Nomination Forms
What’s the timeline? The deadline to submit a nomination package is Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.  Support materials such as newspaper articles and support letters may be submitted by mail/email until Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.  All nominees will receive recognition in an awards ceremony in the fall 2021.
What is new this year?
To simplify the nomination process, GCDE volunteers and staff are responsible to collect the required photos and release forms

What are the Award Categories? 
  • Public, Private, and Non-Profit Employers
    Honors employers for their efforts to recruit, hire and advance individuals with disabilities
  • Youth Employer
    Honors employers who support youth with disabilities through employment preparation and job skills training
  • Direct Support Professional
    Recognizes an outstanding professional whose career provides long-term supported employment services to individuals with intellectual, developmental and/or psychological disabilities
  • Governor's Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown
    Honors an individual with a disability who has developed or influenced programs, services, legislation, etc., resulting in positive outcomes enhancing the empowerment of individuals with disabilities in Washington State
  • Toby Olson Lifetime Impact Award
    The Toby Olson Lifetime Impact Award process is presented in the Nomination Packet and can be found on the GCDE’s Website

What is in this Nomination Packet?

Nomination Instructions and Process  

Award Nomination Templates

Letter to Employer Advising of Proposed Nomination

Employer “Congratulations!” Form Letter

About the GCDE: The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment administers the Governor's Employer Awards Program and other activities.  It provides statewide advocacy and leadership to empower the disability community to obtain equality of opportunity and maximum independence.
To request an application in alternate formats or if you have questions, need assistance in filling out the nomination packet or help using the SurveyMonkey, please contact Emily Heike via phone: 360.890.3776 or email: GCDEAwards@esd.wa.GOV