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Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award

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The CNIB Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award is our highest public honour, given to recognize our passionate and dedicated volunteers.

It is given in tribute to Arthur Magill, who dedicated his lengthy career to improving the lives of Canadians with sight loss.

The award is a bronze medallion and a framed citation in a format accessible to the recipient.

Who is eligible?

Current and former CNIB volunteers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada are eligible for this award. It is not given posthumously.

Nominations and selection process

The next nomination period will open in February 2019. Check back here for updates.

Nominations can be made by staff or volunteers. Anyone recognized with a CNIB volunteer award will also be a nominee that year.

If the committee finds no nominees attain the standard required, the award will not be given. Nominees who are not successful will be considered again in the following year. 

Past recipients

  • 2017 – Dorothy Macnaughton, ON
  • 2016 – Patricia Suvak, NL
  • 2015 – Gerry Chevalier, AB
  • 2014 – Margaret Thomson, NL 
  • 2013 – Frances Cutler, ON 
  • 2012 – Steve Arshinoff and the CNIB Eye Van Team, ON
  • 2012 – Lily Walls (Special Lifetime Achievement), BC 
  • 2010 – Eugene Lechelt, BC 
  • 2009 –  Donald Farrell, NB 
  • 2008 – Gary Homer, AB
  • 2007 – Robert (Bob) Tate, NS 
  • 2006 – Glynn Spelliscy, BC 
  • 2005 – W.R. (Bob) Waugh, ON
  • 2004 – Frank Verge, NL 
  • 2003 – Graham Stoodley, ON
  • 2003 – Denis White, ON
  • 2002 –  Jean Paul Losier, NB 
  • 2001 – Ben Hochhausen, AB
  • 2000 – Jean Henri Picard, QC
  • 1999 – Walter & Phyllis Gretzky, ON
  • 1998 – Tim Sheeres, ON
  • 1997 – Donald D. Ross, MB
  • 1996 – Marion Davey, ON
  • 1995 – Owen Dolan, BC/YT
  • 1994 – Harold Hatheway, NB 
  • 1993 – Dayton Forman, National/Library 
  • 1992 – Darleen Bogart, National/Library 
  • 1991 – R.W. Smith, MB
  • 1990 – Boyd McFetridge, AB
  • 1989 – Peggy Thompson, NS 
  • 1988 – Alfred J. Elliot, BC 
  • 1987 – Georgette Cantin, QC
  • 1986 – Joseph Bembridge, SK
  • 1985 – Dudley Mendels, QC
  • 1984 – Mr. & Mrs. Elder, AB
  • 1983 – Jean Parker, ON
  • 1982 – Davis S. Lloyd, ON
  • 1981 – Ralph Misener, ON
  • 1980 – Muriel Howell, NL
  • 1979 – Alex Saunders, ON
  • 1978 – Sadie Bending, ON
  • 1977 – Johnstone A. Weber, AB 
  • 1976 – Marjorie McGuffin Wood, BC