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2010 AEBC Award Recipient: Richard Quan

Richard joined the Toronto Chapter in 2005 and his dog guide, Napoleon, in 2006. Richard has been President of the Toronto Chapter for over a year.  Since Richard became resident, he has introduced new initiatives and continues to encourage all members to become involved in the work of AEBC.  

This chapter is growing in numbers as new members continue to join to participate in chapter activities.

In 2009, under his leadership, the chapter prepared letters regarding the changes taking place at the Lake Joseph Resort.  The Toronto Chapter hosted the special meeting in September 2009 and Richard assisted with the local arrangements for this meeting.  Also, Richard and their fundraising committee, organized a very successful evening of music and silent auction.

We are fortunate to have Richard as President in our largest city in the Country, as he is always willing to step up to the plate to do work.  He is very supportive to his executive and is willing to assist individuals whenever needed.

He sat on the national board for two years as Second Vice-President, chaired the Education/Employment Committee, chaired the Assistive Devices program, and participated on the working group for the AEBC radio show, Eye of the North.  He has been involved with the Scholarship Committee for four years and has been chairperson for the last two.

Richard is a non-practicing lawyer having been called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.

Currently, he is a Mediator with the Ontario government.  Some of his volunteer work has included chairing the Board of BALANCE, an agency that teaches independent living skills in Toronto as well as serving on the Board of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.

All these experiences have provided him with valuable tools and we are fortunate that Richard is a leader in our organization.

He is a very valuable member of our organization and we would like to recognize him for all his efforts and many contributions to AEBC.