Nominees sought for humanitarian award |

Nominees sought for humanitarian award

Tribune staff

The Ellie O’Toole Award recognizes an outstanding employer, employee or individual who has made extraordinary efforts in working for the betterment of life for persons or groups of people who are disadvantaged by a physical, developmental or emotional limitation.

Everyone is encouraged to nominate and distribute this criteria to any appropriate individual or organization. The deadline for nominations is May 14, 2001. This annual award will be presented at the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce installation dinner on June 1.

The Ellie O’Toole Award is the highest humanitarian honor presented by the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and shall be given to an individual, organization or business who meets the criteria from one of the following categories:

–An individual with a disability for outstanding achievement and significant contributions to the success of people with disabilities.

–An individual, agency, firm or organization that has made extraordinary local contributions to the success of people with disabilities.

–An employer who has made outstanding achievements in improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

–An outstanding employee from the public or private sector for exemplary leadership through the employing agency. This leadership includes encouraging, inspiring, facilitating or promoting the employment of disabled persons.

–An individual or organization for creating/incorporating a unique or innovative design that is universally accessible by both disabled and non-disabled persons. This may include technology, architecture, graphics, furniture, products or services. This award supports the philosophy that as many people as possible should be able to use a building or product if not in an equal way, at least in an equivalent way.

–A career professional who has made extraordinary contributions to the employment of disabled persons. The nominee can be employed in any formally recognized profession such as architect, dentist, engineer, attorney, physical therapist, physician, optometrist, rehabilitation counselor, educator or elected official.

For a nomination form and more information contact Gail Taylor at (775) 586-4544 or Coco Kelly at (530) 544-6071.

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