Friday, July 23, 2010
For Immediate Release
Three Award Recipients Recognized for Outstanding Achievements
Toronto, ON (July 23, 2010) - The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is
pleased to congratulate Jon Wollaston, Sheila Johnston and Gary
Malkowski on their recent awards recognizing their outstanding
Jon Wollaston, outgoing Treasurer of the CHS Board of Directors was awarded the Heinz Jefferson Award Champion for Volunteerism for his extraordinary efforts on behalf of The Canadian Hearing Society. The Heinz Jefferson award recipients are “ordinary people who do remarkable things without expectation of recognition or reward”. Over the past seven years, Jon as been involved as CHS treasurer, board member, advocate and fundraiser. Jon has participated in a variety of government awareness and fundraising activities and events. Jon is currently taking a lead role in Board fundraising. The Jefferson Award for Volunteerism is a prestigious award honouring community and public service throughout North America.
Sheila Johnston has been an interpreter and educator for over 29 years. With her wealth of knowledge in the field, Sheila has pioneered new avenues for interpreters to reach professional standards. The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) presented Sheila with The Edward C. Bealer Award of Merit, which recognizes individuals who have performed above and beyond the call of duty, making a significant contribution to the field of interpreting in Canada.
Sheila was the founder and trainer of the CHS Ontario Interpreting Services (OIS) Apprenticeship Program from 1988 to 1993 and she is currently the Manager of the OIS Interpreter Internship Program. Sheila was the driving force behind getting approval and funding for the 10-month internship program, which assists new interpreters and graduates of interpreter training programs to reach the level of skill, knowledge and ethical judgment to work as interpreters in the community.
Gary Malkowski was presented with the Henry Vlug Award for political, legal, and advocacy action that has significantly increased the equality of Deaf Canadians. Gary’s drive and dedication have fostered a life-long career as a Deaf rights advocate. Throughout his political career as the first Deaf MPP from 1990 to 1995, and in his current role in senior management at CHS, Gary’s contributions and advocacy work have been historic and transformational for Deaf Canadians. Gary spearheaded the Ontario Ministry of Education Review into Deaf Education. His contributions to legal community services include Osgoode Hall Law School and the Law Society of Upper Canada providing legal strategies and advice to lawyers on several issues.
The Henry Vlug Award is named in honour of Henry Vlug, Q.C., for his many successes in political, legal, and advocacy efforts.
The Canadian Hearing Society
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