Founder: Dr. Charles Dickson

Dr. Charles Dickson was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1858 and was the oldest of CNIB's founders. A graduate of Queen's University, he had an illustrious medical career as a pioneer in X-ray technology and was head of that department in Toronto General Hospital. He lost his sight in 1908, at age 50, as a result of an early X-ray experiment that went wrong.
 
Dr. Dickson served as the first president of CNIB. He was also awarded the King's Medal and was made a Knight of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem for founding the Canadian branch of the St. John's Ambulance. Dr. Dickson died in 1938 while serving as vice president of CNIB.