Awards

The Gerry Bloomfield Awards

Gerry Bloomfield was a founding member of OSAC (Ontario Society for Autistic Children), which later became Autism Ontario. These awards are given by our Board of Directors in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Autism Ontario and to the cause of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Professional Award 

The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding professional contributions to the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders or to Autism Ontario is awarded in recognition of the critical role played by professionals in the lives of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. It may be awarded to an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have contributed to improving the quality of life for a person or persons with ASD through:

  • Improving programs

  • Research, and/or

  • Establishing guidelines and policies.

The Gerry Bloomfield Professional Award may also be awarded to someone whose efforts have had direct influence in making a significant change in the lives of people with autism and their families.

Past Award Recipients: 

2018 The Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee (Combined)    
2017 Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou    
2016 Suzanne Murphy    
2015 Dr. Stephen Scherer    
2014 Layne Verbeek    
2013 The Toronto Star    
2012 Dr. Wendy Roberts    
2011 Ethel Berry    
2010 Kathleen Wynne    
2009 Jeff Dobbin    
2008 Leslie Broun        
2006 Rick Ludkin/Woodview Manor    
2005 National Service Dogs - Chris Fowler, Heather Fowler, Danielle Forbes    
2004 Shelley Martel    
2003 Denise Rybuck    
2002 Bill Elleker & Parentbooks Staff    
2001 Jennifer Cantello Daw    
2000 Sheila Bell    
1997 Dr. Jeanette Holden    
1996 Carrie Augustine    
1995 Dr. Joseph Huggins    
1994 Catherine Hanna    
1993 Dr. Peter Szatmari, Susan Honeyman    
1992 Martha Leary    
1991 Dr. Susan Bryson

Volunteer Award 

The Gerry Bloomfield Award for outstanding contributions to Autism Ontario by a volunteer may be awarded to an individual or group of individuals whose efforts have contributed to improving the quality of life for a person or persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) through:

  • Promoting public awareness and understanding
  • Advocating on behalf of Autism Ontario
  • Supporting the families and communities through outstanding work at the Chapter level

The Gerry Bloomfield Volunteer Award may be awarded to someone whose efforts have created a greater profile for an Autism Ontario Chapter or the organization with the community at large. The recipient(s) should be a past or present member of Autism Ontario and should have demonstrated integrity, commitment and loyalty over a sustained period of time to the lives of people with ASD.

Past Award Recipients: 

2017 Dr. Glenn Rampton
2016 McCreary Family
2015 Patricia O'Connor
2014 Laurie Pearce
2013 Robert Hart
2012 Howard Weinroth
2011 Jon Duerdoth
2010 Christine Dade
2009 Barry Goman & Suzanne Senst
2007 Kerry Flynn
2006 Chuck Learn
2005 Patricia Gallin
2004 Cycle for Autism Team
2003 Kathryn Everest, Maria Harrison
2002 Ron Harrison, Bonnie McPhail
2001 Lillian & Eddy Lloyd
2000 Karen McKay
1997 Claudio & Michelle Del Duca
1996 Arthur & Rhonda Shlanger, Natalie Whatley
1995 The Awad Family
1994 The Rain Family
1993 Don Dalton
1992 Claire Zeijdel
1991 Eleanor Ritchie