Awards

Statewide nominations will be open from January through March, and our 2021 Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021. We hope to see you there!

Educator of the Year Award

Awarded to an educator using unique and innovative teaching practices that benefit people with I/DD. Nominees must teach students or adults with I/DD, or teach people (i.e., vocational or residential staff or college students) who teach people with I/DD and must be actively engaged in the teaching profession during the year the award is presented.

Employer of the Year Award

Awarded to an individual or business that has employed people with I/DD for a minimum of one year, and has promoted the independence, integration, and/or community participation of the employee(s). Nominees should represent a business, industry or government of any size or type in the state of Oregon.

Good Neighbor of the Year Award

Awarded to an individual or a group (including business, volunteer or community organizations) making a special contribution to the quality of everyday life in the community for people with I/DD. Nominees must not have received any numeration for their services to people with I/DD and cannot be a local chapter or business run through The Arc.

Youth of the Year Award

Awarded to a school-aged individual or group that has made a special contribution to the quality of life of a person or people with I/DD. Nominees must not have received remuneration for their activities benefiting people with I/DD.

Volunteer of the Year Award

Awarded to an individual volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life for people with I/DD, or as a volunteer for The Arc at the state or local level. Nominees must not have received any remuneration for their services to people with I/DD.

Sarolta Nagy Memorial Award

Awarded to an individual with I/DD who has made a special contribution to the quality of life for people with I/DD in the community or statewide. Nominees must be at least 18 years of age at the time of their nomination.

Al Soenneker Memorial Award

Awarded to a professional or provider for making a significant contribution to the lives of people with I/DD through innovative practices in service, program development, or research. Nominee’s employment must actively promote the independence and inclusion of people with I/DD.

Sylvia Mann Capper Memorial Award

Awarded to a parent, volunteer or professional who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of I/DD which has had a significant statewide impact on the lives of people with I/DD. Nominees must be known statewide throughout Oregon.

  • Nominations must be received by March 31, 2021. 
  • All nominations are confidential; the person making the nomination will not be revealed unless the nominee is selected to receive the award.
  • At least one (1) letter of support must be submitted by someone other than the nominator. Multiple letters of support and/or other independent documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments will significantly strengthen the nomination.
  • The selection committee reserves the right to change the category of any nomination in order to better match the nomination criteria.
  • Nominators will be notified if their nominee is selected for the award to coordinate notification to the award winner with The Arc Oregon.
  • This year, award nominators and recipients may be asked to pre-record a message, with the support of our team, to be aired live at the awards ceremony.

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