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2009 AEBC Award Recipient: Janet Hunt

Janet joined AEBC in October, 2006 when our Winnipeg Chapter was formed, and has been a leader in this Chapter ever since. Currently, she serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Chapter.

Some of her activities have included:

Calling Out Bus Stops: She was involved in the 2008 campaign to enforce transit drivers to announce bus stops - She wrote letters to the editor of a newspaper, and is also quoted in several other newspaper articles. Additionally, she was interviewed by the local evening TV news, and was also featured on CBC's Sunday national TV program (audio used on radio as well).

Hybrid cars: She wrote letters to Ministers and to the Manitoba Public Insurance, was interviewed about this issue on local radio, and on the AEBC radio show "Eye on the North". She attended a meeting with The MPI Road Safety department regarding an awareness campaign for drivers. She arranged a meeting with Ken Thomas from Minister of Science Technology Energy and Mines regarding an awareness campaign and the need for provincial involvement in regulating hybrid and electric vehicles to make a "recognizable" sound.

Employment: she participated in recent provincial government "Marketabilities" print ad and a radio campaign to encourage employers to hire disabled persons (to coincide with International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the commitment to encourage federal ratification of UN Convention)

Municipal Committee:  Recently appointed to City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee; The mandate is to advise the Mayor and Council on the present and future status of the City of Winnipeg's information, properties, and services for persons with disabilities.

Service Animals. Participated in initial consultation regarding proposed protection law for service animals in Manitoba initiated by Disabilities Issues Office

Provincial ID Cards. She is the contact person with MPI to monitor progress of Enhanced Identification Card - passport alternative for land border crossings between Canada and the US

Fund Raising. Participated on committee organizing Braille 200 Day concert fundraiser to fund a representative to the 2009 AEBC Conference

Janet is also active in other worthwhile community organizations in Winnipeg. She volunteers with Transplant Manitoba where she conducts presentations to promote education and awareness regarding organ donations, and also conducts presentations to elementary school classes in order to educate them on persons who are blind and vision impaired. She volunteers on the fundraising committee for Urban Youth Adventures, a charitable organization helping children living in poverty in Winnipeg's north.

Clearly, Janet has made countless contributions to many important issues in the blindness community, and for that we are very thankful.