2021 Award and Scholarship Recipients
Quality of Life Award
Penelope (Penny) Damaskos, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
This prestigious award honors individuals whose contributions through education, direct service, publications and presentations reflect a commitment to quality of life for all cancer survivors.
Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award
Courtney Bitz, LCSW, OSW-C, ACHP-SW
Sponsored by Cancer Support Community
This award recognizes an exceptional member of AOSW who, in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate service, is a model for the profession. The award is sponsored by the Cancer Support Community and through the generous donations of supporters, including AOSW members.
LLS Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year Award
Susan Garland, LICSW, OSW-C
Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is pleased to support this award. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recognizes the work and importance of social workers in the lives and treatment of patients with a blood cancer and their loved ones.
LLS Hematology-Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award Awards
Nancy Boyle, MSW, LCSW
Judith Cline, MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is also pleased to announce the LLS Hematology/Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award. This award was created to specifically honor an oncology social worker who has exhibited leadership and support for blood cancer patients and has had ongoing involvement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) throughout their career. This award was established to recognize an exceptional social worker with ten (10) or more years of experience in hematology/oncology.
Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer's Social Worker of the Year Award Winner
Sarah Bechard, LMSW
Sponsored by the Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer
The Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer is pleased to support this award. The Go2Foundation for Lung Cancer recognizes the work and importance of social workers in the lives of people at risk for lung cancer, those diagnosed and their loved ones. This award, given annually, recognizes dedication to the lung cancer community and field of oncology social work. The award comes with a $1,500 stipend that covers conference registration, hotel/airfare, and membership fees for non-members.
AOSW Volunteer Social Worker of the Year Award
Kerry Irish, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW
Established to honor AOSW volunteers, this $1,000 award provides complimentary registration to AOSW Conference and an annual opportunity to recognize an exceptional, experienced oncology social worker and active volunteer of AOSW. Only AOSW Board or Committee Members can nominate someone for the Volunteer of the Year Award; the Awards Committee cannot nominate anyone for this award. The award is presented to an oncology social worker who, in the day-to-day delivery of compassionate service, is a model for the profession itself. This award is supported through contributions to AOSW.
Kim Lawson Scholarship
Jill Randall, PhD*, MSW, LICSW
*received May, 2021
Established to honor AOSW President, Kim Lawson, this $1,000 scholarship defrays the cost of conference attendance for an AOSW member who has demonstrated commitment to the profession, including pursuing a PhD or DSW as part of your professional development. The scholarship is supported through generous donations of supporters, including our own members.
2021 Conference Scholarship Recipients
Cheron Joy Hillmon