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Click on the cover page below to view 2019's list of recipients for Certificate of Appreciation, nominees for Sheelagh Nolan Award, and this year's recipient of the Sheelagh Nolan Excellence for Teaching Award:


Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thank you for taking this opportunity to recognize the outstanding achievement of educators and teams in support of learners on the Autism Spectrum across the lifespan in Nova Scotia. The Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching is a prestigious award that honors the devotion and perseverance of the late Sheelagh Nolan. Sheelagh’s son, Patrick, is on the Autism Spectrum and was always Sheelagh’s inspiration. Sheelagh was an active contributor to numerous school and community causes. It was through Patrick that Sheelagh became a friend to Autism Nova Scotia, and it is her legacy or support and championing of excellence in eduction that we celebrate with this award.

The Sheelagh Nolan Award has always honoured excellence in teaching, whether it be a teacher, a member of the student support team, learning team, or school. We have also come to recognize and honour the exceptional work of individuals and teams who continue to teach individuals on the Autism Spectrum once their school days are through, both in the workplace and the community.

With this award, we recognize the efforts of an individual or team to foster the growth and maximize the potential of a learner or learners on the Autism Spectrum in a collaborative and positive manner.

The Sheelagh Nolan Award for Excellence in Teaching will recognize an individual or team that provides a learning environment that:
• Seeks to foster growth and maximizes potential of the student or learner with autism. 
• Recognizes that educational process involves collaboration between family/caregivers, the learner, educators and other significant partners involved.
• Builds self-esteem and peer relations for the learner on the Autism Spectrum.
• Consistently ensures the implementation and use of best practices and the most current information regarding autism.

Nominations will be accepted from parents, educational staff and students of a educational institution in Nova Scotia. The award will be presented at Autism Nova Scotia’s Holiday Open House at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on December 12, 2019. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 22, 2019. 

Sheelagh Nolan Award Nomination Form

Certificate of Appreciation : 

Nominate an unsung hero in your community today!

At Autism Nova Scotia, we strive to cultivate a community that supports the understanding, acceptance, and inclusion of individuals with autism in the everyday life of our province. These efforts are made possible by the countless unsung heroes that actively practice these values in their day-to-day lives. In this spirit, we are pleased to announce the call for nominations for 'Certificates of Appreciation' that recognize the achievement and dedication of these incredible individuals across our province.

Whether they are an individual, team, agency, employer, or professional, we want to hear about how they have fostered learning, acceptance, accessibility, and inclusiveness for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Perhaps they are an individual on the spectrum advocating for change and acceptance in their community, an employer fostering equality in their work environment, or a bus driver who befriends and appreciates the unique qualities of their autistic passengers. Help us recognize their invaluable contribution and say thank you by nominating them.

If you would like to submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form found below. Nominations must be received by Friday, November 22, 2019. See nomination form for details.We encourage you to take this opportunity and thank you in advance for helping us to recognize our amazing citizens who make a difference in someone's life on the spectrum. The certificates will be presented at a special ceremony on December 12, 2019 at Autism Nova Scotia’s Holiday Open House at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Certificate of Appreciation Nomination Form