Catalyst:  one whose enthusiasm and energy precipitates significant positive change.

The Catalyst Awards encompass superior work across nine (9) different categories, include both sexual and domestic violence work, and apply to program staff, community leaders, volunteers, and allied professionals. As in the past we are asking individual or organizational members of the Action Alliance to nominate agencies and individuals you wish to recognize and celebrate.   Nominations are due by March 29, 2019.

Catalyst Awards Nomination Guidelines
+ The Catalyst Awards Committee will review nominations and select the 2019 Award recipients.

+ Catalyst Award recipients will be notified by April 30, 2019.
+ Catalyst Award recipients will be honored at the Catalyst Award dinner, held at the 2019 Biennial Retreat, June 5, 2019, Emory & Henry University.
+ Please use a separate nomination form for each individual or agency nominated.
+ An individual or agency can be nominated in multiple categories, but please use separate nomination forms for each category.
+ Nominating multiple individuals and agencies across all categories is encouraged.
+ Members of the Catalyst awards review committee can be nominated for awards, or make nominations, but will recuse themselves from discussion for those particular awards.
+ Except for the Pioneer Award, there are no limits or guidelines for how long a nominee has to be working in the field.
Individual members as well as staff of Action Alliance member agencies are welcome to make nominations.
+ The information you provide on the nomination is the only information that the Catalyst Awards Committee members will use to determine the award winner, so please be clear and detailed in your responses. No other information, including personal relationships between committee members and nominees, will be taken into account. 
+ Staff of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance are not eligible for nominations.

If you have any questions or need to apply on paper, contact Linda Winston at 804.377.0335 or lwinston@vsdvalliance.org.          

Nomination Ideas:

• An advocate or volunteer whose commitment and spirit makes a difference
• An innovative outreach program to underserved populations
• A community leader who has promoted prevention efforts
• A local business which has provided goods or services to your program
• A law enforcement agent who has helped victims/survivors to feel safer
• A faith leader who has offered alternatives to violence
• Or anyone who you would like to thank and honor for their efforts to create a Virginia free from sexual and domestic violence
Catalyst Awards Category Descriptions

Pioneer Award
This award honors one who was among the first to fight the good fight in order to improve the lives of survivors and ultimately end sexual and/or domestic violence. This lifetime achievement is reserved for someone who has worked in the movement for 20 or more years.

Pathfinder Award
This award honors an individual or group who broadens the boundaries of traditional domestic and/or sexual violence work through creative outreach to an underserved population. The nominee will demonstrate a commitment to positive change, exceptional activism, and innovation in identifying survivors and providing services in marginalized communities.

Nexus Award
This award honors an individual or agency that has created a high level of cooperation among members of the justice system and/or other systems within a local community. The nominee exemplifies the collaboration and unity of purpose in bringing together diverse individuals and disciplines to create a community that promotes safety for victims and accountability for perpetrators.

Purple Ribbon Award
This award honors one working specifically in the field of domestic violence for demonstrating exemplary commitment to restoring power and hope to victims who have experienced domestic violence through the provision of direct client services. The nominee excels in advocacy work by promoting empowerment which fosters healing.
Teal Ribbon Award
This award honors one working specifically in the field of sexual violence for demonstrating exemplary commitment to restoring power and hope to victims who have experienced sexual violence through the provision of direct client services. The nominee excels in advocacy work by promoting empowerment which fosters healing.

Blue Ribbon Award
This award honors one working with children or adolescents who have witnessed or experienced domestic or sexual violence. The nominee is recognized for demonstrating exemplary commitment to restoring power and hope to young victims through direct client services. The nominee excels in advocacy work by promoting education and empowerment which fosters healing.

Hope Award
This award honors an individual or team who has made a significant contribution to the prevention of domestic and/or sexual violence. Nominees will have implemented prevention initiatives that inspire communities to create future generations of healthy, safe, and respectful relationships.

Uncommon Ally Award
This award honors an individual, group, organization or business that is not typically associated with the movement but has demonstrated exemplary service to those affected by sexual and/or domestic violence through an alliance with a local domestic and or sexual violence service agency.

Ann Crittenden "Unsung Hero" Award
This award honors an individual who works diligently and quietly behind the scenes to do what needs to be done, providing daily support, coordination, or advocacy. The nominee may be an administrator, office staff, advocate and/or volunteer who eschews the limelight, yet shows up consistently, day after day, to keep us moving forward in our efforts to eradicate sexual and intimate partner violence. The award is named in memory of Ann Crittenden, a beloved, hard-working, and loyal member of the Action Alliance staff for over 20 years, who skillfully created the beautiful stained glass catalyst awards for years and passed away in 2017.

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