2019 Award Winners

On Thursday, March 28th The Arc of North Carolina hosted our annual awards dinner in Winston-Salem, NC during our Rooted in Advocacy conference. Please click the "read more" button to view a full listing of our honorees. Congratulations to the 2019 Annual Award winners!
The Awards

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The Volunteers of the Year
- Recognizing a volunteer (individual, couple, or family) who has given generously of his/her time and talents to further the mission of The Arc. Presented to Ann Hensley and Debbie Pressley and nominated by The Arc of Buncombe
The Employer of the Year- Recognizing an employer who has an exceptional record of providing inclusive competitive employment opportunities for people with I/DD. Presented to Asheville Humane Society and nominated by The Arc of North Carolina
The I/DD Professional of the Year - Recognizing a person employed in community I/DD services or supports who has demonstrated the ability to provide outstanding support. Presented to Tim Blekicki of The Arc of North Carolina
The Sibling Award - Recognizing the sibling (adult or child) of a person with I/DD whose actions and efforts at home and in the community have made a positive impact on that sibling and his/her family. Presented to Lauryn Walden and nominated by The Arc of High Point
The Direct Support Professional of the Year – Recognizing extraordinary commitment by a person employed to provide direct support to a person with I/DD. Presented to Brenda High of Union County Residential Services
The Chapter Innovation Award - Honoring unique and innovative programming within a local chapter, to include any outstanding communication efforts (print or video projects) of local chapters of The Arc. Presented to The Enrichment Center 
The Inclusive Community Award - Gives recognition to an organization that builds community connections in order to support people with and without disabilities in an inclusive setting. Presented to the Best Buddies of High Point University Chapter and nominated by The Arc of High Point
The Distinguished Educator Award - Recognizing a teacher who has demonstrated excellence in teaching students who have intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Presented to Karrie Sink and nominated by The Arc of Davidson County
Outstanding Legislator Award– Recognizing and honoring an elected official in North Carolina whose contributions of time and service have had great impact on the quality of life, rights of, and services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Presented to Senator Terry Van Duyn and nominated by The Arc of Buncombe
The Unsung Hero - Recognizing the leadership of a person in a smaller chapter whose advocacy efforts have greatly impacted the local community and people with I/DD. Presented to Jeanette Wilhelm of The Arc of Stanly County/Monarch
The Victor Hall Leadership Award – This award recognizes outstanding leadership in the self-advocacy movement. This prestigious award honors Victor Hall, a true self-advocate and leader in the self-advocacy movement. Presented to Grey Cockerham of The Arc of Greensboro
The Challenger Award — In honor of Holly Hunnicutt, one of our former Senior Directors, The Arc of North Carolina has created the Challenger Award to be awarded to an outstanding employee who exemplifies the unique characteristics Holly shared with our organization in her tenure of 23 years. Presented to Leigh Anne Jackson of The Arc of North Carolina
The Carey Fendley Award for Executive Excellence - This award is given to the Executive Director of a chapter who has provided outstanding leadership. This award comes with a professional development scholarship. Presented to Linda Yurko of The Arc of Greensboro
The President’s Award – This award is given to an agency, organization, or person chosen by the President of The Arc of North Carolina’s Board of Directors. Presented to Rusty Bradstock, Past President of the Board

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