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March 23, 2016

Fanshawe College is pleased to announce that the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD) Board has honoured Michelle Palmer with the 2016 OADD Award of Excellence for her contributions in the field through her work and volunteer activities.

Michelle graduated from the Developmental Services program in 1983 and began her career with Community Living London (CLL). In 2007, she was named executive director of CLL, an organization that is dedicated to supporting people with developmental disabilities so they may live fulfilled lives. Currently, she is also the interim executive director of Community Living Elgin and has been a family home provider for a gentleman with a disability since 1994.

Michelle was presented with a Fanshawe College honorary diploma in 2011 and, in 2013, received the Fanshawe Distinguished Alumni Award in the Community Services category. She was also the College's nominee in the same category for the 2014 Premier's Award.

In 2014, Michelle was an ambassador award recipient from the Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs and Community Living London was recognized as a Canadian Nonprofit Employer of Choice in February 2016.

Michelle received her award at the OADD Conference on April 7.

About the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities

OADD is a professional organization of people working and studying in the field of developmental disabilities, throughout Ontario. Their members include agencies and organizations; university and community college students and instructors; service provider direct care staff and managers; family support workers; case managers; psychologists; social workers; and other dedicated individuals.


Michelle Palmer

Michelle Palmer, DSW graduate 1983