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2010 CCD Award Recipient: Irene Lambert

Irene Lambert joined our organization in 2000 and she has remained one of our very dedicated members. We would like to recognize her tremendous contribution to our organization, and particularly, for co-founding the Greater Montreal Chapter and being their dedicated president for six years.

We greatly appreciate her talents and commitment to the AEBC over the years. During her term on the national board, Irene spent many hours and much energy on various issues and committees. She was always up for a challenge and, among other things, took on the difficult task of increasing the membership in the NFB: AE.

Irene has been an advocate for over fifty years. Her most significant advocacy involvement was in the development and passage of the first comprehensive rights law for persons with disabilities in 1978 in the Province of Quebec. In addition to her work with the AEBC, Irene has made many other contributions in the greater advocacy movement. From 1988 to the present, Irene has worked with the Low Vision Self-Help Association as their past President and program director, as well as participating in outreach and library committees. From 1995 to 2006, she served as a member of the Montreal for the Blind Board of Directors, and worked on establishing points of service in the Chomedy and West Island area. Moreover, from 1993 to 2009, she served as President of the User's Committee for the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre. These are but some of the many contributions Irene has made over the years.

Irene was born in Lachine, Quebec. She is now a widow living in Montreal. She has four grown children, three sons living in the United States and her daughter in Montreal.

It is those like Irene that really make a difference in the lives of individuals who are blind. She has spent countless hours educating the public on our abilities as well as encouraging blind people to reach their potential.

We want to recognize the amount of time Irene committed to our cause by presenting her with the 2010 CCD award. We who have been involved in the advocacy movement want to acknowledge her dedication to improving the lives for blind and partially sighted Canadians.

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