The Golden Goals Awards 2010: New Categories?

by Eric Pudalov, Community Events Coordinator


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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?

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About gcsscommunity

My name is Eric Pudalov, and I work as Community Events Coordinator with Georgia Community Support and Solutions, whose mission is to provide creative, life-enriching solutions to people with developmental disabilities and their families. I became interested in this field, however, due to having a disability myself; namely, I had brain surgery in 1996 at age 14, to remove a benign tumor. Following this, I had many difficulties with short-term memory, loss of strength, confusion, and emotional control. Fortunately, at present, I've recovered much of what I'd lost. Despite some setbacks, I graduated high school with honors, and received an academic scholarship to Adelphi Univ., where I earned a BA in Communications. Since then, I've held a number of different jobs and internships, among them a TA position at Sylvan Learning Center, and work as a "Service Leader" with Hands on Atlanta. Since living in GA, I've also been involved with two programs (including GCSS) that serve people with disabilities. My experience has included sharing apartments with adults with autism and other disorders. Though my so-called "limitations" may differ from those of others in the program, these experiences have helped me to realize that people, overall, are capable of much more than we may at first perceive. Search Engine Submission - AddMe
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