This year PCB will bestow its new annual awards as part of its banquet celebration at the 2018 PCB Conference and Convention. The ceremony will take place Saturday evening, October 20 in Pittsburgh. Please take some time to consider and nominate deserving people and businesses for the awards. Criteria for each award follows. Members of PCB’s current Board of Directors are not eligible to be nominated. Any individual, regardless of PCB membership, can make nominations for these awards. Likewise, a person need not be a member to be nominated.
Please email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PCB office at 877-617-7407. Please include the following information about you and your nominee: name, mailing address, phone, and email address. Please indicate which award the nomination is for and share a justification for the award in 100 words or less. All nominations are due by Friday, August 31, 2018.
John A. Horst Champion of Independence
* The award may be given to an individual who has:
A. performed at least 20 years of professional service in fields related to the rehabilitation or the education of people who are blind or visually impaired or
B. Dedicated more than 20 years of service to collective advocacy and public awareness efforts that promote independence and opportunity for people with blindness or vision loss.
* Additionally, the recipient’s service contributions must be well recognized in the community in which they live or throughout the state or nation as significant to the betterment of the lives of those with vision loss.
TheReImage Leadership Award
* The recipient must have overcome both the real and perceived challenges of blindness or vision loss to achieve an active, multi-faceted life;
* Have proven him/herself as a role model and leader within the blindness community through service, perseverance, empowerment, or achievement and;
* Have demonstrated to the world, through his/her independence and action, TheReImage of people with vision loss
PCB Peer Excellence Award
* The recipient must be or have been a member of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind for more than 10 years;
* Have provided a long history of volunteer service to PCB’s events, projects, or chapters and;
* Have demonstrated distinguished service by taking on leadership roles within PCB or regularly going beyond expectations in service to PCB and fellow peers.
PCB Community Impact Award
* The recipient of this award shall have made a significant difference in the lives of people with blindness or vision loss through a product, a service, or an employment practice that leads to greater independence and opportunity; or
* This award may be presented to a corporation, agency, or foundation that has provided significant support to the mission or projects of PCB.