Awards and Grants

There are three unique awards and grants accessible to our members: Hicks Morley Fellowship, Award for Distinguished Service, and Award for Professional Achievement. Please see below for full details, past recipients and application/nomination forms.

Hicks Morley Fellowship

Jenny Forestell, Board Chair – GPOP (L); George Vuicic, Partner – Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, Ottawa office (C); Denise Amyot, President & CEO, CICan (R), 2017

A Hicks Morley Fellowship has been established in the amount of $1,000.00 per year for a five year period, commencing 2018 through to 2022. This award was created to support the attendance of one GPOP member at our annual conference, which is held in conjunction with the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) annual conference. The Hicks Morley Fellowship will enable one of our valued members to attend the GPOP annual conference and give them the opportunity of connecting with peers, as well as providing a unique personal development opportunity.

Many thanks and appreciation to Hicks Morley for their generosity and support. Our thanks also to Cheryl McMurray, for pursuing the idea of a fellowship and making it a reality.

Next application deadline:  Please check back later for application dates for the Hicks Morley Fellowship.

Past Hicks Morley Fellowship Recipients:
2020: Diana Falcon, Langara College
2019: Alice Shuda, Centennial College
2018: Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College

$500 AGM & Conference Grant Recipients: 
2017: Peggy Baldwin, Keyano College
2016: Erin Elliott, Nova Scotia Community College
(The $500 AGM & Conference Grant was replaced with the Hicks Morley Fellowship in 2018)

2019 Recipient Alice Schuda, Centennial College (M) with Cheryl McMurray, Acting Board Chair (L), and Christabell Pinchin, Awards & Recognition Committee Chair (R)

2018 Recipient Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College (L) with Jenny Forestell, Board Chair

Award for Distinguished Service

The Award for Distinguished Service recognizes the significant personal and professional contributions made by a current or past member to the Governance and President’s Office Professionals (GPOP).

Next application deadline: April 1, 2022

Click HERE for the Award for Distinguished Service Nomination Form and Criteria

Distinguished Service Recipients:
2021: Laureen Dailey, Douglas College
2020, 2019, 2018, 2016: no award
2017: Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College
2015: Margo Baptista, Grant MacEwan University

2017 Recipient Shelagh Donnelly, Douglas College (R) with Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (L)

Award for Professional Achievement

The Award for Professional Achievement recognizes current and past members who have made significant contributions to the realm of higher education or who have achieved professional success due, in part, to their experiences as a governance and/or president’s office professional.

Next application deadline: April 1, 2022

Click HERE for the Award for Professional Achievement Nomination Form and Criteria

Professional Achievement Recipients:
2019 – Jenny Forestell, New Brunswick Community College
2018 – no award
2017- Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe College
2016 – Diane Marcellus-Kerr, Lethbridge College
2015 – Joanna Campbell, Okanagan College

2019 Recipient Jenny Forestell, New Brunswick Community College (M) with Cheryl McMurray, Acting Board Chair (L) and Christabell Pinchin, Awards & Recognition Committee Chair (R)

2017 Recipient Cheryl McMurray, Fanshawe College (L) with Jenny Forestell, GPOP Board Chair (R)