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 Le Comité consultatif du Programme ontarien des services en matière d’autisme (combiné)        
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 Équipe « Cycle for Autism »

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 La famille Awad
1994 La famille Rain
1993 Don Dalton
1992 Claire Zeijdel
1991 Eleanor Ritchie