Two staff members awarded 2022 A&S Outstanding Staff Awards

May 12, 2022 by U of T Department of Statistical Sciences

Congratulations to Sarah Lee and Katrina Mintis for being recognized with A&S Outstanding Staff Awards this year.

Established in 1999, the Outstanding Staff Awards recognize staff-appointed administrative and technical employees who have achieved excellence in support of the Faculty’s mission of teaching and research. These staff members have earned the respect of their colleagues for their professionalism and teamwork, and for making an impact that extends beyond their unit or department.

Meet our department's two winners:

Student Life Award | Sarah Lee, MFI Graduate Administrator, Department of Statistical Sciences

Photo of staff member Sarah LeeBeyond the regular duties of a program coordinator, Lee assists with professional development activities, templates for resumes, program outreach, connections with industry for internships, bringing in professional seminar speakers, counselling students, and coordinating with businesses for information sessions. As well, Lee designed and edited the department’s student profile booklet, which is essential in showcasing students to industry. This booklet is now widely distributed, and other professional programs have asked for Lee’s input into how they could design and create a similar piece.



Administrative Service Award | Katrina Mintis, Executive Assistant to the Chair, Department of Statistical Sciences

Photo of staff member Katrina MintisEarlier this year, Mintis organized two significant and successful online events: ‘Celebrating Student Excellence — Department Awards Virtual Celebration’ and the new ‘Orientation for New Faculty.’ The former provided a much-needed opportunity to celebrate students and to gather as a community. The latter grew out of Mintis’ creation of the department’s new faculty handbook. The event’s goal was to welcome new faculty more warmly, and it was so well received that it’s now an annual event. Mintis is also known as the “go-to” person who points new faculty towards the people and resources they need to build success.