatchewan, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition

College of Arts and Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Awards

Congratulation to ASPA member Shannon Boklaschuk, Communications Office, College of Arts and Science Communications Office, for being a recipient of the College of Arts & Science’s Dean’s Distinguished Staff Award. This annual award recognizes and formally acknowledges two outstanding members of the College of Arts & Science staff and the extraordinary contribution they make to the working environment.

Canadian Association of Research Administrators (CARA) Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Hughes, Research Facilitator, College of Law, for receiving the 2021 Research Project Management Award for her support/facilitation of large non-research grants, such as the $1.6M grant for the ‘Sexual Harassment in the workplace’ project (a joint initiative by the College of Law, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, and Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce), and the $140,000-grant for the Nunavut Law Program (an initiative of College of Law in Nunavut).

Congratulations also to Karen E. Mosier, Research Coordinator/Navigator, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine for being recognized with the 2021 Research Management Excellence Award.  This award recognizes an exceptional research manager who has made outstanding contributions to the profession nationally and internationally through innovation, creativity, hard work and dedication. 

USask Health and Safety Award Winner

ASPA member Rob Peace has been awarded the USask Safety Recognition Award for 2021. The award recognizes employees that goes above and beyond to keep USask students, staff and faculty safe.

Peace has been a diligent health and safety leader in the College of Engineering for many years and is currently the employee co-chair of the Local Safety Committee (LSC). Through his involvement on the LSC, Rob has led the development of the Engineering Safety Management System (ESMS), a key framework for helping to keep students, staff and faculty safe. The ESMS is being implemented college-wide to ensure consistently high levels of safety, to drive continual improvement, and an established culture of safety. Congratulations and thank-you to all the Safety Recognition Award nominees for their hard work keeping everyone at USask safe. Those also celebrated for their worthy nominations this year are Nicole Barlow (Library), Susan Cook (WCVM), Renato De Freitas (AgBio), Jennifer Lang (Music), Cody Millar (GIWS), Marc St. Arnaud (AgBio), Tracey Thue (VIDO-Intervac), and Cindy Toy (WCVM).