Erik Nordlof of Arlington, Virginia has been selected as the recipient of the Hamilton Relay 2021 Deaf Community Leader Award for the State of Virginia. His peers say that Erik demonstrates the importance of being a consistent and active leader in the community.
Erik has a strong sense of volunteerism. He is an active board member with the Northern Virginia Resource Center (NVRC) and has hosted weekly NVRC ASL socials during the pandemic on Zoom.
He is also the co-founder of DC Deaf Movie Goers and Allies. He is a strong advocate for open captions in movie theaters across the Northern Virginia and DC areas.
Erik serves as a Deaf mentor to Deaf students at Canterbury Woods Elementary School located in Annandale, Virginia. He also coordinates ASL Dialogues and opportunities to share ASL with the education community. Along with providing ASL educational resources to individuals, he also attended the Hearing Access and Inclusion Conference as a speaker.
According to his peers, Erik is dependable, flexible and creative. He continues to be committed to leadership, volunteerism, advocacy and enhancing the lives of others in the Deaf Community.