2017 Stone Belt Annual Awards Nominations Open

Preparing, empowering and supporting individuals with disabilities.

Our annual Awards Celebration is scheduled for Monday, September 25, and we're hoping you'll consider nominating a Stone Belt client, staff, volunteer or community partner for one of the awards listed below.

Annual Celebration is the largest and most exciting event of the year. It is a wonderful opportunity for our entire Stone Belt community to gather together, to look back over the past fiscal year and to honor a few that have made it so successful. At this event, we will present a series of awards, recognizing the tremendous gifts and accomplishments of members of our Stone Belt community. We encourage you to read the award details below and nominate the person that comes to mind as you read the award descriptions.  

There are seven general categories for both client and staff awards that integrate our Principles of Service. Additionally, there are six special award categories. If you wish to nominate an individual for more than one award, please complete a separate form for each nomination. 

Follow this link to nominate that most deserving person!

AWARDS BASED ON PRINCIPLES OF SERVICE

The Self-Determination Award

Client: an individual who has demonstrated self-determination, leading to an increase in choice and responsibility.

Staff: an individual who has supported a client to achieve self-determination, leading to the client having increased choice and responsibility.

The Empowered Learning Award

Client: an individual who, through gaining new knowledge or skills, has increased the quality of his/her life and has expanded his/her opportunities.

Staff: an individual who has supported a client in gaining new knowledge or skills, or an individual who has taken the initiative to gain new knowledge or skills, or an individual who has supported a staff member to gain new knowledge or skill.

The Outstanding Contributions Award

Client: an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the community with his/her own gifts, skills and talents.

Staff: an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the agency with his/her own gifts, skills and talents.

The Self-Directed Home Life Award

Client: an individual who has demonstrated that he/she has taken an active role in designing his/her home life.

Staff: an individual or support team who has/have insured that client home supports are both flexible and individually tailored, and also meet the wants and needs of the residents.

The Positive Supports Award

Client: an individual who has provided his/her peers with positive supports, in order to help them overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Staff: an individual who has used positive supports to help clients overcome challenges or achieve goals, or an individual who has provided an employee with outstanding support, or an individual who provides outstanding support to the overall effectiveness of the agency.

The Employment Award

Client: an individual who has experienced success in community and/or Stone Belt manufacturing employment.

Staff: an individual who fosters greater employment opportunities for clients, or who supports clients in their current employment experiences, or who supports Stone Belt employees in demonstrating best practices.

The Quality of Life Award

Client: an individual who has built personal relationships outside of the agency that have positively impacted his/her life.

Staff: an individual who ensures that relationships are built among and between clients and their communities.


ADDITIONAL AWARD CATEGORIES

Community Partner

This award is presented to an individual or organization for their partnerships with Stone Belt and/or its constituents in supporting people with disabilities in their efforts to be independent, active members of our community. One or more awards are given annually and may be given to:

·         businesses, employers  and non-profit organizations, including individual members of their staffs
·         professional service providers such as health care providers and educators
·         legislators, public officials and governmental agencies
·         service clubs and philanthropic groups or individuals

Outstanding Volunteer

This award is presented to the volunteer who has made the most outstanding contribution in the lives of clients or to the agency as a whole during the previous year.

Visionary Leadership Award

This award is presented to a Stone Belt employee in a supervisory or management position who embodies the spirit of Stone Belt’s mission, empowers those around him/her, has made exceptional contributions toward Stone Belt’s Leadership agenda, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help clients, staff, or the community.

Elbert Johns Self-Advocacy Award

This award is presented to a client who has demonstrated commitment to advocating for him/herself to receive supports needed for success in life. This award was named to honor the memory of Elbert Johns, the second executive director of Stone Belt, who believed in the essential value of preparing individuals to advocate for their needs and wants.

Steve Warren Hero Award

This award is presented to a Stone Belt employee or client who took truly heroic actions that saved somebody’s life.