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YU Rock - Employee Recognition

YU Rock

Recognizing employees and teams for great work and going above and beyond!

The YU Rock (pronounced "why you rock") is a monthly employee recognition program acknowledges employees and teams for great work and going above and beyond their normal job duties. This program provides all York University community members (e.g. staff, student, visitor) with the ability to acknowledge a job well done by York employees.

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Criteria and Submission

YU Rock accepts nominations for any Facilities Services, Ancillary Services, Human Resources & Labour Relations employees based on nine criteria:

  1. Service Excellence
  2. Positive Attitude
  3. Initiative
  4. Volunteerism
  5. Innovation
  6. Teamwork
  7. Health & Safety
  8. Leadership
  9. Other (for example commitment).

All YU Rock nominations that meet the program criteria will be recognized and receive a YU Rock certificate of recognition. One of the YU Rock recipients will be selected by random draw to have a spotlight on them, which is a short profile on their nomination or a short biography. A communication of the spotlighted employee along with a listing of all the certificate holders will be posted out via the Facilities Services and Ancillary Services web pages, the YU Rock MySites for internal employees and the designated union posting boards. The YU Rock Spotlight also gives us an opportunity to get to know our Facilities and Ancillary colleagues.

YU Rock nomination forms can be found electronically for online completion and submission.

If you have any questions about the YU Rock employee recognition program you can send an email to or contact Catherine Moon-Chong at extension 55317.


The May 2022 YU Rock Spotlight goes to Leo Chan for Positive Attitude.  Leo’s nomination and selection as a YU Rock recipient is a result of going above and beyond to ensure students and staff have a great customer experience daily.  Leo has worked at York University for over 32 years. Something you might not know is that Leo loves to cook and try different dishes from around the world and share them with his family since Leo was a chef as a teenager.  He enjoys listening to music in his free time, spending time with his co-workers and playing chess with his daughter. After 32 years of working at York University, Leo still enjoys his time here. 

July Recipients

Miguel Rivero - Service ExcellenceAndrea Selby – Teamwork
Shannon Cohen - Service ExcellenceGeraldina Romero – Teamwork
Alejandra Montoya – TeamworkTrevor Rose – Service Excellence