The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers is pleased to announce the recipient of the first annual Randy Orr Memorial Award. Established in honour of our long-serving Executive Committee colleague who passed away on September 15, 2021, the award recognizes the volunteer service and exceptional dedication of our members, their families or other colleagues, that has contributed to improving the life for those who serve Canada abroad.
Nominations for the award opened in late July. In the months since, the Awards Committee was pleased to receive several outstanding nominations. After careful and difficult deliberation, the committee has now made their selection.
The 2022 Randy Orr Memorial Award goes to C.J. Scott. Currently serving as a Trade Commissioner posted to the Consulate of Canada in Barcelona, C.J. has taken it upon herself to set up study groups, mentorship networks and information sessions to help her colleagues advance and excel in their careers. Beyond career development, C.J.’s other invaluable contributions include her work as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion for PAFSO, serving as Co-Head of the Black Employees Network at Global Affairs Canada, and her tireless work to ensure that all her FS colleagues can work in a fair and equitable workplace free of discrimination and harassment. For all her selfless dedication to colleagues and the wider FS community, C.J. Scott receives the 2022 Randy Orr Memorial Award. The Award, with its $1000 prize, will be presented at PAFSO’s 57thAnnual General Meeting on October 24, 2022.
From the several nominations it received, the Awards Committee has decided to award two honourable mentions to candidates who also have made significant contributions to their FS colleagues and the wider Canadian diplomatic family.
The first honourable mention, and its $200 prize, is awarded to Tammy Ames. For nearly a decade, Tammy has dedicated much of her time as the volunteer moderator for the FS group’s unofficial Facebook page. Tammy serves on the editorial board of bout de papier, as PAFSO’s volunteer Director of Communications and as a member of the Executive Committee.
The second honourable mention goes to Camilo Uribe. Camilo began his career as a Locally Engaged Staff at the Embassy of Canada in Bogotá, Colombia, where he met his wife, a member of the Canadian Foreign Service. Since then, Camillo has taken upon himself to act as a community coordinator for all newly arrived Canadian staff, organizing social gatherings, building a sense of community and helping to serve as a bridge between Canada-based staff and the local culture.
The committee would like to thank everyone who took the time to nominate a colleague or lend their name in support of a nomination. They could not be more pleased with the enthusiasm and interest this first annual Randy Orr Memorial Award has received and look forward to 2023.