Two Haligonians honoured as exceptional volunteers at CNIB’s annual meeting


CNIB is honouring two outstanding volunteers at its annual community meeting today for their passion, dedication and support for individuals who are blind or partially sighted in Nova Scotia.

“CNIB has a wealth of incredible volunteers, so each year it is a task to determine the recipients of these two prestigious awards. However, this year Peter Parson and Ann Lin were two volunteers who stood out for their commitment to improve the lives of people with vision loss. More than that, they are a part of our community and we are so incredibly grateful,” said Jeff deViller, CNIB’s Volunteer Coordinator for Nova Scotia.

In 2011, CNIB established the Holly Award as a tribute to the memory of Holly Bartlett, an exceptional young woman who touched the lives of many staff, clients and volunteers at CNIB. From horseback riding and swing dancing to rock climbing and skydiving, Holly didn’t let her vision loss hold her back from embracing life. This award – presented to exceptional volunteers in Atlantic Canada – captures the spirit of Holly and recognizes the commitment and generosity of a CNIB volunteer with vision loss that has inspired people in our community.

This year’s Holly Award recipient, Peter Parsons, has been involved with Blind Sports Nova Scotia for more than 10 years, and for the past three years has been involved in developing and enhancing the youth goalball program in Nova Scotia. Despite having vision loss, Peter has never allowed anything to get in the way of dedicating his time to others.

“Peter throws himself into everything he does with a positive attitude and unhindered determination. By providing the youth with encouragement and support, Peter has created a fun and safe environment to participate on a team sport – a real role model to people with vision loss,” said Mr. deViller

CNIB’s Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes exceptional service; defined as consistent, selfless giving of time and effort to Nova Scotian's who are blind or partially sighted fully participate in life.

“We are pleased to present Ann Lin with this year’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Ann has taken on numerous positions at CNIB from assisting clients one-on-one through our Vision Mate program to entertaining at our Annual Community Meeting with her ukulele. Awarding her in this way was a no brainer,” said Mr. deViller.

About CNIB

Established in 1918, CNIB provided food, clothing, residences and library services to blinded veterans and other Canadians living with vision loss. Our organization has evolved over the last 97 years; in addition to charitable programs – such as education, advocacy, research and client support – CNIB has become the primary provider of vision rehabilitation in Nova Scotia.

CNIB’s vision rehabilitation programs and services reduce the personal, social and economic costs of vision loss, while improving the overall health and wellbeing of individuals who are blind or partially sighted. CNIB helps individuals to see beyond vision loss and lead full, active lives. Whether that means learning to cook again after a loss of sight, going back to school, maintaining employment, travelling safely and independently with a white cane or getting support to adjust to the emotional and social impact of vision loss.

Over the last year, Nova Scotians have volunteered 9,966 hours for CNIB.


Media contact:

Hannah Ghosn
Communications Coordinator, CNIB
(902) 453-1480 ext. 5721

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