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Professional Service

The MCEC Board of Director’s annually awards the Dr. William Cruickshank Award. This award is our highest professional honor and is nominated and chosen by MCEC’s Board of Directors. 

This award is the highest award given by the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children and was named for a pioneer in special education. The award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities.

2020 Professional Service Award Winner:

Professional Service

Cheryl Borowski, St. Clair County RESA, Retired

Cheryl Borowski has made significant and countless contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities in Michigan. Strong collaborative leadership skills, a worker leader and a consummate volunteer, tireless efforts to support the successes of young people with disabilities; these are all key statements used to describe Cheryl Borowski, the 2020 Dr. William Cruickshank Professional Service Award winner. This award was named for a pioneer in the field of special education in Michigan, and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the education of children with exceptionalities. These qualities epitomize Cheryl’s stellar career in service to children with exceptionalities and their families in Michigan. Recently retiring after 22 years as the St. Clair County RESA Coordinator of Compliance, Planning and Accountability, Cheryl was instrumental in fostering the development of the directors and supervisors in the county.

She is a long standing member of the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education (MAASE) serving in a leadership role on numerous committees and projects including: Monitors Community of Practice, Summer Institute Committee and the Professional Development Committee. Cheryl is the past president of the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children and the current president of the Michigan Foundation for Exceptional Children (MFEC), working tirelessly to organize the awarding of scholarships for young people with disabilities after they leave high school. Beyond all of these stellar achievements, Cheryl is described by all who know her as a valued friend and colleague. Her welcoming nature and professional ethics ensures that everyone she works with feels included and valued. Cheryl participates freely and fluidly in monitoring activities from every region of the state, and has built a statewide reputation as knowledgeable, dedicated and trustworthy. She is described by all as an exemplar of skillful support and advocacy for students with disabilities. Cheryl’s honesty, compassion and dedication reflect in her work as a leader and colleague, and she has made all those she encounters better at their craft. Cheryl’s impact on the field of special education will continue for many years to come.



Last Updated:  21 October, 2020

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