About the Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vermont has more than 20 local Self-Advocacy groups that meet all over the state. Groups meet to learn from one another and to speak up for themselves. GMSA honors the work that these groups do every year by asking each group to nominate Self-Advocates and Allies who STAND OUT and STAND UP! These awards honor one Self-Advocate of the Year and one Ally of the Year for each Self-Advocacy local group.

The Self-Advocate of the Year is someone who is active in their group, helps other Self-Advocates speak up for themselves, brings good ideas to their group, and listens to others’ ideas too.

The Ally of the Year is very active with the local Self-Advocacy group, is ready to help out but sits back and lets Self-Advocates run the meetings, accepts everyone, and treats all as equals.

Honorees

Cool 2013

COPS

Self-Advocate of the Year: Jeffrey Sheehan

Ally of the Year: Mona Distefano

Capital City Advocacy Association

Self-Advocate of the Year: Shea Martin

Ally of the Year: Jason Capobianco


Rockin’ Advocates of Montpelier/ Barre

Self-Advocate of the Year: Sammy Badger

Ally of the Year: Wendy Currier

Next Step Self-Advocates

Self-Advocate of the Year: Nicole Villemaire

Ally of the Year: Julia Harvey


Advocates for Action

Self-Advocate of the Year: Todd Ford

Ally of the Year: Jamie McClelland


Champlain Voices

Self-Advocate of the Year: Beverly Williams

Ally of the Year: Lucy Rogate


LGBTQ Support Groups

Self-Advocate of the Year: David Frye

Ally of the Year: Brenda Pitmon


Bennington Peer Support

Self-Advocate of the Year: Lisa Rudiakov

Ally of the Year: Melanie Bruninia


Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered of Rutland

Self-Advocate of the Year: Tammy Lethridge

Ally of the Year: Donna Montag


Vermont Choices

Self-Advocate of the Year: Brett Sweeney

Ally of the Year: Heather O’Rourke

 

GATSA

Self-Advocate of the Year: Thorin Bingham

Ally of the Year: Kelly Renaud


Friends Helping Friends

Self-Advocate of the Year: Gary Bergeron

Ally of the Year: Mary Blake

 


Speak Up! Addison County

Self-Advocate of the Year: Sam Parizo

Ally of the Year: Rebecca Holbrook

 

SAVY

Self-Advocate of the Year: Patty Grassette

Ally of the Year: Tina Lehulier

 


Our Drop in Center

Self-Advocate of the Year: Michelle Olden

Ally of the Year: Brenda Lanou


Families First Peer Group

Self-Advocate of the Year: Evan Cross

Ally of the Year: Jane Barron


Bennington Self-Advocacy Club

Self-Advocate of the Year: Adam Billings

Ally of the Year: Wendy Whaples




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