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2006 AEBC Award Recipient: Mike Hambly

In the spring of 2005, Mike worked very hard to establish the Calgary Chapter of AEBC.

He believes firmly in working cooperatively with other blindness related organizations and groups.

Mike is very active in the community, and sits on a diverse range of committees and boards, including the Premier's Counsel on the Status of Person's With Disabilities, the Advisory Committee on Accessibility with the City of Calgary Committee.

In 1994, Mr. Hambly was in a serious car accident that left him totally blind and a paraplegic. After several years of rehabilitation, he rebuilt his life.

After gaining computer skills, he enrolled in the Social Work Diploma Program at Mount Royal College, and completed this program in 2001. Since then, he has been involved in numerous organizations, and now serves as the Client Solutions Coordinator with the Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA).

Mike has a wife, Denise, two children, and his second dog which is both a guide dog and a service dog, Finn.  Somehow, Mike finds the time to operate his own small business, "Braille it", which brailles individual business cards and documents, Jaws instruction, web site testing for accessibility, and sales of adaptive equipment.

Mike has also took up private lessons to learn the 5 string banjo and uses an old style called Clawhammer.

Mike has dedicated the past 10 years to assisting others to overcome barriers, and to participate more fully in community life. He is an excellent role model to others.

He considers himself extremely fortunate to have such wonderful support and takes great pride in trying to help other people with disabilities.  He assists clients with their road to employment and works with individuals on a peer support model. We would like to thank and honour him for his contributions.