Every year, CNIB recognizes dedicated Lions who raise the most funds for CNIB programs and services. CNIB was excited to present the 2020/21 District of the Year award to District Governor Fred Arbour, District A2 (southern Ontario).
Because of pandemic health and safety protocols, the award was presented virtually. Much to Fred’s surprise, his wife Eleanor was enlisted by Bill MacKenzie, Chair, Sight Conservation and MDA Lions/CNIB Committee, to hide the award at home and reveal it at just the right time.
“I was totally surprised when I got the award. It never even crossed my mind,” says Fred. “I’m very thankful. I’ve been a Lion for over 50 years, and CNIB Lake Joe is one of the areas that I’ve most enjoyed in all my years of being in Lions.”
Fred says that the love of CNIB Lake Joe runs in the family.
“The first trip I ever took to CNIB Lake Joe was in the early 1970s,” he recalls. “My family owned a meat store, and we organized Lions to bring beef patties, buns, and all the trimmings to campers at CNIB Lake Joe. We filled a large station wagon and a pick-up truck with all the fixings for a fun summer BBQ. After all these years, it’s wonderful that CNIB Lake Joe’s still going strong.”
Congratulations to Lion Fred and all the hard-working members of District A2 who serve as Knights of the Blind to raise funds for CNIB in support of people who are blind or partially sighted.