The NSCDA Board of Directors and those who support the organization and career development in Nova Scotia believe it’s important to recognize outstanding contributions in the field. These contributions may be in the form of:
- an innovation;
- volunteer service to the NSCDA or other areas of career development within the province;
- the development of new knowledge; or
- developing ways to improve professional practice.
When the Board first discussed offering a lifetime achievement award, a list of eligibility requirements was made that candidates for nomination must have demonstrated over a significant period of time. These included:
- an established history of distinguished service in the field of career development, with the bulk of that service occurring in Nova Scotia;
- having made a lasting contribution to career development practice;
- exhibiting leadership and inspiring others in the field;
- positively influencing career development on a provincial level and possibly on a national and/or international level.
In addition, nominees must have:
- made a positive impact on the career development field at a provincial, and possibly a national or international level;
- at least 20 years of sustained service to career development;
- earned recognition by other industry, training, education, funder or employer groups;
- the respect of professional peers;
- general acknowledgment as having reached a pinnacle of the profession;
- demonstrated, over an extended period, a contribution which has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership and/or service to the career development community in Nova Scotia;
- personal integrity.