CNIB recognizes two volunteers for their outstanding achievements in helping New Brunswickers with vision loss

9/28/2015

​(Sept. 24, 2015 – FREDERICTON, N.B.) Brenda Jardine is being presented with CNIB’s Holly Award and David Shipley will be granted the Outstanding Volunteer Award at CNIB’s annual community meeting in Fredericton today. 

CNIB is honouring Brenda and David – both of Fredericton – for their outstanding achievements in helping New Brunswickers who are blind or partially sighted.

“Both recipients are extraordinary volunteers who have played a significant role in the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted across the province,” says Kristy Tapper, CNIB’s Volunteer Services Coordinator for New Brunswick.

In 2011, CNIB established the Holly Award as a tribute to Holly Bartlett – an outstanding 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.

Brenda Jardine, a peer-leader for CNIB’s Adjustment to Vision Loss support group, has made a significant contribution to individuals who are adjusting to the social and emotional experience of vision loss.

“Brenda helps CNIB clients to open up and share more about their own experiences and challenges as they adjust to life with vision loss,” says Tapper. “Brenda’s kind and caring approach allows her to build a natural trust with others in the group.”

Recipients of the Outstanding Volunteer Award are dedicated volunteers that go above and beyond to aid CNIB in their communities. David Shipley, this year’s recipient, has played a significant role as a volunteer.

Fredericton’s Dining in the Dark was in its infancy when David became involved, and his drive has helped sustain and grow the event over the last two years.

One of David’s characteristics that really stands out is his capability to connect so well with others. “He has an amazing ability to build and nurture relationships,” says Tapper. “He believes in the event and believes in the importance of raising awareness for our programs and clients.”

This has helped events such as Dining in the Dark to gain sponsors, keep volunteers and reach out to more people.

When a person commits to volunteering, their greatest asset is their outlook. Both Brenda and David have shown a desire to make an impact on CNIB’s programs and have left their mark. CNIB’s many dedicated volunteers are the keys to its success and help the organization impact the lives of all those affected by vision loss.

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