2017 Appreciation Award Winners

Summit DD is excited to announce this year’s Appreciation Award winners. We want to take the opportunity to recognize the achievements of these advocates, volunteers, community leaders, supporters and other community partners who are actively helping to build communities that are welcoming for people of every ability.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners:

Dottie Schrum Culture Award
Peggy Peters, Intervention Specialist at Stow-Munroe Falls Schools

The Dottie Schrum Culture Award is awarded to an outstanding employee within the developmental disabilities field whose dedication has gone above and beyond to make a difference for those they serve.

Innovative Partner Award
Lock 3 (City of Akron)

The Innovate Partner Award honors a business or non-profit that is making an impact in the community for people with developmental disabilities through their mission or business. Lock 3’s dedication to creating an inclusive public environment embodies our vision of a community built by the abilities of ALL citizens.

Russ Pry Public Leader of the Year Award
Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio, Summit County Juvenile Court

The Public Leader of the Year Award is awarded to an elected leader in our community who, through their leadership, helps ensure that communities are more inclusive and that citizens of all abilities have a voice in the community.

Community Impact Award
University of Akron Biomedical Engineering Design Team, Prosthetic Project 

The Community Impact Award honors a person (or group) whose volunteerism is impacting the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Their innovative and inclusive volunteer efforts help empower people with disabilities to connect to their community in more meaningful ways.

Carlene Weaver Achievement Award
Don Rettberg, Jr.

The Carlene Weaver Achievement Award honors an individual with a developmental disability whose actions or self-advocacy has helped to change perceptions or bring about positive awareness for those with developmental disabilities in their community.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners and nominees! Thank you for helping to empower people of ALL Abilities!

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