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Scholarship Winners for 2010

Editor's Note: Besides being on AEBC’s committees for Scholarship and the Canadian Blind Monitor, Valentina Gal is Secretary for the Toronto Chapter.

This year, the AEBC Rick Oakes Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.00 is being presented to Mr. Tommy Leung of Richmond, B.C. He completed his B.A. in Psychology in June 2010 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and will be entering the Masters Program at Trinity Western University in January. His goal is to become a Disability/Crisis Counsellor.

The onset of Glaucoma and its consequences disrupted Tommy’s studies but did not discourage them. He met his mobility challenges by learning to travel with a guide dog and now volunteers with several Christian Ministries in his community. He also volunteers on crisis lines where he can share how he overcame his challenges and grief. His experiences have motivated him to help others by supporting and encouraging them.

Mr. Daniel Huang of Victoria, B.C. wins the Alan H. Neville Memorial Scholarship for $1,000.00. He is attending the University of Northern British Columbia where he intends to complete his Master of Arts in Disability Management in May. His goal is to develop a career in the field of Human Rights and the Duty to Accommodate.

Mr. Huang’s vision loss is a result of a motor vehicle accident. In overcoming his loss, Daniel not only learned to use adaptive devices such as Zoom Text and JAWS, but also learned braille. He continues his pursuits in sports by relearning to golf and ski with assistance. He is an active member of blind curling and ran the Boston Marathon. Snow boarding is on his list of what he is going to do next. He has worked with the CNIB as a volunteer and is a member of B.C.’s Human Rights Coalition.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners and my humble thanks to the AEBC for allowing me the privilege of sitting on the selection committee for another year. I am encouraged and thrilled with the quality of our applicants and their desire to improve the lives of blind Canadians.