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).
The due date for nominations has been extended to 30 April 2021.
2020 – Bill Fallis
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
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
2017 – Shauna Butterwick
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
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
2015 – D’Arcy Martin
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
2014 – Allan Quigley
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