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Award Information

Saro Strange – Make A Difference Award

This award is in memory of a man, who was a leader and mentor to staff.  As a strong advocate for people we support, Saro has left an everlasting impression at Community Living Welland Pelham. 


Nominations are open to all employees of Community Living Welland Pelham.  This award will be presented to the employee, that exemplifies positive leadership, is an innovative thinker and a strong advocate for people we support.

Please send completed nomination forms to Todd Clayton 

Past Award Recipients

Theresa Wedekind – Theresa has demonstrated strong leadership in her role as Senior Support Worker. Theresa leads by example and lives the values of the association in her support of people, families and staff.

Sacha MacGregor – As an out of the box thinker he uses all means possible to support people to achieve their outcomes. He is encouraging, respectful, positive and builds strong teams with the people he supports families & fellow staff.

Todd Clayton – For his many years of strong leadership in staff engagement and dedicated support to people and families.

Nomination Form

  • Nominee

  • Nominator

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Nomination Justification

  • Describe how the nominee demonstrates excellence in the area of Leadership, give specific examples: e.g. positive approach, information sharing, taking the initiative, motivating others, etc.
  • Describe how the nominee demonstrates excellence in the area of Innovation, give specific examples: e.g. develop new ideas, use of resource, creative ideas all which benefit everyone, etc
  • Describe how the nominee demonstrates excellence in the area of Relationship Building, give specific examples: e.g. has made several, strong and meaningful contacts in the community, has involved people supported in community supports and relationship building, etc
  • Any other information you would like to share about the nominee. e.g. what did the nominee do that went above and beyond the call of duty, commitment, flexibility, etc

Recipients (hidden)

2007 – HIDDEN
Dr. Barbara Vyrostko

The first recipient of this award is Community Living Welland Pelham’s Executive Director, Dr. Barbara Vyrostko who is a champion and a leader in ensuring that the rights and values of people are respected. She is an example of someone who believes in and lives the vision statement – “An Inclusive Caring Community Where All People Belong and Have Equal Opportunity to Participate Effectively”.

Dr. Barbara Vyrostko
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