Dianne Muir   2009 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Ms. Dianne Muir joined the University of New Brunswick in 1989 as an Executive Assistant and Seminar Coordinator under Director Kevin Lemon at the Construction Technology Centre. During this time she worked hard and travelled extensively throughout the Atlantic Provinces with the Board of Directors as well as independently while hosting numerous seminars. As she put it “The highlight of her time with the Centre was the Construction Symposium in1992 featuring guest speaker, Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf”. From 1995 to 1996 she worked as an Administrative Secretary at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research. Dianne joined the Faculty of Computer Science as a Secretary/Clerk PL4 on August 1, 1996.

Since assuming the role of an admin support staff in 1996, Dianne has shown utmost dedication and discipline to her job. As a receptionist and bookkeeper, Dianne deals directly with many levels of personnel from departments within UNB. She also works very closely with the Administrative Coordinator of the Faculty in preparing budgets for the Dean. Her major duties include: 1) implement, monitor, maintain and document all Faculty of Computer Science financial transactions and operational budgets; 2) process invoices, prepare purchase orders and check requisitions, bank deposits, and travel advances, etc.; 3) process and prepare expense claims; 4) liaise with Office of Research Services, Vice-President’s Office, Human Resources, Research Planning and Budgeting (RPB) team, Integrated Technology Services (ITS), Student Learning Centre, Registrar’s office and other departments on financially related matters; 5) and many more office related duties including, for example, assisting the Dean during the Administrative Coordinator’s absence. But, more importantly her position involves providing the Dean with financial analysis and interpretation and making recommendations. 

Diane carries out all these duties with utmost professionalism and respect for those with whom she works. She is a caring employee who provides service to our faculty at a level that is exemplary of the highest standard. Even in the midst of difficult times, Dianne maintains a smile and a positive outlook, giving help where needed and often doing more without being asked.  Given a job, she always finishes it in the assigned time.

Here are some quotes from those who nominated Dianne for the Distinguished Service Award:

 “Dianne personifies the type of service these awards are all about”.

 “Dianne is consciousness regarding her work ethics, for example, you can count on her to follow through on any task you ask her to do.”

 “She can always answer your question, if she does not know, she knows the right person on campus to ask.”

 “Perhaps, most of all, Dianne’s greatest character trait is her spirit of enthusiasm and cheerfulness. She is always there keeping things humming and positive."

So, to say that Dianne Muir exceeds the expectations of employees in the Faculty of Computer Science would be an understatement. The majority of our faculty believes that her service to the students, staff, faculty members and the university at large has far exceeded the requirements of the job.

Dianne’s attitude is that everyone, pulling together, can make the University a better place to work and a better place for our students to get a true education and succeed.

Ali Ghorbani
Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science