Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award

Overview 

Arthur Magill and Ross Purse 1974In 1976, CNIB established the Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award as a tribute to Arthur Magill, who dedicated his long and distinguished career to improving the lives of Canadians who are deafblind or living with vision loss. The award recognizes an outstanding CNIB volunteer for his or her contribution towards enhancing the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. 

The award represents the organization's highest public recognition for volunteer services and is given to an individual who is deemed to have made a contribution significantly above and beyond that which is normally seen. It consists of an appropriate memento for display purposes, and a framed citation in a format accessible to the recipient. The award is given to only one deserving recipient annually, and is presented to the recipient in his or her home community. 

Eligibility

Any and all current and former CNIB volunteers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are eligible for this award; however, the award is not given posthumously.

Nominations and selection process 

Nominations must be received by April 31 of each year. To nominate, please complete the Arthur Napier Magill Award Application Form​ and submit it to:  

Jaclyn Lavigne

CNIB, Manager of Board Relations

T: 416-486-2500 (8708) 

C: 647-244-8613

Email: jaclyn.lavigne@cnib.ca

The selections committee will accept and review nominations using the designated form from individuals, either staff or volunteers. Any individual who is formally recognized through the receipt of a volunteer award at the local or divisional level, will be automatically considered as a nominee in that year. If, in a given year, the Committee concludes that there are no nominees who attain the standard required, the award will not be given. Current year nominees who are not successful will be considered one further time in the following year. 

Past recipients

  • 2016 - Patricia Suvak
  • 2015 - Gerry Chevalier
  • 2014 - Margaret Thomson 
  • 2013 – Frances Cutler 
  • 2012 – Steve Arshinoff and the CNIB Eye Van Team, Ontario 
  • 2012 – Lily Walls (Special Lifetime Achievement), British Columbia 
  • 2010 – Eugene Lechelt, British Columbia 
  • 2009 –  Donald Farrell, New Brunswick 
  • 2008 – Gary Homer, Alberta 
  • 2007 – Robert (Bob) Tate, Nova Scotia 
  • 2006 – Glynn Spelliscy, British Columbia 
  • 2005 – W.R. (Bob) Waugh, Ontario 
  • 2004 – Frank Verge, Newfoundland and Labrador 
  • 2003 – Graham Stoodley, Ontario 
  • 2003 – Denis White, Ontario 
  • 2002 –  Jean Paul Losier, New Brunswick 
  • 2001 – Ben Hochhausen, Alberta 
  • 2000 – Jean Henri Picard, Quebec 
  • 1999 – Walter & Phyllis Gretzky, Ontario 
  • 1998 – Tim Sheeres, Ontario 
  • 1997 – Donald D. Ross, Manitoba 
  • 1996 – Marion Davey, Ontario 
  • 1995 – Owen Dolan, BC/Yukon 
  • 1994 – Harold Hatheway, New Brunswick 
  • 1993 – Dayton Forman, National/Library 
  • 1992 – Darleen Bogart, National/Library 
  • 1991 – R.W. Smith, Manitoba 
  • 1990 – Boyd McFetridge, Alberta 
  • 1989 – Peggy Thompson, Nova Scotia 
  • 1988 – Alfred J. Elliot, British Columbia 
  • 1987 – Georgette Cantin, Quebec 
  • 1986 – Joseph Bembridge, Saskatchewan 
  • 1985 – Dudley Mendels, Quebec 
  • 1984 – Mr. & Mrs. Elder, Alberta 
  • 1983 – Jean Parker, Ontario 
  • 1982 – Davis S. Lloyd, Ontario 
  • 1981 – Ralph Misener, Ontario 
  • 1980 – Muriel Howell, Newfoundland 
  • 1979 – Alex Saunders, Ontario 
  • 1978 – Sadie Bending, Ontario 
  • 1977 – Johnstone A. Weber, Alberta 
  • 1976 – Marjorie McGuffin Wood, British Columbia