Celebration of Possibilities
The Fairfield County Board of Developmental Disabilities established A Celebration of Possibilities in 2009 as the finale of our month-long celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March.
A Celebration of Possibilities, held at the end of March each year, is designed to celebrate and recognize those individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the concept of community inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities. We in Fairfield County are blessed with those who believe in Fairfield DD's mission: To bring about a vibrant community where people lead fulfilling lives and make meaningful contributions.
Awards are given in the following categories. Please click on the names of the award winners to learn more about them.
Deanna Kirwin Award for Individual Achievement:
This award is presented to an individual served by Fairfield DD who exemplifies the concepts of self-determination through personal, academic or developmental achievement by exceeding the goals he/she has set. The award is dedicated to the memory of Deanna Kirwin, the first person in the state of Ohio to start her own business with a microenterprise grant.
Goldie Fields Spirit Award:
This award is presented to a person who regularly volunteers at Fairfield DD and goes above and beyond his or her duties to provide exemplary benefits to the individuals we serve, our staff, and our stakeholders. The award is dedicated to the memory of Goldie Fields, who was a long-time volunteer at Forest Rose School. Her unrelenting spirit and positive attitude was felt at the school until her death in 2008.
Hartung Family Pioneer Award:
This award is given to a person or family that has gone above and beyond the norm to help promote awareness or provide services to children or adults with developmental disabilities in Fairfield County. The award is dedicated to the memory of the Hartung family. Beginning in the mid-1950s, Art and Wilma Hartung were instrumental in organizing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in fairfield County. Mr. Hartung died in 1971, Mrs. Hartung died in 2008, and their son Tommy passed away in 2009.
2013 Award Winner: John and Paula Clark
2012 Award Winner: Rockmill Rehabilitation Centre
2011 Award Winner: Pam Simmons-Bontrager
2010 Award Winner: Marvene Blume, June Hoy and Jean Miller-Kennedy
2009 Award Winner: Diane Bresler
Distinguished Service Award:
This award is presented to a staff member from Fairfield DD, a service provider, or a school district within the county who serves individuals with developmental disabilities and embodies our vision and mission, especially when that person's support goes above and beyond the norm to promote the ideals of community acceptance.
This award is presented to a Fairfield County business or service organization that embraces the concepts of inclusion and self-determination, and displays that commitment through innovation.
2013 Award Winner: The Weeders Master Gardeners
2012 Award Winner: SMART Team
2011 Award Winner: Lancaster Kiwanis Club (Tony Fortkamp) and Southeastern Center for Independent Living (Linda McDonald)
2010 Award Winner: Project SEARCH Partners: Fairfield Medical Center, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools and the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission
2009 Award Winner: Ohio University-Lancaster and Allen's Lancaster Greenhouse and Nursery
This award is presented to an individual who represents a business or service organization in Fairfield County who, through his/her work with that business or organization, does the most to carry out the mission of Fairfield DD through his or her commitment to the individuals we support, Fairfield DD staff, other stakeholders and the Fairfield County Community at large.
The McGhee Family Inspiration Award:
This award is given to an individual, business, or organization whose actions make a significant difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and enhance the quality of life in Fairfield County, and who may or may not fit within the descriptors of the other award categories. In 2010, the award was named in honor of the McGhee family, who have always held services to individuals with developmental disabilities close to their hearts, beginning with the late Clark McGhee, an early Fairfield DD Board member, and continuing with his children, Terry McGhee, president and CEO of Westerman Companies, and Sally Grimm, who retired after 31 years as an educational assistant at Forest Rose School.
Fairfield DD Hall of Fame
In 2012, we established the Fairfield DD Hall of Fame and honored five distinguished women, each of whom had won awards at previous Celebrations, as our first class of inductees. The Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the awards committee and the Fairfield DD Board, but there won’t necessarily be a Hall of Fame induction each year.
Each year the Celebration of Possibilities concludes with a presentation or performance by a special guest. Listed below are those who have honored us with their presence. Please click on their names to learn more about them.
Please click the links below to learn about past Celebration of Possibilities events: