CNIB presents Outstanding Volunteer Award to a 40 year veteran of CNIB


(ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Oct. 9, 2015) Patricia (Trish) Suvak of Conception Bay South, a retired Itinerant Teacher, past Chair of CNIB’s Advisory Board and dedicated Volunteer for 40 years, was honoured yesterday with the CNIB  Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award at its annual community meeting held in St. John’s yesterday.

CNIB recognized Ms. Suvak for her outstanding achievements in helping Newfoundlanders & Labradorians who are blind or partially sighted gain the skills that empower them to live a better quality of life.

“Trish  been an incredible inspiration to many – demonstrating an outstanding commitment to encourage and empower those living with vision loss across our province,” says Lynsey Soper, CNIB’s Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Patricia Suvak, is a past Chair of CNIB’s Newfoundland and Labrador Division Board, she has been active in several committees both locally and nationally for forty years, and has played a significant role as a volunteer. Since 1975, Ms. Suvak has worked alongside CNIB vision rehabilitation specialists in raising the bar in education services offered to blind and partially sighted students across the province. She has taught students with vision loss how to use a computer keyboard to their advantage, providing opportunities for them to access higher levels of education.

“Trish’s respect for diversity and her passion for CNIB is clear in the way she supports people of all ages who are blind or partially sighted,” says Ms. Soper.

Although she is stepping away from her role on the advisory board, when asked what her plans were for the future, she simply said; “At this moment I can't think of what I will do!  I just know that my interest in CNIB will not stop just because I have retired from the board”.

Media contact:

Debbie Ryan
CNIB Communications
P. (709) 754–1180, ext. 5811
C. (709) 685-7263

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