by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator
NOTE: I would like to ask some questions regarding our upcoming Golden Goals Awards ceremony, which has been postponed until the winter.
These questions are primarily addressed to our employees, but also to other disability support organizations, or to people who might be attending the awards themselves.
Last year, we had five categories at the awards (quoted from last year’s nomination form):
- Best Actor/Actress: Individual has the most improved behavior all around (language, behavior, social skills) over the past year
- Best Supporting Actor/Actress: Individual showed major improvements in one particular area over the past year
- New Star of the Year Male/Female: Individual that is up and coming in the developmental disability community that has been receiving support for less than one year and has show an amazing ability to overcome life’s challenges. This individual may have recently moved into a day program, an employability program or a residential program for the first time this year.
- Mr. and Ms. Congeniality: Individual is overall pleasing in nature or character, great spirit and compatible with others, volunteers in the community
- Best Art and Design Male/Female: Individual who has exhibited exceptional skills in the areas of the arts (dance, design, drawing, etc.)
I had thought, perhaps, that we could add a few more categories to the show, just to include more people, and extend the ceremony a bit.
While I realize that the Best Actor/Actress categories could apply to many different areas, I was thinking that we might have a specific category related to employment, such as Best Professional Skills, or something along those lines, awarded to someone who had shown lots of improvement in the job area.
The Community Relations Department had also discussed announcing all the nominees for each award, and not just the winners – after all, don’t most awards shows announce the nominees?
This seems especially important for this type of ceremony, in which everyone deserves to be recognized in some way, not just the winners.
Any other suggestions you might add?