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Call for 2020 IPTA Award Nominations!

Thursday, November 21, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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Call for IPTA 2020 Award Nominations!

Mary Keehn, PT, DPT, MHPE
IPTA Awards Committee Chair

Nothing goes further to encourage active membership and thank members for their hard work than some well-deserved recognition. And fortunately, IPTA has a great awards program designed to do exactly that!

The contributions of IPTA members and friend of IPTA are broad reaching and too numerous to mention no matter how hard we try, but the annual IPTA Awards program is one opportunity to recognize at least a few of those contributions.  It goes without saying (but I am saying it anyway!) that IPTA’s ability to achieve its mission and goals depend almost entirely on the efforts of members who volunteer their precious time and extraordinary talents.  The nomination process has been designed to be as easy as possible – including being able to make a nomination anytime during the year and submit the nomination electronically. 

And who, might you be thinking, is deserving of an award?

Well, there are 11 award categories to recognize everything from a single great contribution to a lifetime of achievement. There is also an award for someone who is not a member but who has been an important friend to the chapter.  Think about the people who have taken on an issue and really contributed as well as those members who have held ongoing leadership or supporting roles over a longer period of time.  Effort at every level is important – not to mention that it doesn’t matter if someone is early in their career and you want to contribute to their professional development or if they have been active for years and might benefit from a boost to keep them going strong.  Remember, people usually don’t set out to win an award, but recognition through an award can be the motivation it takes to keep going when it would be easier to just stay home. 

While the nomination process is pretty straight forward, we know that it still requires a member to gather the nomination materials and submit the nomination and that definitely takes time.  We suggest that you find a partner or partners to work with you on the nomination.  If you need some additional motivation, think about how great you feel when your hard work is recognized or about how good it feels when your work in putting together a nomination results in someone being recognizes for their hard work.

As important as to provide recognition to outstanding members, there are some years when there are not any nominations for some of the award categories – and this makes the Awards Committee very sad!  So put a grin on the face of every Awards Committee member and force us to roll up our sleeves and plow through piles of nominations in order to get to the final list of awardees – we promise we won’t mind the work.


The deadline to submit nominations for 2020 awards is January 30th, 2020.

Detailed award descriptions, eligibility information, and nomination instructions for all awards are available on the IPTA Awards Nomination webpage.


Those selected by the Awards Committee and the IPTA Board of Directors will be honored during IPTA's Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 24, 2020 as part of the PT REVITALIZE Conference & Expo that will be held at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL.



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