Tracey Chiasson   2007 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Tracey Chiasson has worked in the Dean of Arts Office since 2001.  Anyone who meets Tracey for the first time realizes very quickly that she is a “going concern”, with an interest in, and an aptitude for, “getting it right” the first time around.  Her ability to steer and coordinate projects, and to facilitate their completion, especially when several arms of the university -- in both Saint John and Fredericton – are involved, is legendary.  But, student issues, which come to the Deans Office, are always a priority.

Thus, in addition to her regular day-to-day activities as Administrative Coordinator of the Dean of Arts Office at UNBSJ, Tracey has coordinated the administration of the Spring/Summer programme for the UNB Saint John campus for the last four years, which has involved close liaison with all three UNBSJ Faculties, the Financial Services Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Advancement Office, and many other individuals.  She has also coordinated the implementation of an “Art Audit” for the entire Saint John Campus, which involved tracking down and documenting the locations of the various art donations to UNB Saint John during the last three decades; and she has served as the “point person” for all contractors completing several major renovation projects in Hazen Hall during the Summer and Fall of 2006.

 As an alumnus of UNB Saint John, with a BA in Psychology, and previous Administrative Assistant experience in the private sector, Tracey is an effective ambassador for UNB as a whole.  She contributes to the wider university community and to the community of Saint John in a variety of ways.  She been trained in UNB’s Employee Evaluation systems -- the Hay system and the CUPE system – and she has served on university-wide appeals committees, as required.  She has served as a Campaign Volunteer for the “Forging Our Future” Family campaign, and she is a volunteer member of the Greater Saint John “Growth Strategy Audit Committee”.  Finally, Tracey has played an integral role in the successful achievement of, and implementation of, the “Industrial City in Transition Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) grant that is coordinated within the Faculty of Arts.  This involves facilitating the hiring of UNB undergraduate and graduate students, managing financial accounts, maintaining a web site, and communicating with researchers and community partners.

Dealing with the day-to-day activities of a busy office and assisting with the implementation of many UNB Saint John projects with a positive, forward-looking and collegial attitude is a hallmark of Tracey Chiasson.  I strongly believe that Ms. Tracey Chiasson has made several significant contributions to UNB Saint John already, and I expect that she will continue to do so.


Dr. Robert MacKinnon

Dean of Arts

April 25, 2007