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Board Members 2001

President: Gord Dingle

Gord Dingle graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a background in Sociology and Communications. Gord's activities and interests are varied. Currently, Gord is President of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). He is also one of Canada's four Delegates to the World Blind Union, and a Member of its North American Caribbean Region. In addition he serves on several local and regional Committees in Sarnia, Ontario.

Gord's career path has included employment with the CNIB, CCB National and self- employment, and even a term as a Town Councilor in the Town of Port Elgin, Ontario. Presently, he is under contract as Coordinator of Activities and Operations of the Sarnia Lambton White Cane Center, a storefront operation serving as an information, resource and referral facility. "The Center exemplifies what consumers can do for themselves in the community."

Contact Gord Dingle at: 1472 Baxter Avenue, Sarnia, ON N7V 3N1 Home phone: (519)- 332-3670 Work phone: (519)-- 337 3606 E-mail:

First Vice-President: Ross Eadie

Ross Eadie is currently running his own business called Info Equity Inc., which produces accessible documents, trains people who are blind to use computers, provides accessibility consultations on the built environment, and provides computer consultations to the general public.

Ross's past work experience has included being a financial manager, caretaker, painter, 7 Eleven clerk, a McDonalds manager at 17 years old, and a building maintenance worker at 14 years old. Since losing his eyesight in 1984, Ross has graduated with honors from college with a Diploma in Business Administration. He worked as the financial manager/computer coordinator for the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) in Winnipeg, where he became involved with the disability rights consumer movement. He has sat on and held officer positions on many committees and organizations since 1990. Acting chairperson and member of the City of Winnipeg's Access Advisory Committee was one of his major commitments in the 1990s.

Ross is a political activist who has run and almost became a City of Winnipeg Councilor and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for the NDP.

Contact Ross Eadie at: 90 Rupertsland Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2V 0E6

Phone: (204)-339-5707


Second Vice-President: Richard Marion

Richard Marion is currently employed in finance and administration in his family's commercial trucking and construction company, R. Marion & Sons Trucking Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In 1993 Richard graduated from Douglas College with a degree in Business Administration. Richard was one of the first participants in the teen computer camp program SCORE. He was appointed to a BC government committee that worked on issues dealing with Building Accessibility for persons with disabilities. Other previous involvements include memberships on the boards of the Canadian Council of the Blind BC/Yukon Division and BC Coalition of People with Disabilities. Richard also held the positions of advisory board member for the Lower Mainland district of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Vice-President External of the Douglas College Students Society, and president of the BC Educational Association of Disabled Students. Most recently, Richard was the President of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality.

Contact Richard Marion at: #304 - 515 Whiting Way, Coquitlam, BC V3J 7W9

Home Phone: (604)-936-4698

Work: (604)-942-8227

Fax: (604)-299 8315


Treasurer: John Rae

John Rae is a Program Officer in the Equal Opportunity and Disability Partnerships unit of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship in Toronto. During Johns 21-year career in the Ontario Public Service, he held the position of Education Officer with the former Employment Equity Commission and was a Consultant with the Center for Disability and Work.

John has been a Board Member of many community and human rights organizations, and has been President of several organizations, including PAL Reading Service, the Canadian Legal Advocacy, Information and Research Association of the Disabled (CLAIR), the Blind Organization of Ontario with Self-Help Tactics, (BOOST) and the Don Vale Community Centre. He also co-chaired the Coalition on Human Rights for the Handicapped, which obtained the first human rights coverage for persons with disabilities in Ontario.

In April 2000, John received the Individual Human Rights Award from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In June 2000, John was elected to the Board of Directors of BALANCE, a life skills program for blind adults in Toronto, which he has supported since its earliest days.

In March, 2001, John was elected to OPSEU's Provincial Human Rights Committee, and he now serves on several other Committees within the Canadian labour movement.

Contact John Rae at: #304 - 192 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2J9

Home Phone:(416)-941-1547

Work phone: (416)-325-6253

Fax: (416)-326-9725


Secretary: Michael Yale

Mike Yale was born in the U.S. but has been a Canadian citizen since 1975. He has worked in the human rights and disability rights movements since attending University in Berkeley, California, in 1961. After coming to Canada in the late 1960's, Mike attended Osgoode Hall Law School, but decided to serve as a community worker in Toronto.

Mike co-founded the Blind Organization of Ontario With Self-Help Tactics (BOOST) in 1975, and served as its first President. Mike has held a number of positions on community boards and committees, and was employed by both the Canadian and Ontario Human Rights Commissions, as an investigator, and worked as an appeals officer with the Ontario Information and Privacy Commission.

Mike continues to push hard for consumer control of agencies and services, and remains committed to the rights of all so-called disadvantaged people.

Contact Michael Yale at: 27 Cann St., Huntsville, ON P1H 1K7

Phone: (705)-789-1546


Director: Irene Lambert

Irene Lambert is a senior, Mother, community activist and advocate for equality. Presently, she is a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of the Blind: Advocates for Equality, President of the Low Vision Self-Help Association and President of the Montreal Association for the Blind's Users' Committee.

She is a competitive blind lawn bowler and past president of the Quebec Blind Lawn Bowling association. Public speaking engagements on Adjustment to Blindness, Equal Access and Equal Rights are frequently a part of her agenda. Among her numerous past involvements are participation in the development of Law IX, in Quebec, (An act to ensure rights for persons with disabilities), and her trip to China to study the education of the blind.

Irene is a graduate of Lindsay Hopkins Technical School, Miami, Florida, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., and has done graduate studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Besides her membership with NFBAE, she also is a member of ACB, RAAMM, and AER.

Contact Irene Lambert at: 330 - 5 Somervale Gardens, Pointe Claire, QU H9R

Phone: (514)-630-6978


Director: Corry Stuive

Corry Stuive is the owner of Majestic Sound, a recording studio in Victoria, BC. Corry's media background includes employment at CFRN and QCTV in Edmonton, and has done a great deal of work with the National Broadcast Reading Service (VoicePrint) as a volunteer and staff member.

Corry is the former National Executive Director of the Canadian Council of the Blind, based in Ottawa. He has been involved with NFB:AE for the past 5 years.

Contact Corry at: #11 - 616 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z2

Phone: (250)--383-6433