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Phillip Emmerson Award

for Employment Excellence 


The CASE – Phillip Emmerson Award for Employment Excellence recognizes an outstanding Individual that has made significant contributions to the promotion of full citizenship and personal capacity through employment and innovation in the workplace, within Canada. This award is presented annually at the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) conference. 


The nominee(s) for this award must meet the following requirements: 

  1. A person living with a diversity in meaningful and competitively paid employment 

  2. Understands the economic value of inclusion for business, all employees and the economy at large 

  3. Leverages their position as a leader to create inclusion, innovation and harmony with other employees and management through communication, media and peer to peer discussions

  4. Demonstrates how employment has impacted the person to enjoy full citizenship 

  5. Have not previously won this award


The CASE Board will invite nominations for this award in the fall of each year by posting the request on its website and via email to other potentially interested parties. Self- nomination is permitted. Nominations can be submitted to the CASE Board Awards Committee through the addresses listed below. Nominations can be submitted in English or French. 


  1. The nominator will complete the nomination template provided. In some cases not all the criteria will be met, in this case print N/A in the provided field.   

  2. Two letters of support from a peer, employer or community member of the nominee, other than the nominator, that highlights the contributions of the nominee. 


Consideration will be given to continued leadership in the endeavors to the promotion of full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes, and to the establishment of a benchmark of Supported Employment excellence. Nominees will be rated as follows:


  • High profile within the community, place of employment and/or public recognition as a role model for employment excellence. 

  • Evidence that the local community or place of employment has benefited from the endeavors of the nominee. The experience of increased labour market participation of those experiencing barriers has extended to other areas of the community beyond the labour market. 


Recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee of the CASE board. At the discretion of the Awards Committee, a maximum of two (2) nominations or no more than 25% of the total number of candidates (whichever is less), may be brought forward for consideration the following year. The awards committee can only bring forward a candidate for consideration once. Recipients will be notified by telephone and in writing. 


The CASE – Phillip Emmerson Award for Employment Excellence will be presented by the CASE Board during its annual conference. Award recipients agree to standard publicity notification arranged by CASE. 


February 21, 2021

Please submit completed nominations to:


Canadian Association for Supported Employment
Joy McKinnon, CASE Vice-President
P.O Box 66, Spy Hill SK S0A 3W0

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