OADE - Awards 


Trailblazer Award


The 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 - Bizze Hands

Antonio Girgenti - The Artistic Guardian

Amanda Golench - Puddle Queen 


Student Award


"LET’S 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.


Teachers can request this free certificate by contacting the OADE webmaster (webmaster@oade.ca) 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.



Professional Awards


LUCY 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 basis.





***2012 Lucy McCormick Award Recipient*** 

  Herb Goodhoofd



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***

Stacey Ruigrok 



Life Membership

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 organizer.


***2012 Life Membership Recipient*** 

   Nancy Tilt