The Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award


In 1976, CNIB established the Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award as a tribute to Arthur Magill, who dedicated his long and distinguished career to improving the lives of Canadians who are deafblind or living with vision loss.

The Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award

  • The award was established by resolution of the Board in 1976, and was named as a tribute to Arthur Napier Magill upon his retirement as an employee of CNIB
  • The award recognizes a CNIB volunteer for his/her contribution towards CNIB’s fulfillment of its mission to enhance the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted
  • The award represents the organization’s highest public recognition for volunteer services and is given to an individual who is deemed to have made a contribution significantly above and beyond that which is normally seen
  • The award consists of:
    • An appropriate memento for display purposes
    • A framed citation in a format accessible to the recipient
  • Presentation of the award will occur during the month nationally designated for the recognition of volunteering across Canada
  • Presentation of the award will be given in the recipient’s home community 
  • The award is restricted to one recipient annually
  • The award is not given posthumously


Any and all current and former CNIB volunteers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

Nominations and Selection Process 

  • The Committee will accept and review nominations using the designated form (see below) from individuals, either staff or volunteers
  • Any individual who is formally recognized through the receipt of a volunteer award at the local or divisional level, will be automatically considered as a nominee in that year
  • If, in a given year, the Committee concludes that there are no nominees who attain the standard required, the award will not be given
  • Current year nominees who are not successful will be considered one further time in the following year


Nomination must be received by April 30, 2016.

Application Process:

To submit a nomination, please contact:

Jaclyn Lavigne
Manager, Board Relations
T: 416-486-2500 X 8708
C: 647-244-8613

For more information:

​​​​​​​Arthur Napier Magill Award - Application Form​

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