Person In Charge Of Unlocking Potential
Michael Gessford will be remembered for his playful spirit, his dedication to the field of experiential education and his kindness and generosity. Mike possessed a unique way of empowering others to achieve their best. In a world of people so quick to offer answers; Mike asked questions. His confidence in others abilities and his endless pursuit of knowledge urged those around him to dig deeper within themselves. Mike was a perceptive educator who gave the world his all and asked for nothing in return. PICOUP is a phrase Mike himself came up with to describe his "job title": Person In Charge Of Unlocking Potential.
This award is dedicated to the memory of Mike Gessford (1962-2011), the original PICOUP. Mike would have liked to remind everyone, "follow your bliss"
The PICOUP Award will be given each year to someone in the Northeast AEE community who selflessly gives of themselves for the betterment of others. This award is to honor an individual who has the ability to empower others to achieve their best regardless of personal gain.
Nominations for the PICOUP award are invited from AEE NE regional members by the membership services coordinator no later than February 1st, as which point the NE council will vote upon the nominations.
A large plaque will be made that will be displayed during the NE Regional Conference.
- This plaque will have PICOUP Person In Charge Of Unlocking Potential on the front and the description above affixed to the back.
- The plaque will have space for many small placards to be added each year with the new honorees name.
The honoree each year will be given a small plaque with the italic description above.
The award will be given each year on Friday before the Keynote address and the large plaque will hang in a common space throughout the conference.
This year's honoree is TBA
Individuals so honored in the past have been:
2012 - Beth Sayers
2011 - Mike Gessford