The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) began its annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day on Sunday by recognizing staff and volunteers for the exceptional work they do throughout the year to make cancer a top national priority.
The top advocacy awards were presented at ACS CAN's National Advocacy Leadership Awards dinner in Washington, DC. The 2017 recipients include:
- Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy (VAEA) – This award is the highest national volunteer advocacy honor bestowed by ACS CAN.
- State Lead Ambassador (SLA) of the Year – This award is presented to a lead state volunteer who has demonstrated exemplary leadership in advocating for ACS CAN's area of cancer-related public policy.
- Awardee: Eunice Hosteller, Washington
- Ambassador Constituent Team (ACT) Lead of the Year -- This award is given to a lead congressional district volunteer who has demonstrated remarkable leadership advocating for ACS CAN's areas of cancer-related public policy.
- Awardees: Juanita Taylor - North Carolina, Martha Cox - Colorado, Kathy Goss – Illinois
- Emerging Leader Award (new) - This award is presented to a state volunteer who has demonstrated an exciting promise in their start with ACS CAN by taking advantage of new opportunities to advocate for cancer patients.
- Awardee: Ian Lock, Wisconsin
Staff and Volunteer:
- State Advocacy Team of the Year – This award is presented to combined staff and volunteer teams that have worked together to make a significant impression in cancer-related public policy.
- Field Government Relations Professional of the Year – This award recognizes a government relations professional who has worked tirelessly to make a powerful, lasting impression in cancer-related public policy.
- Awardee: Minnesota Government Relations Director Ellie Beaver
- Field Grassroots Professional of the Year -- This award is given to an ACS CAN staff member whose collaborative efforts further the achievement of advocacy-related mission goals.
- Awardee: Virginia Grassroots Manager Ann Vaughn
- National/Regional Professional of the Year – This award is presented each year to an exemplary staff member who has made significant contributions to the organization through their cancer advocacy work.
- Awardee: Patti Bossert of North Carolina, associate director of Regional Grassroots and Program Integration, Eastern Region
- American Cancer Society Partner of the Year - This award is given to a staff member at the American Cancer Society whose collaborative efforts with the organization's advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, further the achievement of advocacy-related mission goals.
- Awardee: Vivienne Stearns-Elliott, communications director for D.C./Maryland/Delaware, Northeast Region.
- Alan Mills Award - ACS CAN's highest honor for advocacy staff, recognizes any current staff person who has consistently demonstrated leadership and excellence in the area of advocacy and public policy.
- Awardee: Ruth Parriott of Minnesota, vice president of Advocacy, Western Region
PHOTOS: Top photo, pictured in the center is ACS CAN New York volunteer, Sandra Cassese, recipient of the Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy, the highest national volunteer award given by ACS CAN. With her, from left: ACS CAN Board Chair John Hamilton, DDS; ACS CAN President Chris Hansen, ACS and ACS CAN CEO Gary Reedy; ACS Board Chair Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS; and ACS CAN Strategic Director of Advocacy Organizational Development & Training Jeff Martin. In the smaller photo, ACS Partner of the Year Vivienne Stearns-Elliott, center, poses with (L to R) ACS CAN President Chris Hansen, ACS and ACS CAN CEO Gary Reedy; ACS Board Chair Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS and ACS CAN Strategic Director of Advocacy Organizational Development & Training Jeff Martin.