Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award
Jack B. Hefner served the state of North Carolina as a member of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) from 1982 until his death in 1994. As a father to a son with intellectual disabilities, "Big Jack" was willing to do whatever it took to enhance the quality of life for North Carolinians affected by disability. Jack B. Hefner's leadership inspired a generation of advocates and people with disabilities to work forcefully.
On October 27, 1994, the NCCDD established the Jack B. Hefner Award to celebrate the vision and achievement of North Carolina's families and people with developmental disabilities. The Council presents the award annually.
2012 Award Winner – Kenji Kellen
2011 Award Winner – Connie Hawkins
2010 Award Winner – Charles Hines
2008 Award Winner – Ellen Perry
2007 Award Winner – Project Stir
2006 Award Winner – David Taylor Jr.
2005 Award Winner – Betsy MacMichael
Nominations for the 2014 Hefner Award are being accepted now through September 26.
Helen C. "Holly" Riddle Distinguished Service Award
Helen C. "Holly" Riddle served as the Executive Director for the NCCDD for 23 years. Through her professionalism, innovation, and tireless dedication to looking beyond the barriers and focusing on creative solutions, Holly has led the journey to make North Carolina a state where inclusion and full participation are possible for all citizens. This award is the highest recognition given by the NCCDD to those professionals who have made lasting contributions towards improving opportunities, breaking down barriers, and promoting increased quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In 2013, the NCCDD established the Helen C. "Holly" Riddle Award to celebrate the work of professionals with North Carolina's families and people with developmental disabilities. The Council presents the award annually.
2013 Award Winner – J. Iverson Riddle
Nominations for the 2014 Helen C. (Holly) Riddle Award are being accepted now through September 26.