2017 TARC Advocacy Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2017 TARC Advocacy Awards have been selected. These winners and others who have provided outstanding service to Oklahomans with developmental disabilities will be honored and recognized at the 27th Annual Advocacy Awards and Volunteer Recognition event on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Marriott Southern Hills Hotel in Tulsa.

The event will include keynote speaker Joey Travolta who will share his passion for helping students with  intellectual and developmental disabilities develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through acting and digital film making.

In addition, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to brothers James and Joe Meadours, pioneering self-advocates who more than 20 years ago were instrumental in organizing the first People First program in Oklahoma and have gone on to earn national acclaim for their support of self-advocacy throughout the U.S.

Master of ceremonies for this year’s event will be KOTV’s “6 In The Morning” personality LeAnne Taylor.

For more information, please call 918-582-TARC (8272) or 800-688-TARC (8272).

Please RSVP/purchase tickets no later than Nov. 30.

Please click HERE to RSVP and/or purchase guest/general admission tickets for the 2017 TARC Advocacy Awards & Volunteer Recognition presentation and dinner.

This year’s Advocacy Award winners are:

  • Advocate – Board Member – Terry Trego (Woodward)
    Recognizes a member of the board of directors of any non-profit, community based service provider who has gone beyond the interest of his or her agency to become an advocate for all people with disabilities.
  • Advocate – Case Manager – Sonya Rios (Tulsa)
    Recognizes the OKDHS/DDS case manager who has surpassed job requirements to advocate for his or her clients.
  • Advocate – Direct Care Provider – Kerrie White (Noble)
    Recognizes the direct contact staff person working for a community provider, who has gone beyond job requirements to advocate for people with disabilities.
  • Advocate – Educator – Carolyn Piguet (Vinita)
    Recognizes a public school educator who has promoted the inclusion of children with disabilities in regular school settings.
  • Advocate – Professional Provider – Kim Wotring (Tulsa)
    Recognizes any professional such as a therapist or physician who advocates for people with disabilities beyond their professional responsibilities.
  • Advocate – Volunteer – Helen Taylor (Tulsa)
    Recognizes the volunteer or group of volunteers who, in a program serving people with developmental disabilities, has gone beyond the call of duty to advocate.
  • Self-Advocate – Donald Smalley (Vinita)
    Recognizes the self-advocate who has spoken out for all people with disabilities.
  • Media Advocate – OK Watch (Norman)
    Recognizes the media professional who has effectively promoted better understanding and integration of people with disabilities living in the community.
  • Parent Advocate – Erica Herrera (Oklahoma City)
    Recognizes the parent(s) of a person with developmental disabilities who has been a voice for all people with disabilities.
  • Special Achievement in Advocacy – Individual – Ed Long (Oklahoma City)
    Recognizes the individual, business, or organization not included in other categories, which through a significant advocacy effort has improved the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Special Achievement in Advocacy – Group – True Blue Neighbors – (Tulsa)
    Recognizes the individual, business, or organization not included in other categories, which through a significant advocacy effort has improved the lives of people with disabilities.
  • Catalyst of Change – Judith Leitner (Oklahoma City)
    Recognizes individuals, groups or  organizations that have been catalysts for significant positive change in improving the lives of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities over a long period of time.
  • Catalyst of Change – Jenifer Randle (Oklahoma City)
    Recognizes individuals, groups or  organizations that have been catalysts for significant positive change in improving the lives of Oklahomans with developmental disabilities over a long period of time.