A tribute to a fellow pain warrior who was active within U.S. Pain Foundation, The Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award is an annual recognition presented to a volunteer who has excelled in grassroots awareness and advocacy efforts for the pain community. The award is given to an Ambassador and/or Advocate who inspires others to make a positive difference by aligning with the organization’s mission to educate, connect, empower, and advocate for pain warriors.
How does the nomination process work?
U.S. Pain Foundation welcomes anyone to submit a nomination for an individual they feel deserves to be the recipient of this prestigious honor. The nominee, however, must be a pain ambassador or advocate for U.S. Pain Foundation. The nomination committee is made up of 5 individuals from various departments within the organization, all of whom have direct contact with ambassadors or advocates.
The nomination committee is charged with the following:
To select a U.S. Pain Foundation ambassador or advocate who exemplifies a willingness to give back to the pain community through U.S. Pain Foundation-driven programs, initiatives and campaigns, while carrying out the organization’s mission to educate, connect, inform and empower those within the pain community.
Members of the nomination committee will additionally make its selection based on the nominee’s efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, impact to the pain community and enhancement of the lives of others.
Nominations close on Nov. 30. Self-nominations are not permissible. The nominee will be notified that he/she has been recommended to receive the Ambassador of the Year Award and will then fill out additional information for the nomination committee to review.
Make clear points demonstrating what the Pain Ambassador, Advocate and/or Volunteer has accomplished. Who have they made an impact on, how many people did their volunteer activity affect and how did the nominee achieve this? How did your recommended nominee benefit U.S. Pain Foundation and/or the pain community?
Gain information about the nominee from others.
Ask for details about the Pain Ambassador and/or Advocate from others to strengthen the submission. Invite fellow volunteers to give you feedback and other ideas about the accomplishments of the nominee. Their insights can enhance the content that you submit within the application.
Create a unique picture of your nominee.
As this is a competitive process, your nomination application must stand out among all the others that have been submitted if your candidate is to be considered in the final selection process. Put yourself in the shoes of the nomination committee. The application will be judged by those who are highly active within the pain community and understand the mission of U.S. Pain Foundation. Make sure that your nomination clearly describes the uniqueness of your candidate.
Waiting until the last minute to submit your application runs the risk of missing pertinent information. Start gathering information early so that you can compile all of those important facts within your application.
Keep it brief.
As there is an impressive amount of U.S. Pain Foundation Pain Ambassadors and Advocates, nomination committee members will have several applications to review. Well written, concise nominations are easier to read through. Remember to focus on quality instead of quantity!
About Joselynn Badman
An active and nurturing Pain Ambassador for several years, Joselynn Badman was an inspirational volunteer for others living with chronic pain who sought hope and support. Joselynn was able to provide comfort to those who felt their pain condition was not validated. A pain warrior since 2007, Joselynn learned to live life with pain and not in pain, despite the conditions she fought. While a volunteer for U.S. Pain Foundation, Joselynn was able to raise awareness within her state of Indiana, advocated for patient rights and educated others about issues impacting the chronic pain community.
In 2015, Joselynn courageously lost her pain battle, but her legacy lives on. Her willingness to always support the pain community for the greater good of others continues to shine throughout the efforts of the organization and those volunteers who were fortunate to have known Joselynn. She has inspired other Ambassadors to become more actively involved with U.S. Pain Foundation initiatives and has touched the lives of each and every U.S. Pain team member.
U.S. Pain Foundation is honored to memorialize Joselynn’s dedication to the pain community through this unique and empowering award.