are the heart of CNIB’s
vision and in recognition National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015) CNIB
would like to thank all of its tireless volunteers for their passion,
dedication and commitment to improving the lives of Canadians who are blind and
partially sighted in their communities. This week, we’ll be featuring
blogs from our awesome volunteers and the people they serve every day!
Allan Howald receives Catherine Irwin Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award
In 2007, CNIB London conceived the Catherine Irwin
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award. This award is presented to an
outstanding volunteer who demonstrates a willingness to learn and embodies
CNIB’s values - passion, empowerment, professionalism, innovation, respect and
dedication. CNIB is pleased to announce Allan Howald as the 2015 recipient.
three decades teaching English and Business Studies, Howald was motivated by a
desire “to do something worthwhile in retirement,” becoming a volunteer in
2003. When he reflects on his at time at CNIB,
the comradery that exists between staff and volunteers is top of mind.
gives me a sense of satisfaction,” says Howald. “I feel good about myself when
I go home at the end of the day.”
a multifaceted volunteer, Howald contributes to the organization in a variety
of roles to support people with vision loss in his community. Recently, he
served on the regional leadership council for CNIB Ontario-West. He has also
supported client service as a driver guide, client surveyor and ambassador
assistant. Currently, he volunteers for Shop CNIB.
a lifelong educator who is dedicated to making a positive difference, Howald
helps CNIB provide life-changing support to people who are blind or partially
sighted, right in his own backyard.
he’s not working with individuals with vision loss, Howald is volunteering at
events, including CNIB Night Steps, an annual
pledged-based fundraising event held in communities across Canada. In addition
to his passion for volunteering, Howald enjoys travelling, gardening, going to
the cottage and spending time with his family.
Lisa Mason, Coordinator, Volunteer Services