5th Bi-Annual DEAI Outstanding Achievers Awards 7th November 2019

The DEAI recently held its 5th Bi-Annual DEAI Outstanding Achievers Awards, which hold great significance for Developmental Educators. The Awards aim to recognise the skills, expertise and contributions of Developmental Educators to people with disability and their families, as well as to celebrate achievements in the field of disability.

19 Nominations were received and the achievements of all Nominees were acknowledged and celebrated on the night, together with family, friends and colleagues. All Nominees are congratulated on their outstanding work and contributions.

Please download the DEAI Awards Program 2019 here to see the list of all Nominees.

However there could only be one recipient in each Award Category. The DEAI wishes to sincerely congratulate the Recipients in each of the Award Categories:

Dot Mills Developmental Educator of the Year Award 

Emily Anderson, disAbility Living


Emily Anderson (R)


Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education Student of the Year Award 

Adele Demasi, Flinders University

Adele Demasi (R)

Community Achievement Award

Stephen Jackson, disAbility Living

Stephen Jackon

Support Worker of the Year Award (frontline services) 

Adam Brittian, disAbility Living

Adam Brittain (R)

Innovative Service Development Award (Best Program Development by a Developmental Educator) 

Cheryl Jercic, Concordia

Cheryl Jercic’s son Jack

Innovative Service Development Award (Best Individual Outcome by a Developmental Educator) 

Zoe Messenger, disAbility Living

Zoe Messenger (L)



The DEAI gratefully acknowledges the support from its Award Sponsors.