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YU Rock - Employee Recognition Program

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 any Facilities Services, Ancillary Services, Human Resources & Labour Relations 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 2021 YU Rock Spotlight goes to Maheswary (Marla) Krishnathas for Teamwork. Maheswary’s nomination and selection as a YU Rock recipient comes from working as part of the Glendon Housing Custodial team who over the last year have been supporting the Keele campus residence operations. Tasked specifically with implementing and executing the Housing Services Residence Clean Care program, the group worked collaboratively with their Keele counterparts to ensure a healthy and clean residence of our students. When needed, the Glendon team helped in other areas as well, including room and apartment turnover and project work. Upon return to Glendon, Maheswary as part of the team are working to restore the Glendon residence facilities following an extensive renovation, in preparation for student arrivals in Fall. Maheswary has worked at York University for over 20 years. Something you might not know about Marla is that she enjoys spending time with her children, especially going out shopping or driving with her younger daughter.

April Recipients

Evelyn Mendoza – Positive AttitudeAngela Graci – Teamwork
Elizabeth Wangui - TeamworkDaisy Bautista – Teamwork
Ana Pacheco - TeamworkMarianna Greco – Teamwork
Daniela Montoya - TeamworkAsay Weldetatyos – Teamwork
Tafran Deolinda - TeamworkSherrie Jin – Service Excellence
Anna Maria Holody - TeamworkEda Sofroni – Service Excellence