Trailblazer Award is
given to honour individuals or businesses who are making significant contributions to their
community by demonstrating that everyone has gifts and talents.
The successful recipient(s) will have exhibited perseverance, confidence and risk taking to
better the lives of all!
The winners of the OADE
Trailblazer Award for 2015 are:
Christina Calcagno -
Antonio Girgenti -
The Artistic Guardian
Amanda Golench - Puddle
CELEBRATE" certificate -
awarded to deserving students with developmental challenges who:
have produced exceptional effort resulting in
achievement of a goal that leads the student to a better quality of life;
show a zest and enthusiasm for life that
impacts the lives of others;
achieve beyond expectations, given the extent
of his/her disability.
request this free certificate by contacting the OADE webmaster (firstname.lastname@example.org) and providing the student’s name, name of the teacher, and the
name and mailing address of the school. Certificates will be mailed to the school address. Please allow 2 weeks
for processing and delivery.
McCORMICK AWARD – in honour of Lucy McCormick who was a founding member of OADE and a
school teacher and principal in Toronto. The award is presented to a worthy recipient who has made an
outstanding contribution to the advancement of developmental education. Nominees need not be an educator or
member of OADE. The award is presented at the discretion of the OADE Executive and not necessarily on an annual
***2012 Lucy McCormick Award Recipient***
FRED SOPLET HUMANITARIAN
AWARD – in honour of Fred Soplet who was a founding member of OADE and a former school
board director of education who took a strong interest in developmental education. The award recognizes the
efforts of a person who has demonstrated a high degree of commitment and compassion for people with
developmental disabilities. This person may be an educator, a parent, a volunteer, or anyone else with
significant involvement in the field of developmental disabilities. The OADE Executive invites nominees for this
award from the Association membership.
***2012 Fred Soplet Humanitarian Award Recipient***
Life Membership may be awarded by the OADE Executive to a retired or retiring OADE member who has made a
significant contribution to the association, either as an executive board member or as a conference
***2012 Life Membership Recipient***