2017 CNIB National Youth Council Leadership Award Presented to Charlene Young


On behalf of the CNIB National Youth Council, we are pleased to recognize Charlene Young of Saskatoon as the recipient of the first youth leadership award.

Ms. Young has been a CNIB volunteer for the past thirteen years. She has taken on many initiatives including:

  • Spokesperson for CNIB EmployAbility campaign
  • Dinner coach for seven Dining in the Dark fund raising/awareness events
  • Participant in the CNIB Champions program
  • Member of the Barrier-Free Saskatchewan steering committee

"Charlene has injected a new dimension of understanding and accommodation for blind and partially-sighted persons in our workplace, and we are much better for it." says her supervisor from the Saskatoon Police service.

Her commitment to breaking down attitudinal barriers and stigmas commonly held of persons who are blind speaks to her passion and dedication to bringing about positive change for persons living with sight loss.

We congratulate Ms. Young and the other applicants for the difference they are making in their community.

About the CNIB National Youth Council Leadership award

This award was introduced to recognize the contributions of youth between 15 and 30, living with sight loss who are making a positive contribution to their community. The recipient was selected from candidates across Canada all of whom are striving, in their own way, to "change what it is to be blind".

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