The Lynn Wheadon Education Award is intended to give special recognition to any hard of hearing or deafened member of CHHA for a specific achievement or accomplishment in the area of education and raising awareness, with the purpose of improving the integration of persons who are hard of hearing or deafened in Canadian society.
- This award is to be presented to a hard of hearing or deafened CHHA member implementing a program or project that educates fellow CHHA members and/or the general public on any topic related to hearing loss.
- The individual may conduct the project on his or her own, or in partnership with CHHA nationally, with a CHHA Branch, Chapter or member, or with a service agency or any other organization. Funding, if needed, must be obtained through the award nominee’s own initiatives and can include federal, provincial or local grants.
- Projects initiated prior to January 1, 2000 will not be considered. However, preparation (such as training of personnel involved in the past) will be allowed.
- Original programs or projects will be highly considered.
- One of the tenets of this award is the sharing of information from the recipient’s project or program with the intention of helping fellow Canadians. Therefore, the winner of this award must allow the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association to distribute the details of the project to any CHHA member, branch or chapter wishing to implement it in their area.
- If a previous winner submits another nomination for a different project or program after the original is completed, their application can be considered for another award. In other words, an individual could potentially win more than one time (only one award per year is granted).
Full details of the project or program should be submitted, such as a copy of the accepted proposal and, if possible, with supporting (and validating) statistics to indicate those who have benefited from the endeavor and/or copies of the evaluator’s reports. The program may be underway or completed at the time of nomination, but the start date must be January 1, 2000 or later. A brief biological sketch of the nominee of no more than 500 words is required.