Margaret Thomson Receives Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award

10/15/2014

ST. JOHN’S – October 15, 2014 - CNIB presented Margaret Thomson with the Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishment in service to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, at the organization’s Annual General Meeting held today at the CNIB Centre in St John’s.

Thomson has been a volunteer with CNIB for more than thirty years at both the national and local level. As a member of both the national and local Client Services Committee, she has long championed the cause of changing the way the world viewed the abilities of a blind or partially sighted individual.

In her time as board chair Margaret spent countless hours meeting with government, health care providers and the business community to rally support for CNIB’s mission; to passionately provide the confidence, skills and opportunities for blind or partially sighted Canadians. 

“Margaret has been a pioneer for change in the lives of Canadians who are blind, or partially sighted,” says Deborah Wearn, Provincial Director, CNIB, Newfoundland and Labrador. “Her hard work and leadership in important advocacy initiatives has left a lasting impression on the CNIB community, and led to remarkable strides in making Canada accessible for all.”

As a senior volunteer Margaret continues her work as a board member of the Guide Dog Users of Canada and the Wellness Trust for Guide Dogs Committee. She is a mentor to individuals adjusting to vision loss, and a consultant to CNIB when the need arises.

In 2012, Margaret was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Award for her 30 years of volunteer service to CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador.

About the Arthur Napier Magill Award

In 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 a CNIB volunteer for his/her contribution towards CNIB’s fulfillment of its mission to enhance the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted. For more information, visit cnib.ca/napier.

About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642

For more information, please contact:

Debbie Ryan
Vision Health Promotion & Communications,
CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador
(709) 754-1180 ext. 5811
Debbie.Ryan@cnib.ca  

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