TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - For almost 70 years the Canadian Council
of the Blind (CCB) has worked to improve the quality of life for
Canadians living with vision loss. It represents the largest group of
people who are blind or with low vision in the country.
"And it is from this perspective that we recognize and honour AMI's
barrier-breaking work over the past 20-plus years to promote greater
inclusion and enhance the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially
sighted through making all media accessible," says Louise Gillis,
"The CCB's President's Award is to be given annually to an individual or
entity who in their work or service have made a real difference to our
community," adds Gillis. "And I can think of no more appropriate or
prestigious entity on which to bestow this first Award than AMI. We
need more organizations like them."
The CCB presented the President's Award on Friday, February 10 at the
Ottawa Curling Club, just one event among the many events during CCB's
annual White Cane Week (February 5 to 11), the organization's
awareness-raising program and salute to one of the world's most
stirring symbols of greater accessibility.
"We are so delighted and honoured to be the first recipient of CCB's
President's Award," says David Errington, President and CEO of
Accessible Media Inc.-AMI. "It's a great tribute to the vision of our
founders, the hard work of our staff, Volunteers and Board of
Directors, and the support of government, the CRTC, our broadcast and
publishing partners and, of course, the people we serve: AMI's loyal
AMI is a long-time supporter of CCB and White Cane Week and, explains
Errington, "it's a key aspect of our mandate: that for all impacted and
concerned Canadians, AMI can be a new model media organization that
collaborates with all individuals and organizations who share a
determination to increase accessibility to all media."
"It's terrific to have AMI as such a strong supporter and its special
programming is most compelling," concludes Gillis. "We thank AMI for
playing such a vital role in helping us to show all Canadians the great
strides made by people who are blind and low vision - and the
challenges we still face. I'll be tuning in for sure."
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About Accessible Media Inc.
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) is a not-for-profit multimedia organization
operating two broadcast services, AMI-tv (formerly The Accessible
Channel-TACtv) and VoicePrint (soon to be known as AMI-audio), and a
companion website, www.ami.ca. AMI serves more than five million Canadians who are blind or with low
vision, deaf or hard of hearing, learning disabled, mobility or print
restricted, or learning English as a second language by making print,
broadcast and online media accessible.
About the Canadian Council of the Blind
The CCB's primary mandate is to improve the quality of life for
Canadians living with vision loss. This requires it to focus on
activities that express the concerns and interests not just of its
membership but of also its stakeholders - the blind and visually
impaired. The CCB's mission is to work together as a community of peers
that acts to improve the individual and community quality of life of
the blind and vision impaired.
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