2017 OAC Annual Awards Winners Announced
Presented at the 6th Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention
OAC’s Annual Awards Program honors outstanding OAC members and volunteers for their tireless efforts to help individuals affected by obesity through education, advocacy and support. Our members truly drive the successes of the OAC, and we are honored to have celebrated these individuals that have made a direct impact in advancing the goals and mission of the OAC. We are excited to announce this year’s winners:
OAC Member of the Year Award
This award is the highest honor an OAC member can receive. The recipient of this award is someone who has stood-out among the membership as an advocate, educator and supporter. The winner has been an incredible exemplary member of the OAC. She tells every single person she meets about the OAC no matter where she is or whom she is talking to. And, she always makes sure people are using People-First language when they talk about the disease of obesity.
This year she was a great advocate for our convention, ensuring that everyone in her hometown knew YWM2017 was coming to New Orleans. On social media, she was not afraid to engage in conversation with family members, friends and others about obesity, weight bias, the OAC and more. She truly stands up for what she and the OAC believe. The winner of the 2017 OAC Member of the Year is Mary Grisaffi.
The OAC’s Chairman’s Award is given to an OAC National Board Member for their outstanding service and contributions as a volunteer on the National Board of Directors. Throughout her service on the OAC Board, she has continually represented the OAC in all she does. She is one of our strongest advocates and has demonstrated this through Capitol Hill visits, media interviews, combating weight bias and much more.
Throughout the last year, she has played an instrumental role in the creation of the OAC Community and crafting what it means to be involved with this organization. For more than a decade, she has stood by the OAC and helped us grow to the organization we are today- a 56,000 member strong community. The winner of the 2017 Chairman’s Award is Tammy Beaumont.
Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy
This award is given to an OAC member who has led the charge in advocacy. The recipient has continually represented the OAC on Capitol Hill advocating for individuals affected by obesity. His passion for advocacy is only surpassed by his passion for being an OAC member. In addition to representing the OAC on Capitol Hill, he has also attended various events advocating for the OAC’s mission, vision and goals. He is an exemplary member who proudly represents the OAC every opportunity he gets. The winner of the 2017 Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy is Jason Krynicki.
Bias Buster of the Year Award
This award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond in the fight against weight bias. The recipient of this award is someone who works to eradicate weight bias, and educate the population on the harmful effects of it. This year’s recipient has been an exemplary OAC member in her fight against weight bias. She actively engages in discussions on social media to educate others about weight bias, and volunteers her time on the OAC’s newly-formed Weight Bias Taskforce.
As a longtime member, she has continually represented the OAC’s values in all that we do, but especially in our efforts combating weight bias and stigma. The winner of the 2017 OAC Bias Buster of the Year Award is Pandora Williams.
Community Leader of the Year Award
This award is given to an individual who has made a difference in their community to promote health and obesity awareness. This person actively engages and encourages the community to become involved in activities that further the mission of the OAC. This year’s recipient has been a tremendous asset to the OAC in all that we do, but especially with this year’s annual Convention. She has diligently promoted the OAC and YWM2017 in her hometown of New Orleans.
She has been a passionate member and advocate for the OAC as long as I have known her, dedicates her time to serve on the Convention Welcoming Committee and has vigorously pursued efforts in advocating for better mental health for those affected by obesity, while navigating her own struggle with the disease. The winner of the 2017 OAC Community Leader of the Year Award is Nanette Adams.
To view past award winners, please click here.