CNIB recognizes two volunteers for their outstanding achievements in helping Nova Scotians who are blind or partially sighted


​Louise Gillis of Sydney is being presented with CNIB’s Holly Award and Dianne Cameron of Halifax will be granted CNIB’s Outstanding Volunteer Award at CNIB’s annual community meeting in Halifax today.

CNIB is honouring Louise and Dianne for their outstanding achievements in helping Nova Scotians who are blind or partially sighted.

“Both recipients are dedicated volunteers who have made a huge impact on the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted across the province,” says Jeff deViller, CNIB’s Volunteer Coordinator for Nova Scotia.

In 2011, CNIB established the Holly Award as a tribute to Holly Bartlett – an extraordinary young woman and volunteer from Halifax who didn’t let vision loss hold her back from living life to the fullest. This award is presented to exceptional volunteers in Atlantic Canada who capture the spirit of Holly with their generosity, compassion and commitment in serving those who are blind or partially sighted.

Louise Gillis, the Canadian Council of the Blind’s national President, has positively affected the lives of countless individuals with vision loss, assisting eye care experts as far as China and empowering individuals with vision loss to accomplish their goals.

Recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer Award are dedicated volunteers, significantly involved in CNIB’s services. Dianne Cameron, this year’s recipient, has played a significant role as a volunteer.

She runs the monthly audio book club, helps out with Art in the Dark – an art exhibit centred around touch rather than sight – and is an active Vision Mate, providing one-on-one sighted assistance to two women with vision loss in the Halifax area.

Joan-Ann Barnfield, is just one of the many individuals who has been touched by Dianne’s kind spirit.

“I was very lonesome in the house, but became much better when Dianne visited me,” says Joan-Ann. “She made me feel happier about life and I look forward to every time she comes.”

Dianne assists her Joan-Ann with everything from shopping to selecting clothes to reading. These services make all the difference to clients and Dianne shows great passion and professionalism in her efforts.

“CNIB’s volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization,” says Jeff. “Through their strong leadership, passion and perseverance, both Louise and Dianne have made a compelling difference on the lives of many staff, clients and volunteers at CNIB.”

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