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Welcome Newly Elected Board Members

Editor's Note: Editors Note: At the national meeting of the NFB:AE held in Victoria B.C from February 19--21, 1999 a new Board of Directors was elected. The following is a brief introduction to each.

PRESIDENT: ROBERT FENTON

Robert Fenton is an associate in the Civil Litigation Group at McCarthy Tetrault in Toronto. The emphasis of his law practice is constitutional law, medical malpractice, administrative law, estates litigation and corporate commercial litigation. Robert received his LL.B. in 1992 from Queen's University. and a BA, 1989 Wilfrid Laurier University.

Mr. Fenton is a member of the Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates Society, and the Board of Directors of the Ontario Blind Sports Association. In addition, he holds the positions of vice-president of the Canadian Association of Visually Impaired Lawyers; is secretary on the Board of Directors of the American Blind Lawyer's Association; and is co-chairperson of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee.

Contact Bob Fenton at: 25 The Esplanade, #2816 Toronto, ON M5E 1W5 Home Ph: (416) 601-9291 Work: (416) 601-7702 E-mail: Rfenton@mccarthy.ca

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT: BETTY NOBEL

Mrs. Betty Nobel is an instructor in the Program for Visually Impaired Adults at Vancouver Community College. She has worked as an adult educator since 1975, and with blind adults since 1981.

Mrs. Nobel has a BA degree with a major in French, a diploma in Adult Education, and an MA degree in Higher Education.

Her volunteer activities include serving as the chairperson of the CNIB BC Yukon Division Client Services Committee, and Secretary on the Board of the Canadian Braille Authority. In 1998 she acted as secretary for Advocates for Sight Impaired Consumers, an advocacy coalition in Vancouver. In September 1999, Betty will take up a position as chair of the BC/Yukon Division Board of the CNIB.

Contact Betty Nobel at: 14 - 12212 - 82nd Avenue Surrey, BC V3W 3E3 Home Ph: (604) 597-0775 FAX: (604) 871-7339 E-Mail: bnobel@direct.ca

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 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 disabled persons. Other previous involvements include, membership 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 Ph: (604) 936-4698 Work: (604) 299-8258 FAX: (604) 299 8315 E-mail: rmarion@istar.ca

TREASURER: JOHN RAE

John Rae is a Program Officer in the Equal Opportunity and Disability Partnerships Unit of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation in Toronto. During John's 18-year career in the Ontario Public Service, he has held the position of Education Officer with the Employment Equity Commission, and was a Consultant with the Centre for Disability and Work.

John 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), the Don Vale Community Centre, and he co-chaired the Coalition on Human Rights for the Handicapped. The latter obtained the first human rights coverage for persons with disabilities in Ontario.

Contact John Rae at: 304 - 192 Jarvis Street Toronto, ON M5B 2J9 Home Ph:(416) 941-1547 Work: (416) 325-6253 FAX: (416) 326-9725 E-mail: john.rae@mczcr.gov.on.ca

GRANT ROBINSON

Grant Robinson is a Marketing Analyst with IBM Canada in Toronto. He has worked for the Training Co-ordinating Group for Persons with Disabilities (TCG), the CNIB, Gretzky SCORE Teen camp and Hardy Stevenson and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in environmental impact assessment and program evaluation.

Grant holds a BAA in Urban and Regional planning with an emphasis in Public Policy, and a BA in Geography. Previously Grant served as Chair of the Client Services Committee of the Toronto district of the CNIB.

Contact Grant Robinson at: 17 Bousted, Toronto, ON M6Q 1Y7 Home Ph: (416) 530-0537 FAX: (905) 316-2981 E-mail: grant.robinson@sympatico.ca

DIRECTOR: ALAN HENRY NEVILLE

Alan Neville was born in 1925 at Westcliff on Sea, Essex, England. While in Britain he obtained Senior Matriculation, and a City and Guilds Telecommunication Certificate. Upon coming to Canada Alan received a BA from Sir George Williams University in 1969. He also participated in post graduate courses on Labour Management and Federal Labour Law at McGill University.

Some of Mr. Neville's professional associations include: membership in The Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) and The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

While in England in 1943, Alan volunteered for flying duties in the Royal Air Force. When he commenced air crew training in 1944, Alan developed severe conjunctivitis resulting in his being taken off air crew training and re-mustered to training as a radar fitter. In 1945 he married Doreen Pimlott. He was demobilized in 1947 after two years of service in Britain and France.

In 1953 the Nevilles emigrated to Canada and Alan began work for Canadian Pacific Telecommunications Dept. Alan's employment history covers the areas of self employment, photography, and many aspects of the telecommunications field.

At age 57, due to blindness, Alan retired. At this time he started a small business: Neville Enterprises, where he worked on a variety of consulting assignments. In 1987 the Nevilles moved to Kelowna, B.C where Alan has been a member of the Steering Committee CNIB Volunteer Group, and the CNIB District Advisory Board. He has also been Chairman of the Lexington Bylaw Review Committee, and was one of the founding members, Director and First Vice President of the NFB:AE.

Contact Alan Neville at: 114 - 650 Lexington Dr.Kelowna, BC V1W 3B6 Home Ph: (250) 764-8005; FAX: (250) 764-8986 E-mail: adneville@home.com