Lifetime Achievement Award

At the 2012 CASAE/ACEEA AGM, members approved the creation of a CASAE/ACEEA Lifetime Achievement Award to honour exceptional contributions given by an individual or program/agency to the field of adult education in Canada. Submissions will be reviewed on the basis of academic, organizational and policy achievements and completeness of the submission (all required materials included in submission).

2020 Nominations

2020 – Bill Fallis

Dr. Bill Fallis has practiced every conceivable form of adult education with excellence, epitomizing what is best about adult education in Canada. Through his exemplary working career as a professor at Toronto’s George Brown College he has taught and supervised community work and placements, taking on several leadership roles while supporting and sustaining CASAE for its lifetime.

Bill has practiced every conceivable form of adult education at the municipal, national and international levels, in a range of adult education capacities from ABE to community development, college and university teaching, to program development, as researcher and evaluator, to international project coordinator. Bill was a project officer with the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities in the mid-2000s, and has returned to this position since 2017. In this role, he has led the program standard review/development projects for over 20 community college programs. Internationally, Bill worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat in Samoa, Jamaica and St. Lucia consulting on ABE programs and earlier in his career in Indonesia as a volunteer with Canada World Youth. Volunteerism is in his blood.

Bill has served in a variety of leadership roles in CASAE since attending its founding conference in Montreal almost forty years ago, and then serving as national treasurer, president, member of Lifetime Achievement Award Committee, local conference coordinator, Ontario representative, member of the Board of Directors, and coordinator of the Membership Committee. Starting in 2000 he was a key member of the CASAE Peace Group, which organized events at OISE and presented at CASAE conferences. He always presents with others, showing his value on collegiality in the academy. Most importantly he held informal negotiating roles during strategic transition times for CASAE: with financing of the journal, reinstating charitable status with Revenue Canada, hiring a professional organizer and reestablishing CASAE’s secretariat with the Canadian Society for the Study of Education. Bill continues to contribute as a member of the Board, making sure that student and practitioner voices continue to be heard. The archives of CASAE are enriched with the beautiful photographs he has taken at most annual conferences and shared generously with the membership.

A champion of adult education and CASAE, Bill Fallis has led from behind as often as he has led from the front, which is the mark of a true adult educator.

2020 – Shahrzad Mojab

Dr. Shahrzad Mojab has had an illustrious career as an adult educator, both within Canada and internationally. Her work has significantly shaped the direction of the discipline demonstrating her extraordinary commitment to the tremendous potential of adult education to facilitate processes of social change.

Since 1996 she has held a faculty position and leadership roles in the Adult Education & Community Development program at OISE/University of Toronto, supervising 16 completed doctoral dissertations and dozens of MA theses. She has been a member of the executive of CASAE, including a three-year term as president, and has served on the editorial boards of Adult Education Quarterly, Studies in the Education of Adults, Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education, International Journal of Lifelong Education, and Convergence.

Professor Mojab’s publications, based on her research throughout the Middle East, Europe and Canada, call for a greater understanding of lifelong education as a critical tool for social mobility, political participation, economic prosperity, and peace, with special attention to women, immigrants and refugees. She has argued for the development of new and critical approaches to education, theorized in her eight books and over 50 refereed articles in influential journals in her field. Her contributions extend to creative and collaborative ways of disseminating knowledge such as documentary filmmaking, visual arts, dance, and theater, employing participatory/cooperative teaching/learning models.

2019 – Jim Sharpe

Dr. Jim Sharpe has been an active member of CASAE since 1983 and currently holds the executive position of Treasurer for our Association. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Jim played a significant role in the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education and was pivotal in organizing regional events in Atlantic Canada in his position at St. Mary’s University Continuing Education Department. During this period he worked closely with Michael Welton, who was president of CASAE at the time, in forming the Atlantic Popular Education Network. Moving to Mount St. Vincent University as Dean of Education, he played an important leadership role in the Association of Canadian Deans of Education. Another contribution Jim had made to the advancement of adult education in Canada was his involvement with the Canadian Council on Learning and the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre at University of New Brunswick where he chaired the Knowledge Mobilization Committee from 2006-2009. Over the past three decades Jim has been a pillar to our association by presenting his research in various venues outside of Canada, organizing Atlantic regional conferences and advocating on our behalf to Council of Ministers of Education of Canada.

2017 – Shauna Butterwick

Shauna came to the field of adult education through learning and practice as a community health nurse and from working at a women’s resource centre. She has taught adults at Douglas College, Simon Fraser and UBC over a forty-year career. Drawing on popular education and feminist pedagogy, she has developed a powerful and creative teaching practice.

Her research approach, with students, faculty, community workers and NGO’s, has created inclusive communities of discovery across Canada and in places like India, UK, Australia and New Zealand. In over 100 publications she has focused on informal and social movement learning and policy recommendations for those living on the economic, social and political margins of society, particularly women.

Throughout her career, she has co-created knowledge with community organizations and associations, and has been an anchor in the work of CASAE. This award salutes her generous and sustained contribution to our field’s tradition of reflection and action for a more socially just world.

2017 – Maurice Taylor

For more than 35 years, Maurice has been an advocate for adult literacy, as a practitioner and a scholar. His teaching at the University of Ottawa has reflected this passion, his research has drawn funding to this area and his publications, over 150 of them, have informed textbooks, academic symposia, international and national colloquia and government consultations.

He has trained and developed workplace practitioners and engaged them as researchers to develop and implement solutions on the ground. He has contributed actively to CASAE and to other organizations and partnerships, including the National Indigenous Literacy Association of Canada, Ningwakwee, and programs with public housing sites and injured worker groups. He helped establish the National Literacy Secretariat and has mentored literacy researchers and practitioners locally, nationally and internationally.

This award recognizes Maurice’s great contribution to serving those excluded from the formal education systems, democratizing the field of Canadian adult education.

2016 – Arpi Hamalian

Arpi Hamalian is a multi-lingual champion for life-long-learning, educator, practitioner, academic leader and scholar. She is also a mentor and internship, thesis and dissertation supervisor to over 300 graduate students in adult education as a field of study. Her work in all these areas has been recognized with dozens of honors and awards locally, nationally and internationally. Starting her academic career at Concordia in 1974, she brought in the credit programs of Certificate, Minor and BA in Adult Education in 1979 and later on developed the Graduate Diploma in Adult Education as well as the MA and Doctoral concentrations. She has played a major role in adult education related policy development bodies in 21 different countries in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Eurasia, and leadership roles in faculty and teachers unions. Internationally she has contributed to the establishment of rural education initiatives for women who have been de-skilled through technology changes or displaced by wars and earthquakes, including immigrant and refugee groups in Canada. Her research and publications on women’s rotating saving associations in many countries as well as education programs in refugee camps are well known in multidisciplinary and adult education networks.

2015 – D’Arcy Martin

D’Arcy Martin receiving award from Shauna Butterwick at the 2015 CASAE AGM

D’Arcy Martin is known for his practice, leadership and scholarship on Canadian labour education and for bringing popular education and social justice practices to a diverse range of non-governmental organizations. He has also played a major role in policy development bodies. He has held major leadership positions in labour education within the Canadian labour movement organizations including United Steelworkers; Communication, Energy and Paperworkers; Service Employees International Union, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. He has written extensively on labour education including Thinking Union which many consider the most illuminating book yet written on labour education in Canada.

2015 – Budd Hall

Budd Hall is known throughout the world for his contributions to participatory research and social movement learning. He has worked with the International Council for Adult Education as a Research Officer and later its Secretary-General. He joined the Department of Adult Education at OISE in 1991, was Chair from 1993 – 2001 and helped to establish the Transformative Learning Centre at OISE. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria and following that, created the Office of Community-Based Research and became its founding Director. He is currently a Professor in the Community Development department at the University of Victoria and is Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.

2014 – Allan Quigley

Allan Quigley’s entire working career has been dedicated to adult education—particularly to adult literacy education. With a BA from the University of Regina, he volunteered with CUSO in 1967 and taught ESL in a government boys’ school in India for three years. Back in Saskatchewan, he completed a Masters degree in English and taught adult literacy in Northern Saskatchewan from 1972-73. These two formative experiences—India and N. Sask.—lead him to his life’s work in literacy. He helped develop the new Saskatchewan colleges.

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