Law Library Assistant Michele Francis receives Louella Sturdy Leadership Award

Michele Francis
Michele Francis

Michele Francis of the Osgoode Hall Law School Library was presented with the 2015 Louella Sturdy Leadership Award at the school’s annual holiday luncheon for faculty and staff on Dec. 4.

The award is given annually to an Osgoode staff member who has made an outstanding contribution through his or her leadership and teamwork with members of the Osgoode community.

In addition, Professors Joan Gilmour and Liora Salter were recognized for 25 years of service at Osgoode, and a total of 106 faculty and staff who have reached the milestones of five, 10, 15 and 20 years of continuous service to York University received service recognition pins.

Francis, who is the library assistant, Orders & Accounts, joined the Law Library team in the fall of 2012.

“Along with Michele’s considerable administrative and organizational skills, she brought with her a positive ‘can-do’ attitude, always ready to step up and help out in any situation,” said her nominators.

Nominators also said the acquisitions department has “never run more smoothly” and “through her own attitude and approach to work, Michele fosters a collaborative and cooperative team sensibility, which has positively influenced staff within the Technical Services group and the library as a whole.”

The Louella Sturdy Leadership Award is named in honour of Louella Sturdy who joined Osgoode as general secretary to the full-time faculty in 1948. She was appointed registrar of the law school in 1957 and continued in that role until her retirement in 1991. During her 43 years of service, she faithfully and selflessly dedicated herself to Osgoode Hall Law School.