Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award!
This award was established in memory of Diane to recognize those who exemplify the same qualities she possessed: active acceptance, respect, compassion, devotion, and caring for people with disabilities.
For the past 30 years, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has recognized individuals who go above and beyond in creating access for individuals with disabilities in Southern Arizona. This award is an amazing opportunity to recognize someone in our community who goes above and beyond to make Southern Arizona a more welcoming, inclusive place to live.
Nominees may also include volunteers, organizations or programs that have established advocacy services and/or increased community resources for people with disabilities.
Recipient(s) will be announced in January 2022 and honored at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Annual Event in April 2022.
The deadline for nominations is January 7, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Learn more and nominate here.
Past recipients include:
- 2021: Anne Levy, Community Outreach Program for the Deaf, Deaf and Residential Services; Kyle Lininger, Intermountain Centers for Human Development
- 2020: Dr. Fabi Hirsch Kruse, Friends of Aphasia; Dr. Stephanie MacFarland, University of Arizona College of Education
- 2019: Vicki Cuscino, DIRECT Center for Independence; Echoing Hope Ranch
- 2018: Steve King, Beacon Group; Marshall Herron, Jewish Family and Children’s Services
- 2017: Mindy Bernstein, Coyote TaskForce; Steve Freeman, Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome
- 2016: Mary Vardi, Therapeutic Riding of Tucson; Taglit Day Program at the Jewish Community Center; and Angeline Fahey, Beads of Courage
- 2015: Jamie Lakin Kelley, Integrative Touch for Kids
- 2014: Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona and Criminal Justice Team of the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona
- 2013: Sister Jeanne Carrigan, ArtWorks; Kathy Gray-Mangerson, Arizona Department of Education
- 2012: Derry Dean, National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern Arizona; Disability & Rehabilitation Employment Awareness Month (DREAM) Team
- 2011: Murray Everson, Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind