Reward Excellence with a 2021 PCB Award

By Awards Team


Once again, PCB seeks to reward excellence at its upcoming Conference and Convention (September 16-19) with four prestigious awards: John A. Horst Champion of Independence, TheReImage Leadership Award, Anthony B. Swartz PCB Peer Excellence Award, and PCB Community Impact Award.


Any individual, regardless of PCB membership, can make nominations for these awards. Nominations are due by August 1, 2021. But don’t delay! Email nominations to Will Grignon, at Sorry, current members of the PCB Board are not eligible for these awards.


Include the following information about you and your nominee: name, mailing address, phone, and email address.


In your nomination, indicate the Award for which the individual is being nominated and provide a fulsome explanation of why the nominee is deserving of the award


Here are the four PCB Awards:


John A. Horst Champion of Independence

The award will be given to an individual who has:

  • 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
  • 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, and
  • 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.


Anthony B. Swartz 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.
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