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Champions for Equality and Justice Awards

Champions for Equality and Justice

The Champions for Equality and Justice Awards presented by Disability Rights North Carolina recognize and honor advocates who have made outstanding efforts to increase the awareness of disability rights issues in North Carolina, to remove 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.

2017 Recipients

Matt Potter
For his work improving the lives of people with disabilities as an advocate, a leader, and a builder of community

Advocates for Medically Fragile Kids NC
For their passionate, personal, and highly effective advocacy to protect services for children with significant medical needs

The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy

The Adele Foschia Award for Lifetime Cross-Disability Advocacy recognizes individuals who have dedicated their lives to advocating for people with all types of disabilities.

2017 Recipient - Beth Garriss Hardy

For her decades of work as an advocate for the rights of people with mental illness and for the education of children facing homelessness

 

About Adele Foschia

Adele Foschia helped Disability Rights NC become the results-driven organization it is today, and she never wavered as an enthusiastic supporter of the organization.

For that reason and in recognition of her lifetime of service to people with all types of disabilities, Disability Rights NC created an award in her name to recognize individuals whose work honors her legacy.

 


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.

 

 

Bethany Smith

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

 


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.

 


Champions for Equality and Justice 2014

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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

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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

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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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