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YU Rock

Recognizes 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.

Submit your nomination here

Criteria and Submission

YU Rock accepts nominations for any Facilities Services and Ancillary Services employee 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 page, the YU Rock MySites for internal Facilities Services and Ancillary Services 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. Paper copies can be picked up and dropped off under the job posting board outside PRB 1055 or by HR Services and can be dropped off in any internal mailbox or outside of PRB 1055.

If you have any questions about the YU Rock employee recognition program you can send an email to or contact Catherine Moon-Chong at 416-736-5317.


The August 2021 YU Rock Spotlight goes to Trevor Rose for Service Excellence.  Trevor’s nomination and selection as a YU Rock recipient comes from working hard and going above and beyond demonstrating his strong work ethic.  Trevor has worked at York University for over 18 years.

YU Rock Trevor!


The September 2021 YU Rock Spotlight goes to Grant Kingsland for Service Excellence.  Grant’s nomination and selection as a YU Rock recipient comes from working hard to serve the community and in his last few months shared with the unit, almost 4 decades worth of incredible photos showing the changes in Central Utilities. Grant has worked at York University for 38 years. Something you might not know about Grant is that he has a passion for older steam technologies, is an avid  model train collector and has an extensive setup at his residence.  He also uses his spare time to work as a curator/maintainer of the Steam Locomotive located in downtown Toronto.


YU Rock Grant!

Grant Kingsland


The list of YU Rock recipients for August and September 2021 are:

John Leva - Service ExcellenceThanabalasingam Kanapathipillai - Service Excellence
Roger Payne - Service ExcellenceGrant Kingsland - Service Excellence
Shawn Payne - Service ExcellenceMartin Garcia - Service Excellence
Peter Colasante - Service ExcellenceAngelina Petrasanta - Service Excellence
Marisa Politi - Service ExcellenceJim Freeland - Service Excellence
Collene Ferreira - Service ExcellenceReagan Mendoza - Service Excellence
Deqa Adde - Service Excellence

Remember to visit Facilities Services or Ancillary Services websites, or YU link under My Sites, YU Rock Employee Recognition Program to nominate someone today!