Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.59
Liaison Maria Mendes
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Red River College Polytechnic
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Employee Recognition – BRAVO Awards

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Feeling valued and appreciated is one important components of a positive work environment. The annual BRAVO Awards recognize RRC Polytech employees who live the College’s core values – learning, respect, inclusiveness, integrity, sustainability and collaboration – in their roles, teams and professions. These awards are the highest level of recognition for employees.

Any employee can nominate another employee for one of the annual awards. One of the most special parts about the BRAVO nomination process is that it’s completely optional. The time and effort put into the nominations received speaks volumes to the amazing work and commitment of our staff. It’s evident that there are many teams and individuals who are making a tremendously positive impact within their area and RRC Polytech at large.

There are eight award categories, including ones which recognize leadership in Sustainability, Truth and Reconciliation, and Diversity and Inclusion.

SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AWARD
The Sustainability Leadership Award recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contributions and cooperative efforts of employees who advance environmental, social and/or economic sustainability in a meaningful and enduring way at Red River College Polytechnic. This award recognizes an individual or a team that enhances the College’s culture of sustainability by contributing to research and education for sustainability, leading the way in everyday activities, and/or advancing sustainability in governance and operations of the College.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Award provides an opportunity to recognize individual employees, teams, groups or networks demonstrating an exceptional effort and/or sustained commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by:
- Leading, organizing and engaging employees, students, and/or the members of the college community in inclusion initiatives;
- Removing barriers and supporting the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and/or students;
- Developing intersectional programming or related initiatives;
- Strengthening outreach to EDI sector and community partnerships; or,
- Other initiatives that foster an environment of equity, diversity and inclusion.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Truth and Reconciliation Excellence Award provides an opportunity to recognize individual employees, teams, groups or networks demonstrating an exceptional effort, service delivery, and/or sustained commitment to Truth and Reconciliation by:
- Leading, organizing and engaging employees, students, and/or the members of the college in addressing the Calls to Action as outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission;
- Removing barriers and supporting the recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty, staff and/or students;
- Developing intersectional programming or related initiatives;
- Supporting cultural programming or other student or employee-centered inclusion initiatives aimed at fostering engagement and creating an environment where individuals feel a sense of belonging;
- Strengthening learning and student experience by building sector and community partnerships; or,
- Other initiatives that Indigenize and decolonize the College.

LEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS AWARD
The Leadership at All Levels Award provides an opportunity to appreciate what leadership means to us at Red River College Polytechnic and to recognize the different kinds of leaders that contribute to the vision and success of the College. A nominee is not required to have a director, manager, or supervisor position title to be recognized for this award. This award is intended to recognize that leadership can exist within a variety of positions and be demonstrated in a variety of ways.

HIDDEN HERO AWARD
The Hidden Hero Award recognizes individual employees and teams who put Red River College Polytechnic core values into action to quietly contribute to success for the whole organization.

TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD:
The Teaching Excellence Award is designed to recognize instructors who exhibits exemplary instructional qualities and who are always striving to improve the quality of learning for students. Nominees will have made an outstanding contribution to the educational environment of their school or program area over a sustained period.

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Research Excellence Award recognizes individuals and/or teams who have:
- Made an outstanding contribution in support of applied research; and/or
- Contributed to establishing an environment which welcomes research and/or supported others in their research endeavors; and/or
- Made an outstanding contribution to a course, project, program and/or community partner.

SAFETY CHAMPION AWARD
The Safety Champion Award provides an opportunity to recognize and formally acknowledge an employee’s innovation, leadership and professionalism as they contribute to safe work practices. These behaviours, attitudes and actions lead to a safe work environment and contribute to our “culture of safety” – the way in which safety is managed at RRC Polytech, which reflects “the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety”.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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