The Jo Warner Award is a lifetime award focused on honoring an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the form systems profession.
Call for Nominations
Each year, BFMA International is proud to accept nominations for one of the Association’s most prestigious individual awards, the Jo Warner Award. All members are encouraged to reflect on the service and accomplishments of their peers and submit nominations and supporting documentation to the association.
The award is based on the specific criteria listed below. Nominees do not necessarily have to meet all of the criteria listed. Stress should be placed on those areas that you believe merit your nominee's consideration for the award. The current association president and president emeritus are not eligible for these awards.
Candidates are individuals who:
- Made a significant contribution to the profession (as defined by BFMA’s Strategic Planning Committee and sanctioned by its board of directors).
- Provided recognized influence through individual actions that positively altered the direction and welfare of the association.
- Participated actively in the education of members of the industry and promotion of our association’s objectives (e.g., through counseling, teaching, publishing articles and books, and/or other positive actions).
- Contributed to the growth of the association by actively promoting the establishment of new chapters and/or maintenance of existing chapters.
- Demonstrated leadership in the profession through their willingness to accept and serve in elected and appointed positions in BFMA and other professional associations.
- Candidates need not be members of BFMA to qualify for this award.
To Submit a Nomination
Please submit a Jo Warner Award Nomination Form and supporting documentation to the President Emeritus, Chair of the Past President’s Council at:
1147 Fleetwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53716
Do not send to BFMA International Headquarters.
All nominations must be received by the President Emeritus by March 1st.
Recognizing Recipients of the Jo Warner Award
The Past Presidents Council has the responsibility and final authority to make the selections. The rules do not require that a recipient be named every year. Winners will be kept confidential and announced at the Awards Banquet during Symposium.
2010 Award Recipients
This year, we have a unique situation. We have not one, but three, joint winners.
The Committee of the Canadian National Standard on Forms Management (CANCGSB-6.2-2009) has recently published the approved national standard for forms management for Canada. This standard represents a significant milestone in our profession and should prove to be the single most important accomplishment for the forms management profession over the past decade. It provides structure and definition to our profession and can be applied not only in Canada. In fact, the standard can be applicable to other countries, including the US.
Three people were instrumental in getting this standard together and guiding the development process. These three people have been named as co-recipients of the Jo Warner Award. Each will receive the full award this year.
The three new Jo Warner Award recipients are:
Ron Moorhead worked for the CGSB for many years and has been in the forms profession for most of his career. He recently retired. Ron originally came up with the concept of a forms management standard and worked to get the CGSB involved. He compiled a list of forms people and sent a questionnaire to get it started. He planned and organized the organizational meetings and guided the process through the years until his retirement. He remains involved today.
Betty (Bet) Morash, Toronto, ON, has been a BFMA member for many years. She was the original chairperson of the Committee of the Canadian National Standard on Forms Management (CANCGSB-6.2-2009) and has been very active for more than 8 years in getting this standard developed, approved and published. She continues as chairperson today, where she spends countless hours in advancing the standard.
Bet has taught at BFMA Canadian Forms Institutes on this new standard. Bet serves the City of London, ON as a Business Systems Analyst. She has worked in the forms management profession for more than 35 years.
Julie Stephens was the original Co-Chair of the committee and still serves in that capacity. She works closely with Bet on all committee activities and was also instrumental in guiding the standard development process to adoption. Julie is Forms Manager for the City of Mississauga, ON and has been an active BFMA member for a long time.