DbI Awards

DbI has four categories of awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award
Distinguished Service Award
Certificate of Appreciation
Youth Professional Leadership




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There is not a specific Awards Committee but a member (or members) of the Management Committee shall be identified and will work with the Secretariat on overseeing the awards process. The awards are as follows:


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
At each World Conference, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be made to an Individual/Individuals who has/have made a distinguished contribution to services for people who are deafblind on a national and international level. This award is recommended to be given towards the end of one’s working life and will be given only occasionally and when deemed necessary. A statuette and certificate will be presented. The decisions will be made by the Management Committee.

DbI Lifetime Achievement Award Eligibility Requirements
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be made to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to services for people who are deafblind on a national and international level.

This award is recommended to be given towards the end of one’s working life.

Distinguished contributions could be in the area of: publications, research, development of new techniques or procedures, practical application of teaching techniques, training staff and parents, advocacy; and dynamic leadership.

DbI Lifetime Achievement award winners:

Year
Recipient
2003
Peggy Freeman
2007
Norman Brown
2008
Mike Collins
2009
Inger Rodbroe
2011 Mari Saetre
2013 David Brown
2014 Joseph Morrisey
2015 Cristiana Salomie



DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
This award will be given more frequently than the Lifetime Achievement Award. It will be presented to people who have significantly contributed to the deafblind field, or DbI, Internationally. These awards will be presented at any Regional or World Conference.

DbI Distinguished Service Award Nominee Eligibility Requirements
This award recognizes a DbI member who has significantly contributed to the deafblind field or DbI, internationally.

Examples of work in the deafblind field or within DbI.

Examples of contributions when thinking about a possible nominee for the Distinguished Services Award:

1) overall professional experiences;
2) innovative practices;
3) unique or extraordinary contributions to DbI;
4) professional publications, research and/or staff training activities;
5) leadership on the international level which has promoted or improved services to deafblind individuals and their families.

DbI Distinguished Service Award winners:

Year
Recipient
1987
Joan Shields
1991
Dr. Edward Waterhouse
1995
Dr. Jan van Dijk
1995
John McInnes
1995
Jacquie McInnes
1995
Rodney Clark
1997
Sonja Jarl
1999
Norman Brown
1999
Dr. Anthony Best
1999
William Green
1999
Mike Collins
1999
Jacques Souriau
2000
Beroz Vacha
2000
Sadako Imamura
2001
Dietrich Bunck
2001
Marjaana Suosalmi
2003
Mary Guest
2003
Inger Rodbroe
2003 Stan Munroe
2005 Janka Sarisska
2005 Isabel Amaral
2005 Anna Nafstad
2007 Penny May Kamau
2007 Barbara Miles
2007 Graciela Ferioli
2009 Rossano Bartoli
2009 Ton Visser
2009 Eileen Boothroyd
2009
Hanne Pittroff
2011 Bernadette Kappen
2011 Lex Grandia
2011 Shirley Rodriguez Maia
2013 Marlene Daelman
2013 Dominique Spriet
2015 Ricard Lopez



CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION
This award will be presented to anyone who has served DbI, or the international field of deafblindness, well in any capacity. It can be issued at any time on the recommendation of a DbI Council member to the Management Committee.

DbI Certificate of Appreciation recipients:

Year
Recipient
 
George Drakos
 
Maria Tsani
 
Neoklis Sarris
 
Judith Varsavsky
2009
Malcolm Matthews
2010
Alessandra Broccolo

 

YOUTH PROFESSONAL LEADERSHIP
Throughout the world organizations are having a discussion about succession planning; DbI is no exception.  Many of the professionals started working with individuals who are deafblind during the Rubella Epidemic years of the 1960’s.  These professionals are looking forward to retirement over the next few years.  DbI decided that it was important to promote the work of younger professionals and created the DbI Young Professional Leadership Award.  This award was presented for the first time in Bucharest to three outstanding women.

DbI Youth Professional Leadership recipients:

Year
Recipient
2015

Kitty Bloeming
Sonja van de Molengraft
Andrea Wanka