Independent Living Awards

In 2009, the Independent Living Resource Centre launched a new awards program that recognizes the commitments made by people in our community in promoting the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Each year awards are presented in the following five categories:

* The Cecilia Carroll Award for Independent Living will be presented to a person with a disability, over 30 years of age, who has demonstrated a long-term and extraordinary personal commitment to full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

* The Independent Living Young Leader Award will be presented to a young person with a disability, under 30 years of age, who has raised awareness and shown outstanding leadership in promoting full inclusion of people with disabilities in Newfoundland and Labrador.

* The Business Award for Independent Living will be presented to a person with or without disability who has displayed an innovative approach and achieved substantial outcomes, in supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in areas such as employment, transportation, housing, communication and technology. No age limit.

* The Government Award for Independent Living will be presented to a person or gov't department who has promoted inclusion, and has succeeded in implementing substantial change by breaking down barriers faced by people with disability. No age limit.

* The Social Inclusion Award for Independent Living will be presented to a person who has worked towards a more inclusive environment by creating opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in areas such as sport, the arts, education and the wider community. No age limit.

Award Winners for 2012

The Cecilia Carroll Award for Independent Living was awarded to Edward Sawdon.

The Independent Living Young Leader Award was awarded to Jeremy Cross.

The Business Award for Independent Living was awarded to Sobey's - Howley Estates.

The Local Government Award for Independent Living was awarded to the Disability Policy Office.

The Social Inclusion Award for Independent Living was awarded to Deborah Pinto.

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How to Nominate a Person

If you are interested in nominating someone for any of the IL Awards, please read the following information for more details.

Important Dates: Nominations are open throughout the year. Deadline for nominations is November 16, 2012. Awards will be presented at the 2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3, 2012). You can submit your nomination by mail (Contact Us) or email info@ilrc-nl.ca.

Conditions of Entry

* To nominate yourself or another person, please complete the nomination and submit to the ILRC
* If nominating another person for an award you must make sure that the person you nominate agrees to be nominated, and agrees that their personal information contained in the nomination can be shared openly.
* Late nominations will not be considered.
* Nominations are open to individuals only. An organization or group of people are not eligible. However, individuals may be nominated on the basis of work done as part of, or for, an organization.
* Members of the judging panel and their immediate family cannot be nominated for an award.
* ILRC employees and their immediate family cannot be nominated for an award.
* To nominate a deceased person for an award, permission must be obtained from the deceased person’s next-of-kin.
* Information submitted may be used in promotion and publicity associated with the Independent Living Awards of Newfoundland and Labrador

Nominations

The nomination is made in the form of your choice to the selection committee. Please identify the following:
- Category under which the nomination is being made
- Name and contact information for the nominee
- Name and contact information for the person nominating

The following are some questions to consider when making your nomination:

* Describe the personal achievements of the nominee either as an individual or part of an organization.
* How has the nominee improved the quality of life for people with disabilities in our province?
* Has the nominee advanced the rights of people with disabilities?
* Has the nominee promoted opportunities for people with disabilities to work and contribute to the best of their ability? And/or changed the way that businesses view people with disability?
* What changes or opportunities have come about as a result of the nominee’s contribution/achievement?
* What has been the impact of the nominee’s contribution?

Submissions

You should keep a copy of your nomination form and any attachments, as these documents cannot be returned to you.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Personal information collected during the award process through nomination applications may be published on the ILRC website or in ILRC promotional materials.

Documents

All document are also available from the ILRC. Alternate formats available upon request. For more information please contact:

Independent Living Resource Centre
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St. John's, NL
A1A 3R6

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