This prestigious award honors those individuals and/or organizations that have contributed to improve the quality of life for persons who are blind or visually impaired across Jamaica.
By highlighting the Society’s legacy of progress, the JSB Hall of Visionaries promotes greater public understanding and appreciation of the importance of the Jamaica Society for the Blind.
Who should be nominated to the Hall of Visionaries?
Any person or organization that has made noteworthy and/or specific contributions to the JSB, and has demonstrated an understanding of the value of the Society’s service to the country. In the case of an individuals this person may be living or deceased. In the case where an organization is defunct it cannot be considered for an award.
Is there a limit on how many times a person can be nominated?
There are no limits to the number of nominations that may be submitted. To effectively communicate with the judges, nominations should include as much supporting evidence as possible in the form of articles published about the nominee, etc. Photographs are recommended as well. Nominations are evaluated by an independent panel.
1) The Awards are open to blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals and public, private and non-government organizations that have taken significant steps to improve the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired.
2) All donor organizations must be known, registered, in good standing with the laws of Jamaica and have a sound relationship with the JSB or persons who are blind and visually impaired in Jamaica.
3) Organizations nominated must be operational at the time of the Awards ceremony.
4) Members of the Awards Committee and their immediate family are not eligible to be nominated for an Award.
5) Any nominee nominated by a family member will be deemed illegible for the award.
Conditions of Entry
1) All questions on the nomination form must be completed in full. Nomination forms that are not fully completed will not be considered.
2) Nominations for more than one Award category must be completed on separate nomination forms.
3) The name and contact details for at least one non-family member referee must accompany each nomination form for an individual.
4) The shortlisted nominees will be requested to give the JSB permission to publish details of the nomination for the purpose of promoting these Awards, including biographies and photographs published on the event website, related publications, in media releases and other promotional materials.
5) Nomination for these Awards constitutes acceptance of all Conditions of Entry.
6) The Awards Committee reserve the right to re-allocate any nomination that, in their opinion, should have been entered into a more appropriate category.
7) The Awards Committee’s decision will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
Arvel Grant’s involvement with work for persons who are blind or visually impaired dates back to 1975 when he became a member of the Progressive Blind Association (PBA). He was a very active member of that organization and was among the persons who lobbied Government to get concessions for disabled persons through the Revision of Income Tax Act. This act provided exemption from income tax for disabled persons, concessionary bus fare and the establishment of a policy which allotted a percentage of Housing Trust houses to persons with disabilities. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Combined Disabilities Association.
Enthusiastic, aggressive, assertive, intelligent and advocate are just some of the words which can be used to describe the potent icon Derick Palmer. Born in the parish of St. Ann Derick lost his sight at the early age of thirteen years old as a result of a congenital eye disorder.
Between the late 1970s and the 1990s, KC was a very pro-active member of the St. Andrew Lions Club and a dedicated member and volunteer at the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB). He was soft-spoken, a shrewd tactician and a gifted strategist, who had the interests of blind people at heart.
Whereas Franklyn (Frankie) Campbell has been a friend and supporter of the blind and visually impaired community for some four decades.
And whereas, the same Mr. Campbell, as manager of Fab 5, has offered advice, support, and assistance to the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) and the population of blind and visually impaired persons in Jamaica specifically...
Whereas, Mark Figueroa has worked from the early 1990s to improve the learning environment for visually impaired and blind students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and more. He generally advanced the cause of the community of persons with disabilities with whom, as someone with a learning disability, he identifies and...
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