CALLING ALL IBE CHAPTERS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA AND WESTERN PACIFIC REGIONS
Is there a young member of your association who has been a shining light for others and who is deserving of recognition?
The Regional Committees in South East Asia and Western Pacific are calling for nominations for the IBE Golden Light Awards, to be presented in Bali in 2018 at the time of the 12th Asian & Oceanian Epilepsy Congress. The awards were first introduced in 2004, with the title ‘Outstanding Person with Epilepsy Award’ and have been presented at each Asian Oceanian Epilepsy Congress since then.
The title of the award was changed to Golden Light Awards in 2016, to recognise the fact that people with epilepsy do not have to be defined by their condition and embracing the call of the International Bureau for Epilepsy ‘bringing epilepsy out of the shadows and into the light’.
All people living with epilepsy, parents, family members or their carers are eligible to be nominated for this award by their national IBE chapter. However, for 2018, it is proposed to focus the awards on young people.
Each chapter member of the South East Asia and Western Pacific Regions is entitled to nominate a recipient for the award. The nominating procedure can be determined by the chapter, which may have a process or activity already in place by which to choose a person to receive the award. If not, it is then suggested that guidelines might include:
- Contribution to community service
- Longstanding support for people living with epilepsy
- Individual achievement (personal, professional, educational, sporting, creative)
- Long standing advocate for epilepsy (community, political, media)
- Distinguished service to a local epilepsy support organization.