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Staff Recognition

Recognizing Excellence at CNIB Deafblind Community Services

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Kerry G. Wadman Service Excellence Award
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Award Winner
  • Cheri-Leigh Fowlow, Specialist, Intervention—London, ON
Kerry G. Wadman Service Excellence Award

Winner & Prize
1 winner, $ 1000

Award Purpose
Recognition for excellent job performance / exceptional client service / going above and beyond

Award Criteria
This annual award will be presented to CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff who consistently demonstrate the core values of:

  • Respect – acknowledges the client as an individual and appreciates their unique experiences.
  • Empowerment – fosters and facilitates the clients’ ability to self-advocate.
  • Empathy – genuinely relates and connects with clients.
  • Teamwork – works collaboratively with clients, colleagues, agency and community partners.
  • Professionalism – holds in esteem the professional practices and standards and demonstrates integrity in all settings.

This award would be open to all CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff throughout the country. Nominees can be self-nominated, or submitted by colleagues and coworkers, clients and/or their families, or external community agencies. A selection committee would review the nominations and select the recipient.

Stellar Collaboration Award
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Award Winners
  • Kelli-Ann Joyce, Project Lead—Ottawa, ON
  • Margaret Gosciminski, Project Lead—Hamilton, ON
Stellar Collaboration Award

Winner & Prize
2 winners, $500 each

Award Purpose
Recognize for great contributions to a team, collaboration or support of a team.

Award Criteria
This annual award will be presented to CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff (two winners) who:

  • Hold themselves accountable, align with DBCS’s organizational vision and core values.
  • Take on extra responsibilities or projects to ensure a highly performing functional team.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and positive, values a diversity of opinions, actively seeks out and includes others in making key decisions and solving problems creatively.
  • Optimistic and forward-thinking, innovative, entrepreneurial, and enterprising. They think about how their roles might look in the future, how their jobs might change, and what their consumers will need down the road.
  • Take initiatives to develop their skills to support the team’s goals.

This award would be open to all CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff throughout the country. Nominees can be self-nominated or submitted by colleagues and coworkers. A selection committee would review the nominations and select the recipients.

Community Engagement Award
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Award Winners
  • Carolina Cohoon, Specialist, Deafblind Literacy—London, ON
  • Vanessa May, Specialist, Deafblind Literacy—Toronto, ON
Community Engagement Award

Winner & Prize
2 winners, $500 each

Award Purpose
Recognize for innovative ideas, advocacy, community engagement and collaboration, contributions to the Deafblind community.

Award Criteria
This annual award will be presented to CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff (two winners) who demonstrate at least 3 of them:

  • Actively take initiatives and are involved in projects/ programs across DBCS/ CNIB.
  • Forward-thinking with innovative ideas to increase community engagement.
  • Generate discussions with a wide range of stakeholders, develop partnerships with local communities, increase the recognition of DBCS/CNIB.
  • Participate in or support local events, develop collaboration with community partners in events that benefit the Deafblind community.
  • Are involved in or support events, training and seminars to promote DBCS and the Deafblind community.
  • Leverage community for knowledge, encourage various views around resolutions to community challenges.
  • Maintain professionalism to deliver high-quality services, advocate for the Deafblind community, overcome barriers, engage the public as an ambassador of DBCS. Resilient, dedicated, passionate, make changes for the Deafblind community.

This award would be open to all CNIB Deafblind Community Services staff throughout the country. Nominees can be self-nominated or submitted by colleagues and coworkers. A selection committee would review the nominations and select the recipients.