Directors Award Of Excellence: For an OADD member who has made, or is making, a very substantial and extensive contribution to the direction, leadership and promotion of OADD.
Adrienne Perry has made an impressive contribution to the field of developmental disabilities over the past 20 years. One of those ways is her active and substantial promotion of OADD. She has been an Associate Editor of, and contributor to, OADD’s journal for 8 years, and has been a long-standing members of the Research Special Interest Group. She and her students have made numerous presentations at OADD’s annual conferences over the years.
Hull-Roeher Award Of Merit: For a significant contribution in the field of developmental disabilities in Ontario.
Jeanette Holden is one of the most prolific researchers in developmental disabilities in Ontario, and a renowned geneticist. As Professor of Psychiatry at Queen’s University, she teaches students of various levels about disabilities, and conducts many workshops with parent and professional groups. Jeanette is active in a number of disability-related organizations.
Staff Achievement Award: For heightening awareness of the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities, through personal efforts and example.
Astra Milberg has volunteered a considerable amount over the past several years, including at the Earl Haig Daycare Centre, the Ontario Camp for the Deaf, and others. In 1996, she received the Government of Ontario Community Action Award, and narrated the video for the Ontario Association for Community Living. Currently, she is vice-chair, of OACL’s Self-Advocates Council. She has been a star speaker for the United Way of Greater Toronto since 1995.
Media Award: For heightening public awareness of the potential and achievements of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Moving On – CBC TV
Moving On is a CBC television program that began broadcasting in February 1998. It features accounts of people with disabilities and highlights disability issues. Its emphasis is on positive aspects of living and ways to achieve personal and group goals. Moving On was nominated for, and won, a Gemini Award in its first year of production, and has since won several other awards.
Kay Sansom Scholarships
Graduate student: Elizabeth Nowicki
Elizabeth is a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. She is an elementary school teacher, has completed an M.Ed. in Special Education, has begun to publish scholarly work, has won a variety of awards, and is a top student. One of her referees wrote: “She is undoubtably the best student with whom I have worked.”
Undergraduate student: Sandy Palombo
Sandy Palombo is a fourth year Psychology student at York University student who has 6 years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She runs her own agency (CHILD Services) that provides specialized assistance for children and their families. She is currently investigating the effectiveness of her treatment method, the Multidimensional Developmental Intervention Model, for her thesis.
College student: Lianne MacLean
Lianne MacLean is a student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. She has worked in several settings for people with developmental disabilities, but returned to school for formal training. Lianne is described as knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated. She promises to make a valuable contribution to the field of developmental disabilities in Ontario.