Spirit of RECAMFT Award

The all-new Spirit of RECAMFT Award is intended to highlight or showcase our members who are working in the community to support the mental health profession and the well-being of our community at large. It is for those members who may not necessarily be seen but have contributed to unmet needs and or advancements in the mental health profession.

At the heart of this award is acknowledging someone who embodies all of the aspects of RECAMFT’s mission, values, vision, and commitment to the profession and mental well-being within the community.

Nomination Criteria
Eligible candidates are RECAMFT members who illuminate the spirit of RECAMFT by:


    • Being caring, helpful to others, and proactive in getting things done.
    • Values the community of RECAMFT and the mental well-being of both clients and therapists.
    • Contributes something that makes a difference in the lives of clients and/or therapists.

Examples of contributions:
    • donating their time/pro bono work
    • writing a book/article
    • presenting workshops
    • assisting those in need
    • creating an event
    • reaching out to share important information
    • overcoming a hardship
    • being a mentor or role model
    • or, any other similar contributions

How to Nominate Someone
Nomination applications can be submitted here. Self nominations are welcome! Thank you for your amazing contributions and being a valued member of RECAMFT. We look forward to celebrating our outstanding community members!

Nomination period ends December 31, 2022.
Recipient(s) will be presented the award in mid-2023. Date TBD. 

Inspiration of this Award

Pam and Joe WardThe passings of Joe and Pam Ward left a hole in our RECAMFT community and became the inspiration for the Spirit of RECAMFT Award and our three annual scholarships. As our administrative supports over the years, many times they were the first contact between new members and RECAMFT or if help/information was needed. This behind the scenes support was key to helping our professional community remain in touch throughout wildfires, floods and other times of need (newsletters, questions, CE monthly meeting support, not getting  emails, and a million other little things) in addition to ensuring RECAMFT still ran smoothly. 

Pam Ward was our first administrative genius and known for her kindness. She is still thought of fondly to this day. Her unexpected passing brought her husband Joe (who was already helping out) into the forefront. With his untimely passing last fall, which we are all still feeling, we were lucky to have found the amazing and wonderful Lisa Wenninger, who jumped in like a rockstar to help us and has stayed on indefinitely. 

These three amazing people have inspired us at RECAMFT to create the Spirit of RECAMFT Award in their honors. The creation of this award is inspired by our wonderful admins and board members, who do so much to ensure that our mental health community is connected, sharing, and learning. They reflect our mission statement and social justice pledge and yet often go sight-unseen by many. We recognize that our members, too, are doing amazing work in our local mental  health communities. Examples include things such as writing books, working with traumatized teens, training others, consulting around their special niche, volunteering in the community,e tc. Our goal is to create a way for members to nominate other members of RECAMCT for their contributions to ourfield. Let's shine a light on these unsing heroes through this framework.

When Joe Ward was asked during an article interview with Jean Hayes, "What is important to you in your work with RECAMFT?" His reply was "My mission is to make every situation better for ALL, one individual at a time, and I WILL get it DONE."


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