Two exceptional volunteers honoured at CNIB’s annual meeting


​(Oct. 13, 2016 – MONCTON, N.B.)  Randy Frizzell is being presented with CNIB’s Holly Award and Ethel Allain will be granted the Outstanding Volunteer Award at CNIB’s annual community meeting in Moncton today. These two exceptional volunteers are being honoured for their passion, dedication and support for individuals who are blind or partially sighted in New Brunswick.

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

"Randy Frizzell has been a volunteer with CNIB for as long as anyone can remember –  and he has contributed countless hours of service," said Christine Kennedy-Babineau, CNIB’s Volunteer Services Coordinator for New Brunswick. He has not only made a difference with the time and skills he offers, but with his positive approach to life."

Blind since he was one-year-old, Randy developed skills in cane travel, braille reading and writing at a young age. He does not place limitations on his abilities – if he wants to do something, he does it.

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

Not long after retiring from the federal government, Ethel was eager to give back to the community, and her compassionate and giving nature made CNIB a natural choice. She has been volunteering with CNIB since 2008 in a variety of roles, and most recently has become a Vision Mate.

“Ethel does not seek recognition or glory; she quietly goes about her work in the community helping her Vision Mate clients and supporting our organization. It is these silent heroes who truly deserve recognition because we couldn’t do all that we do without people like Ethel and Randy,” said Ms. Kennedy-Babineau.

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 New Brunswick.

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, 186 volunteers contributed more than 3,411 hours of service in New Brunswick.


Media contacts:

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

Christine Kennedy-Babineau,
Volunteer Services Coordinator, CNIB
(506) 857-4240 ext. 5619

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