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Distinguished Service Award Of The Year

2020 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 15, 2020 ([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.

*A $100 Amazon gift card will go to nominator of the award winner.

2020 Distinguished Service Award Winner

Deborah Belknap, RN, BSN. CDCES

Deb is known for her leadership with WADE for the past 10 years. During this time she has been on the WADE conference planning committee and has been the vendor liaison every year. She has co-chaired three WADE conferences and has been the chair of the WADE coordinating board for the last several years. “Being always open to suggestions for change, she has helped all of us accept the vision of the future opportunities for chapter growth...” Deb is also known for being part of a team to place diabetes educators in every Providence family practice and internal medicine clinic in Spokane. Her deepest passion is diabetes camp. She has touched the lives of children with diabetes for over 20+ years by working at Camp Fun in the Sun, Camp STIX, and Camp Twigs.

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
2019 Alison Evert, MS, RD, CDE
2020 Deborah Belknap, RN, BSN, CDCES