Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs
Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs

Gerry Sutton Scholarship

Gerry Sutton

The Gerry Sutton Scholarship was established in recognition of former OASIS Board member and President, Gerry Sutton for his volunteer and philanthropic contributions to OASIS. Gerry, through his connection with Queen’s University and the financial support of The Oakville Foundation for Intellectually Handicapped People, was instrumental in establishing the Queen’s Leadership Program which provides leadership training for OASIS Executive Directors and senior staff who are being developed to succeed them. The Program is a partnership between OASIS, The Oakville Foundation for the Intellectually Handicapped, the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Queen’s School of Business.

Scholarship Details

  • Issued once per year to an Executive Director or Senior Manager
  • Presented at OASIS Annual Conference
  • Amount to be equal to the Queen’s/OASIS Leadership session registration fee
  • Utilized for Executive Director/Senior Manager attendance/participation in the OASIS – Queen’s Leadership Program
  • No funds provided, OASIS to pay registration fee
  • Selection made by the Secretary, Treasurer, and Past-President of OASIS
  • Submission deadline end of March

Gerry Sutton Scholarship Winners

2015-2016 – Christina Hall – CHOICES

Christina Hall

Left to right: Minister Helena Jaczek, Christina Hall, President David Barber

The winner of the Gerry Sutton Scholarship for 2016 has worked in the developmental services field for 25 years.  She started her career working with children and families, and has progressed through many different roles at her organization, to her current role of Program Manager and Education Co-ordinator.

She is relatively new to a formal leadership role and continually seeks opportunities to enhance her leadership skills.  Her agency actively promotes and educates employees to assist them on their career paths, with succession planning as a main focus.

Throughout her life she has continued to seek opportunities to grow and develop, and is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program through Wilfred Laurier University.  She is also progressing through a leadership certificate course sponsored by Waterloo University.  She personally believes in education and training, both in practice and theory, and actively seeks opportunities to acquire tools and resources that are transferable to the work she does on a daily basis.

She has a son with Down Syndrome, and through her personal experiences, is able to see past many of the barriers that families and staff face on a daily basis. She is an active volunteer in her community with Special Olympics, the United Way, a local soup kitchen and numerous other events and activities.

2014-2015 – Linda Long – Quad County Support Services



Sherry Baum

Sherry Baum

2013-2014 – Sherry Baum, Community Living Dryden-Sioux Lookout

Sherry Baum is a highly motivated learner with the capacity to leverage her learning to the benefit of others. She has the ability to take information and skills and communicate them to others at her agency, and the sector in a way that benefits her region.

As a seasoned networker with 19 years of experience in the sector, she utilizes her abilities to find ways of alleviating pressures on her agency and the sector by increasing agency and community capacity.  In 2008, she helped carry her agency through an amalgamation during very challenging times, and has continued to be a stabilizing influence through another recent agency change.

Sherry is currently the Executive Director Designate at her agency, which is at the point of change in the Executive Director Leadership. She is an important part of the Senior Leadership Team and a mentor to her peers, middle management and staff.  She is well aware that internal agency and wider systemic and cross-sector collaboration is required to meet the increasing challenges of our sector, and has a proven track record of being able to bring service providers together.