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Distinguished Service Award Of The Year

2019 WADE Distinguished Service Award

Purpose: To recognize an individual who has made significant leadership contributions to WADE and the field of diabetes education in an outstanding manner.

Who can nominate:   Any WADE member can nominate another member or self-nominate for the award.

How to nominate: Electronically submit nominee's name, email address and phone number to Ineke Ojanen, WADE Awards Committee Chair (WACC) by February 1, 2019 ([email protected]).

Candidate Eligibility criteria: Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), active Member of WADE, member of AADE, and six years of experience as a diabetes educator who has volunteered for WADE.

Process: Nominated members will be sent a email from the WADE Awards Committee Chair (WACC) which will include: eligibility criteria, the application, and a personal information form for nominees to complete to be considered for the award.

*Those who nominate and submit a complete award application will be placed into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card.

2018 Distinguished Service Award Winner


2018 WADE Distinguished Service award winner is Laurie Payne, RD, BC-ADM, CDE

Laurie is known for her devotion to WADE/AADE. She has been an outstanding diabetes educator for more than 30 years. She has been part of WADE for 20+ years and volunteers countless hours every year as LNG leader, as well as being on the annual conference committee for the past 8-9 years. Her quiet manner is comforting, and allows for mature interaction and communication, qualities that support easy team building.

Previous winners

2000 Lois Van Ottingham
2001 Susan Wang
2002 Jessie Ahroni
2004 Jan Norman
2005 Randy Elde
2006 Chris Pelto
2007 Ron Kammer
2008 Brenda Montgomery
2009 Jennifer Newell
2010 Kathy Magee
2011 Jennifer Beach
2015 Heather Denis, RD, CDE
2018 Laurie Payne, RD, BC-ADM, CDE