2017 Ally Recognition Award Winner
SAIPA is proud to present Nadine Chandler with the 2017 Ally Recognition Award. For 16 years, Nadine was an active board member within the organization, driving our work and cheering us on. This experience only strengthened Nadine’s passion for individuals with disabilities and their support networks.
Nadine fully supports people with disabilities find to their own voice, and loves helping learn how to do that.
“I’ve learned that it is better to assist someone, stand behind someone and be an ally for them when they can speak for themselves,” she says. “It has shown me the power of support in a way that is helpful to find out what they want, what they need and how to ask for it.”
Nadine also has strong ties to Special Olympics, where she sat on the organization’s management committee. Nadine has also been a strong advocate for inclusion in education, acting as a support for individuals on this journey.
For Nadine, the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing others succeed.
“When you hear the success stories in their lives and how success is accomplished for them, that is the greatest reward.”
About this Award
SAIPA inspires people with developmental disabilities to drive change in their communities as engaged and empowered citizens. We know that we cannot do our work alone. This award recognizes the time, dedication and commitment of businesses, individuals, organizations, families and staff who help people with disabilities become engaged in the community through opportunity, skill development and advocacy. Since this award was created in 2008, we have had the privilege of honouring seven allies. Nominations are open during the first three months of the year; winners are chosen by SAIPA’s Board of Directors.
Who can be nominated?
The nominee can be a business, family, organization or support staff. Self-nominations are not accepted. The nominee is someone who supports individuals to speak on their own behalf, and
- Has a deep understanding of the history, philosophy and support of self-advocacy
- Is an approachable resource and support system to people with disabilities
- Motivates and encourages people with disabilities to learn leadership skills
- Listens to people with disabilities and respects differing points of view or choices
- Tries to help explain things to advocates so they are better understood
- Is sensitive to issues and helps problem-solve
- Treats people with disabilities as adults and with respect
- Is involved in the community, promoting inclusion of all citizens