As President of AAPO, nothing gives me more pleasure than to present this award to someone who has distinguished themselves as a leader and a toiler for our industry. Simultaneously, nothing gives me more angst than deciding who will be the next recipient. AAPO is blessed with strong candidates, people who give selflessly, think strategically and work tirelessly. Previous recipients Wendy Hanes and Wendy Davie are a testament to this.
This year I am honouring a woman who has served AAPO well over several years. She displays the highest standard of ethics and integrity and strives to defend these values whenever and wherever she sees an improvement can be made. She has attained Expert accreditation, and was one of the first to do so. She has served on the Executive committee, made significant contributions to National Organising Week, served on the Website and Public Relations sub-committees, has been the leader of 2 chapters or forums as they are now known. She has in fact been the Forums Leader, mentoring forum co-ordinators and developing the manual and policies which guide and support our forums and their leaders. She continues to contribute to the Public Relations sub-committee and has recently taken on the role of Professional Development Co-ordinator, and I frankly had to tell her to take a rest from her many other roles.
I am pleased to present the AAPO 2010 President’s Award to Sarah Cottman.