The award is presented annually to a staff or faculty member in recognition of their extraordinary commitment and service to the college.
“I was not expecting it. I think every employee does their best. I just tried to be helpful for the team,” she said. “I also take this award as motivation, I guess to keep working and make some difference at my level. I’m happy I can help support the research we do in the college – even just a small bit."
Bonavia-Fisher was praised for her reputation as an expert in research administration and support, with one nominator calling her a “go-to resource for research information in the college.” She was also noted for her kindness and outstanding service to the CoM – whether it’s working with researchers, staff or students.
Bonavia-Fisher said she is humbled by the award.
Dr. Ivan Jen (MD’60) and his wife Dr. Suzanne Yip (MD’60) created the award in memory of Ms. Sydney Inksip, a staff member who made an impact on the couple when they were medical undergraduate students. The award is a tribute to Inskip’s kind spirit and exceptional contribution to student lives in the college.
“Suzanne and I felt very strongly that the non-academic administrative staff should also be recognized and honoured for their many remarkable and exceptional contributions to the college and to students,” explained Ivan.
Originally from Peru, Bonavia-Fisher has worked in the college for 10 years. In her role as a research facilitator, she supports the growth and development of research activities in the college. This includes assisting faculty members with the development of funding proposals for research projects, providing grant writing support, and communicating funding opportunities. Bonavia-Fisher takes the award recognition in stride.
“I try to engage and facilitate research in the college and the university because whatever is a success for the college is also a success for the university,” continued Bonavia-Fisher. “I enjoy helping the researchers and the young researchers like the grad students, but the most important thing for me is the supporting relationship that I establish with the researcher and seeing them succeed as individuals in all career stages.”