Each year, during the luncheon portion of our Annual Conference, MDSC honors individuals or organizations who have celebrated the rich accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.

We invite members of our community or the general public to nominate those people whom you believe are most deserving of the following awards: Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence, Outstanding Educator Award, Exemplary Employer Award and Media Award.

Our Awards

Taffy Nothnagle of the South Shore Mothers Support Group, winner of the 2020 Crocker Award of Excellence

Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence

The highest award offered by the MDSC, the Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence was established in recognition of Dr. Crocker’s many years of nurturing individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout their life’s journey. The award is presented to the person who most advances the Down syndrome movement.

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Kerry Bremer, winner of the 2020 Educator Award, with Jake Manning (left) and Jonathan Bremer (right)

Outstanding Educator Award

Presented to an educator in Massachusetts who has significantly contributed to ensuring that students with Down syndrome are given every opportunity to maximize their full potential.

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Eilish Havey, proprietor of Bunratty Tavern, winner of the 2020 Employer of the Year Award, with Samantha Gibbs

Exemplary Employer Award

Established in 2016, this award is presented to an individual or company who is an exemplary employer in creating a welcoming, inclusive work environment for individuals with Down syndrome and/or other disabilities. Employers of the Year recognize the inherent value that people with Down syndrome can bring to the workforce and act as role models for other employers to emulate.

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Maggie Hennessey-Nees, Director of Community Affairs for Boston25 News, winner of the 2020 Media Award

Media Award

Presented to a person or company who exemplifies the MDSC’s mission to disseminate up-to-date information about Down syndrome.

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Leadership Award

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Stephen Narey, co-winner of 2020 Leadership Award, with his son Cole and family
Ashley Wheeler, Senior Program Manager of John Hancock Boston Marathon Charity Non-profit Program, co-winner of 2020 Leadership Award

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