Clarence (Butch) Marsh was a great man who worked very hard to promote self-advocacy and community inclusion. He was a dedicated volunteer and set positive examples for others in the community. Clarence was also the first chairperson of the South Region Self-Advocacy Network (SRSAN). He was an excellent leader and role model, believing that “anyone can learn at any age… people just need a chance.”
Clarence passed away suddenly on September 22, 2004. He is immensely missed by family and friends, but his message still lives on!
About the Award
Self-advocates wanted a way to honour their friend and the difference he made. SRSAN established the Clarence Marsh Memorial Award as a way to do that, while recognizing other self-advocates, too. In 2005, the first Clarence Marsh Memorial Award was presented to Lana Rutledge. Since then, SRSAN has awarded 10 self-advocates! Nominations open annually during the first three months of the year. Winners are chosen by SRSAN.
Who can be nominated?
The nominee should be a friend and/or someone you know. No self-nominations are accepted. The nominee does not have to have leadership training, but should have leadership skills. The nominee should be a self-advocate and have all, or most of the following characteristics:
- Stands up for what they believe in
- Good listening and communication skills
- An understanding of new ideas, and is open to ideas from others
- Is a good friend
- Motivates, encourages, and respects others
- Is confident, responsible and makes good choices
- Is involved in the community, promoting self-advocacy and setting an example for others to follow
- Knows how to share responsibility
Nominations for this award typically open in January and are presented in the spring.
2016 Clarence Marsh Memorial Award Winner: Cheryl North Peigan
SRSAN was proud to present the Clarence Marsh Memorial Award to Cheryl North Peigan. Cheryl has good listening and communication skills and is always open to new ideas. She is a good friend who stands up for what she believes in. Self-advocacy is a big part of Cheryl’s life; she motivates and encourages her peers and everyone around her.
“I want to help other people with advocacy too,” says Cheryl of winning the award. “I want them to get motivated, I want them to have self-esteem. I like to encourage people to continue advocating and help them be what they want to be.”
Cheryl sets a strong example for others to follow, treating people with kindness and respect.