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Champions for Equality and Justice Awards

The Champions for Equality and Justice Awards presented by Disability Rights North Carolina seek to recognize and honor the contribution of advocates who have made outstanding efforts to increase the awareness of disability rights issues in North Carolina, to work towards the removal of both physical and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities, to create a more inclusive community, and to speak for and represent those who cannot represent themselves. The award is given at the discretion of Disability Rights North Carolina and may or may not be awarded every year.

The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy is presented to recognize individuals who have dedicated their life to advocating for people with all types of disabilities. This award will be given from time-to-time to deserving individuals, beginning in 2016.

Nominations for the 2017 Champions Awards will open in Fall 2016.

If you need assistance or have questions about the nominations process or awards reception, contact Elaine Whitford at 919-856-2195 or elaine.whitford@disabilityrightsnc.org.


Champions for Equality and Justice 2016

Sandra "Sam" Hedrick

A compassionate and forward-thinking leader in providing supports and services for people with disabilities in North Carolina.

Watch a video describing why Sam won this award.

 

Bethany Smith

A young advocate determined to use her experience to educate and end the stigma of living with a mental illness.

Watch a video describing why Bethany won this award.

 


The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy

Christine Trottier

A dedicated advocate who spent her career fighting for the dignity and rights of children and adults with disabilities.

Watch a video describing why Christine won this award.

 


Champions for Equality and Justice 2014

Download Program for 2014 Awards Reception here

Linda McDonough

A Leader in Advocating for Strong Educational Services for Children with Disabilities and Effective Mental Health Care

Betty Paesler, RN, MSN

A Leader in Advocating for Patient Rights and Effective, Humane Treatment


Champions for Equality and Justice 2013

Download Program for 2013 Awards Reception here

Robert Bullock (In Memory)

A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Community Life for People with Mental Illness

Leanna George

A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Supporting the Advocacy of Parents Whose Children Are Students with Special Needs

Sally and David Sloop

Leaders in Providing Community Support for Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities


Champions for Equality and Justice 2012

Download Program for 2012 Awards Reception here

Jeremy Donohue

A Leader in Self-Advocacy and Community Life for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

Ellen Russell

A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Educational Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Steve Webster

A Leader in Advocacy for Recovery and Quality of Life for People with Mental Illness in Institutions


Champions for Equality and Justice 2011

Julia Bick (In Memory)

A Pioneer in the Development of Affordable and Supportive Housing for People with Disabilities in North Carolina

Michael Maybee

A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Employment for People with Disabilities

Dr. Charles Walker

A Leader in Advocacy for Community Inclusion and Access to Public Programs for People with Blindness

 


Champions for Equality and Justice 2009

 


The North Carolina State Bar Plan for Interest on Lawyers' Trust Account

In Recognition and Appreciation of NC IOLTA and Executive Director Evelyn Pursley's Commitment to Improving Access to Justice for Persons with Disabilities in North Carolina.

Marian Hartman

A Dedicated Supporter of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights North Carolina and Passionate Advocate for All People with Disabilities.

Greg McGrew

A Tireless and Skilled Advocate for an Independent Protection and Advocacy System for North Carolinians with Disabilities.

 


Champions for Equality and Justice 2008


Honorable William (Bill) Creech

CLA Board Member (1999-2008) and lifelong Advocate for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Lockhart Follin-Mace

A Pioneer for People with Disabilities and 1st Executive Director of the Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities

Jo Anne Jeffries

Unwavering Advocate for People with Disabilities

Robert R. Reilly (In Memory)

Tireless Advocate for Justice for People with Disabilities, CLA Board Member (2001-2007) and CLA Board President (2005)

 

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