Founded in 1994, The Year of the Family, A Life Worth Living is a volunteer-based charity with day-to-day management by Judy Robinet, Executive Director. She operates under the direction of the Board of Directors, an Advisory Council, appointed Consultants and Committees. Our renowned Advisory Council is comprised of recognized medical, education, production, and technical professionals. Services of professional production personnel which cannot be provided by the Executive Director, the Directors, Advisory or volunteers, will be contracted or received as goods-in-kind.
A panel will conduct evaluations of the production during various stages. This panel will be comprised of representatives from the following areas of expertise: parents, individuals with disabilities, journalists, video producers, researchers, service providers, editors, electronic artists etc.
A Life Worth Living is a team of consultants with a unique combinations of skills, knowledge and hands-on experience. They realized that the growth of support services established to meet the needs of persons with disabilities and their circles of support has not kept pace with the increase in population, with the demand for specific instructional materials or with the advancement in the knowledge of how to assist in order to increase the level of participation in the community of people with disabilities.
Board of Directors
The approval of a nomination to sit on the Board is based on the needs of the organization. A director governs the operations of the charity ethically, financially and legally. Directors also approve strategic plans for the organization.
To view more information about a Director, please click their name to view a full bio.
John Paul Corrent guides the organization and also serves as Legal Counsel. He successfully negotiated leases and the 2008 fire insurance settlement. He participates in the Friends of A Life Worth Living Bowling events.
John Corrent, LLP, Business and Entertainment Lawyer, is Senior Partner in Corrent & Macri, LLP, Barristers and Solicitors. He specializes in Business Law which includes Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate law serving sole proprietorships, partnerships and business corporations of local, national and international scope. A former musician, Mr. Corrent is pursuing his interests in the arts by his additional practice in Entertainment Law representing local talented artists in the advancement of their careers including singers, songwriters, literary authors and film producers.
A renown advocate for Medical/Psychosocial/Health Promotion, Reverend Dr. W. Kenneth Jaggs, SSC assisted with production research and strategic planning.
Ken was the Founding Executive Director of the Teen Health Centre, a position he held since 1989 until retirement in 2000. From 1967-1989, he was the Consultant and Regional Director of Southwestern Ontario Addiction Research Foundation. Some of the associations with which Ken was affiliated are: the Summit Centre for Autistic Children, Windsor Board member and Chairman of Fundraising Committee; Society for Adolescent Medicine, USA.
Dr. Jaggs received many honours for his contributions to the community: a park dedicated to him called the Secret Garden (1998): Life Portrait, Windsor Magazine (1994); Confederation 125 Queen Elizabeth Medal (1992); and Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma International (1972).
Robert G. Motruk oversees all financial aspects, prepares budgets, reviews yearly financial statements and plans for future revenues. He participates in the Friends of A Life Worth Living Bowling events.
Robert G. Motruk, Chartered Accountant and Business Analyst, served for 11 years as an Internal Auditor, Senior Business Analyst and Client Program Manager with the world’s second largest Spirits & Wine company, Allied Domecq PLC. He is currently a self employed contractor offering Project Management services in the Information Technology and Finance fields.
William M. McRae, is actively involved in the day-to-day operations. While Rotary President, he secured $20,000 in seed money from the Windsor Rotary Club of Windsor (1918). He also serves as Bingo Co-Chair and participates in the Friends of A Life Worth Living Bowling events.
William M. McRae, M. Ed., served eleven years as Director of Education for the Windsor Roman Catholic School Board. He was a member of the Design Committee for the Ontario Ministry of Education Secondary Schools Review Project; and serving on the Ministry Advisory Committee on Community Use of Schools. At the present time, Bill is a member of UNI-COM, a Senior Resource Centre for people over fifty who wish to serve their community in research, advocacy, and mentoring.
Judy M. Robinet is the driving force behind ALWL. She promotes the ALWL vision and directs the strategic planning for A Life Worth Living and the Vision Loss Portal. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations she builds awareness of A Life Worth Living’s vision, serves as Bingo Co-Chair and sits on the Friends of A Life Worth Living Committee.
Judy M. Robinet, M. A. Sp.Ed., O&M Early Childhood Educator, Parent Effectiveness Instructor, Child and Family Counselor, and Orientation and Mobility Specialist, was a Child and Family Counsellor for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind from 1989-1994, Board Member for a provincial parent organization, VIEWS – For the Visually Impaired (served the maximum term of seven years) and a member of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation. Her achievements include authorship of the book, A Life Worth Living, contributor to the Parent Information Kit, guest lecturer at post-secondary institutions, and presenter at national and international conferences. Along with Jeff Beach, an Honours Psychology graduate, and Dr. Julie Hakim-Larson, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor, Judy co-authored research on self-esteem and independent living which was published in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, Nov-Dec. 1995.
Shauna M. Boghean, keeps A Life Worth Living board members abreast of new information on visual impairments for the Vision Loss Portal, adds insight to our content, and reviews scripts and productions. She served as President and volunteers at bingo and for Friends of A Life Worth Living Annual Bowling FUNdraiser.
Shauna M. Boghean, has been working as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind since receiving her certification in 1987. In this position, she assists persons with visual impairments in learning the appropriate techniques for independence in daily living and served as Regional Supervisor, Client Services, South West Region during 2006/2007. She presently serves on the Windsor Advisory Committee for Disability Issues and sits on the sub-committees of Curb Cuts and Barrier Free Design.
Keith Mastromatteo worked with special needs children prior to starting his computer-focused career. He has been self-employed as a Computer Technician and Tutor since 1993. Presently, he works as an Infrastructure Field Support Technician at Windsor Mold. He sits on the Friends of A Life Worth Living Bowling Committee.
Representatives on the Advisory Council are invited to serve based on the expertise required to bring the goals of A Life Worth Living to fruition. This includes advising on technology, internet and accessibility requirements, shaping the Vision Loss Portal, critiquing and participating in productions, assisting in proposal and grant writing, marketing and formation of strategic relationships.
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William Bartholome MD, MTS*Human Ethics Committee, Harvard, Founder of Midwest Bioethics Centre, Founding Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Bioethics Committee, Professor of Pediatrics Kansas University College of Health Science and Hospital
Founding Advisor, William Bartholome, MD, MTS * advised us on optimal instructional formats particularly on the critical need for multimedia and drama.
William Bartholome, MD, MTS *, Human Ethics Committee, Harvard, Founder of Midwest Bioethics Centre, Founding Member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Bioethics Committee, Professor of Pediatrics Kansas University College of Health Science and Hospital, completed his pediatric residency at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1972, he was awarded a Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Fellowship in Medical Ethics He served on the faculties of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and the University of Illinois College of Medicine (Chicago) before returning to Kansas City in 1986 to assume a position as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center. Bill’s primary role at the medical center was the development of programs in clinical ethics. He was Chair of the Human Subjects Committee as well as the medical center’s Hospital/Medical Staff Ethics Committee. His primary area of philosophical research was in pediatric ethics.
Jeffrey BeachNational Director Fund Development VON
Founding Advisor, Jeffrey Beach, spearheaded financial support from the Knights of Columbus Columbian Squires, advises on issues and connects us with other organizations.
Jeff Beach began his career with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and later held positions with Youth Assisting Youth and The Arthritis Society, Ontario Division, before being named Executive Director of VON Windsor-Essex in 2000. In August 2007, he became the National Director of Fund Development for VON Canada, and now provides leadership and support to the VON branches in their local fundraising efforts, while also working with VON Canada Foundation on national philanthropy programs. www.VON.ca
David BestAdvisory IT Specialist, IBM Global Business Services
David Best supervises accessibility of our sites and print material using his own adaptive equipment, co-authored the Stevie Wonder Proposal, and is outlining the Vision Loss Portal specifications for grant applications.
David Best, Advisory IT Specialist, IBM Global Business Services serves as a resource to IBM web development project teams requiring accessibility expertise, so as to meet client expectations. He is also a resource to the IBM Global Learning Services in adapting business courses for blind and visually impaired employees. As an Advisory I/T Specialist, he was team leader for MVS z/Os systems application development and service oriented architecture for on demand e-services in the Canadian travel and transportation sector. He has held positions of Systems Analyst, Program Analyst, and Programmer, He established and managed the first automated electronic braille service for blind students in Canada. As a National Director of Technology consultant, on secondment from IBM, David worked with the Directors and senior management staff, for one year, to initiate a Best Practice transformation process. As a professionally employed blind person, with unique skills in computer technology and accessibility experiences, he was in demand for assisting those blind and visually impaired persons seeking employment. He performed consulting services for business ventures, and served on various committees for educational, government, and nonprofit organizations. www.ibm.com/able
Amanda GellmanPresident & CEO of MANAN Strategy Consultants
Amanda Gellman critiques promotional materials, co-authored the Stevie Wonder Proposal, writes grant applications and promotes marketing.
Amanda Gellman is President & CEO of MANAN Strategy Consultants, incorporated on December 10, 2008 to create new beginnings and opportunities for global and community impact. MANAN supports businesses and charities in the areas of fund development (government, corporate and private), marketing and communications, strategic panning and visioning, and corporate governance. Amanda joined the University of Windsor in October, 2001, as Executive Assistant to the President / Liaison to External Affairs. Appointed Associate Vice-President University Advancement / Special Assistant to the President in April 2003, Amanda was named Vice-President of the area in January 2004. Prior to this, she held senior positions in six non-profits in the US and Canada. She served as the Founding Chair of both the Canada South Chapter of the Association of Fundraising professionals and and the St. Louis Metropolitan Food Pantry Association.
Amanda has worked on behalf of diverse causes such as poverty, education, health care, the arts, the environment, youth in need, and the status of women, and she has provided fundraising training to organizations on both sides of the border. For this work she has received many awards for her community involvement, including the 40 under 40 in St. Louis recognition, the McDonnell Douglas Feed America Award, the University on Windsor’s prestigious Charles Clark Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Women of the Year 2002 recognition, the Windsor University Friend of Retirees Award, and honourary membership into the Golden Key International Honour Society. www.mananstrategy.com
Jeff Healey, DLitt*Internationally Renown Canadian Musician
Founding Advisor, Jeff Healey, Internationally Renown Canadian Musician, was involved with our charity from 1995-2008, served as our mentor during the formation of our guiding principles, a host for our promotion video, an adviser and dramatic hero to our scriptwriter, and an interviewee for our multimedia segment on enucleation.
Most people don’t realize that Healey began his foray into the music world as an on-air personality showing off his stunning collection of vintage ‘78 jazz records on a national CBC Radio show when he was a mere 14 years old! Rendered blind from retinoblastoma at the age of one, Healey picked up his first guitar at the age of three and played it flat on his lap, inventing the revolutionary playing technique that became his signature style. By the age of six, Healey was performing in public and had already played in several bands by his teens.
With the Jeff Healey Band, Healey went on to tour the world, top the pop/rock charts with his singles, receive nominations and awards by the dozens (Grammy Awards, Juno Awards, CASBY Awards, Toronto Music Awards, Q107 Rock Awards), and garner silver, gold and platinum sales in Canada, America and the UK. A co-starring role in the 1989 film Roadhouse with Patrick Swayze made Jeff Healey a household name and allowed thousands of new fans to witness his unique playing style. The Maple Blues Society of Canada in 2003, awarded him the lifetime achievement award. www.jeffhealey.com
William Hurlbut, MDPhysician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University
Founding Advisor, William Hurlbut, MD, has shared his experiences as a father whose child was born with impairments, advised us on the guiding principles of ALWL, and connects us with others.
William Hurlbut, is a Physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute, Stanford University, and has worked with NASA in Astrobiology and is a member of the chemical and Biological Warfare at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation. and his wife have five children. Their first child, Sarah, was born with disabilities due to anoxia during delivery. She is now facing the challenges of adulthood, making this the most difficult period of their lives.
Bill is currently teaching courses on Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University in the Department of Biology. One topic of particular concern to Bill is the effects on society by striving for human perfection in the age of biomedical technology. With the advances in biotechnology, medicine is increasingly being used for purposes beyond the traditional concept of healing, in the quest for a perfect life. www.stanford.edu/people/ethics
Jerome (J. J.) Jackson, MBAConsultant in Diversity, Technology and Human Resources, Coordinator of Alternative Format Services
Founding Advisor, Jerome (J. J.) Jackson, drew Stevie Wonder’s attention to A Life Worth Living , set up meetings with Stevie Wonder, coauthored the Stevie Wonder Proposal and connects us with others.
Jerome J. Jackson was a Consultant in Diversity, Technology and Human Resources, Coordinator of Alternative Format Services at Michigan State University and Technology Advisor for Stevie Wonder’s Black Bull Presentations. Blind since he was five years old, J. J. became the first blind computer programmer at the Oldsmobile headquarters plant in Lansing. In 1974, landed employment at MSU’s Artificial Language Laboratory (ALL). His role as systems analyst allowed him to contribute to the research and development of technological solutions for persons with neurological/neuromuscular disorders. In 1982, J. J. accepted an ongoing offer from a friend and former classmate, singer Stevie Wonder. So, Los Angeles became his home, where he researched state-of-the-art technology, arranging purchases, and teaching Mr. Wonder how to use the equipment that would enhance both Stevie’s personal and professional world. J. J. returned to Lansing to become the coordinator of Alternative Format Services for students with disabilities at Michigan State University. In 1987, he was selected by the United States Information Agency to serve as a diplomatic representative to Zimbabwe, Africa. J. J. spent two-and-a-half months in Zimbabwe, evaluating educational programs for blind/visually-impaired persons and presenting recommendations for improvements to the country’s Minister of Education. After seven years of facilitating academic and life quality achievements at MSU, J. J. accepted a brief one-year engagement as the Housing Advocate in Los Angeles, California for the Westside Center for Independent Living. Next, seeking to expand his credentials, J. J. enrolled in the Masters program at Michigan State University, graduating suma cum laude in Human Resources/Labor and Industrial Relations. J. J. was the only blind Human Resource manager among Amoco Oil Corporation’s 700 HR professionals in the U.S.
Kathryn Lafreniere, PhDSocial and Personality Psychology, Occupational Stress in Human Service Workers, and Suicide Prevention
Founding Director, Kathryn Lafreniere, PhD, specializes in the areas Social and Personality Psychology, Occupational Stress in Human Service Workers, and Suicide Prevention, set up the guidelines for conveying information effectively, contributes to our research and provides referrals.
Dr. Kathryn Lafreniere is a Professor in the Psychology Department of the University of Windsor. Her research and teaching interests are in health and community psychology. Her published research is primarily concentrated in the areas of women’s health and prevention issues, perception of health risks, and personality and health. www.uwindsor.ca/kathy
Murray LanderkinArea Manager Small Business Banking
Murray Landerkin raised the bar for the annual Friends of A Life Worth Living Bowling FUNdraiser year after year in pledge support and advises on financial decisions. His wife, April, served as the Friends of A Life Worth Living Coordinator from 2004-2009. She hosted our most successful event which brought in $48,000 in 2004.
Throughout his career in Financial Management and Investments, Murray has held management and supervisory positions for CIBC, Laurentian and TD Canada Trust. Over the years, he has taken numerous courses on financial management and investment including a Letter of Accomplishment in marketing and Business Law.
William McDermott, CPsychInternational Clinical and Consulting Trauma Psychologist
Founding Director, W V (Bill) McDermott, CPsych, an International Clinical and Consulting Psychologist, adds his extensive experience to ALWL’s research base and reviewed scripts for accuracy from the perspective of psychology. His knowledge of Critical Incident Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders provided key insights during his interview for the Vision Loss Portal’s segment on enucleation.
Dr. McDermott is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic (Diplomate), the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and the National Association for Victim Assistance, for whose Crisis Team he has served at airline crashes, various felonious line-of-duty deaths, the Lucasville Prison uprising, the Kobe, Japan earthquake, Rwanda and the World Trade Center attacks. He has also served with Citizen Ambassador as a Delegate in trauma in South Africa, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Dr. McDermott has consulted and taught internationally in the areas of Police and Emergency Services Stress, Trauma, PTSD, Vicarious Traumatization, per Support Programs, workplace Violence & Response Systems and Organizational Crisis Management. www.drwvmcdermott.com
Jim RutherfordProfessor, Animation Instructor
Jim Rutherford advises on animation, production media and brought a polished BeBot animated robot to life.
Jim was an Animation Supervisor at Command Post/ Toybox, one of the largest Post Studios in Canada. He had over 10 years experience in high end film and television FX Production before coming to teach at St. Clair College. www.stclaircollege.ca
Joel Snyder,DirectorFounder and President Audio Description Associates, LLC, Director, Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind
Founder and President Audio Description Associates, LLC, Director, Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind, Joel Snyder uses his background in television, radio and as presenting specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts to advise us on our work and particularly for audio description. Joel audio described our first animation, BeBot’s Bad Day, a fact-based story of difficulties while going out into the community using a white cane.
One of the first audio describers, Joel Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild, and a 20-year veteran of work as an arts specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, is perhaps best known internationally as one of the first “audio describers.” Beginning in the early 1970s, he recorded “talking books” for the Library of Congress and read privately for individuals who are blind. He began describing theater events and media in 1981 with the world’s first ongoing audio description service in Washington, DC. His abilities as a describer make hundreds of live theater productions accessible to visually impaired audience members; in media, Mr. Snyder has used the same technique to enhance PBS’ American Playhouse productions, ABC and Fox network broadcasts, feature films, the IMAX film “Blue Planet” and the Planetarium show “And A Star To Steer Her By” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
Under contract to the American Council of the Blind (ACB), Mr. Snyder is the Director of ACB’s new Audio Description Project (ADP) designed to boost awareness of description in all formats throughout the United States and establish ACB as a leading producer of broadcast media description.
As Director of Described Media for the National Captioning Institute, Joel Snyder led a staff that produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including “Sesame Street” broadcasts and DVDs. Most recently, he founded the first certification program for media describers. He is a member of the American Foundation of the Blind’s “expert panel” charged with reviewing guidelines for educational multi-media description.
Mr. Snyder trained museum docents in audio description techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Sackler/Freer Galleries, and the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC, the Seattle Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. He also coached Secret Service agents/White House tour guides in AD methods and prepared an AD tour of the White House before public tours of the White House were discontinued following 9/11. Mr. Snyder worked closely with the Disability Rights Committee of the Obama for America campaign in 2008, serving as a surrogate speaker on disability issues for the Obama campaign, and coordinated live audio description for the Presidential Inauguration Parade in January 2009.
Internationally, Mr. Snyder has introduced description techniques in over two dozen nations including Japan, Israel, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, France, Turkey, Norway and Finland; conducted audio description “master classes” in London, Prague, and St. Petersburg, Russia; and developed a team of describers for the second annual Moscow International Disability Film Festival as the result of intensive seminars conducted in Russia. In 2008, Mr. Snyder spoke on description at the VISION 2008 international gathering in Montreal, Canada and the Traduction Audiovisuelle conference in Montpellier, France; he led described tours of Geneva and provided description for the World Blind Union General Assembly in Switzerland following the presentation of a paper on description at the International Federation of Translation conference in Shanghai, China. He trained describers in Brazil and presented papers on description in Italy at the International Conference on the Arts & Society and in Spain at the Advanced Research Seminar on Audio Description.
Most recently, Mr. Snyder was a featured speaker at KL VISION 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and presented seminars on description in Delhi, India and Hong Kong. His upcoming book, “Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal,” will be published by the American Council of the Blind in conjunction with the finalization of his work toward a Ph.D in audiovisual translation from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (expected: late 2011/early 2012). www.audiodescribe.com and www.acb.org/adp
Fred SorrellSpecial Projects Officer, St, Clair College
Founding Advisor, Fred Sorrell, supported Rotary President William McRae’s approach to Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) for $20,000 in seed money, advises on marketing and fundraising plans, and connects us people and organizations.
Presently a Special Projects Officer, St, Clair College, Fred’s work career includes many years in the broadcast industry with both public and private radio and television as Canadian sales manager. He retired in 1995 as Director of Client Services of the marketing firm of Ross Roy Communications. Fred currently owns his own consulting firm specializing in marketing, communications and training, and in 2001 returned to St. Clair College as Executive Director of the St. Clair College Foundation, then Vice as President, College Advancement Services. Highlights of Fred’s Rotary life since he joined the Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) in 1980, he was District 6400 Governor, Rotary International President’s Representative for 4 District conferences, National Advisor, Member of the Dream for the Future team, Campaign Associate for Countdown to a Polio-Free World, and Zone 22 Coordinator. www.stclaircollege.ca
Robert SpieringInternational Association of Lions Clubs District A-1 Governor 1996-97
International Association of Lions Clubs District A-1 Governor 1996-97, Rob Spiering spearheaded the fund-raising campaign throughout Ontario Lions Clubs raising over $125,000 to match a $75,000 ($112,000 Canadian) Lion Clubs International Foundation Grant.
Rob emigrated from Holland to St. Thomas, Ontario with his family in 1970. During his childhood, Rob was visually impaired. He believed that he was blessed to live in a country (Canada) where his eyes could be surgically repaired. Current world statistics indicate that in some parts of the world he could have been blind or even dead. His involvement with Lions has heightened his appreciation of the challenges of living with a visual impairment. This awareness helped him to understand and appreciate the difficulties that visual impairment had on his early childhood experiences.
Mahadeo Sukhai, PhDMedical Biophysics
PhD, Medical Biophysics, Mahdeo Sukhai worked within Ontario Lions to raise funds in his district, shares his own life story with A Life Worth Living and advises our research.
Born with bilateral congenital cataracts. Mahadeo teaches and conducts scientific research at Princess Margaret Hospital. Hehas also been a lifelong volunteer, first with the International Association of Lions Clubs, and subsequently within the national disability community and the University of Toronto. Mahadeo served on the National Educational Association of Disabled Students as its Open Representative and Interim President.
Michael C.F. Webb, BADO, BCO, FASOMount Sinai Scientific Staff
Michael Webb provided us with a video of enucleation procedures for our animated surgery, connects us heads of Ophthalmology, American Society of Ocularists Education Committee and the Canadian Society of Ocularists and patients, and participated in the enucleation series.
Michael Webb is an American Society of Ocularists Board Approved Diplomat Ocularist, BADO, (1985), Board Certified Ocularist BCO, (1986), and a Fellow of the American Society of Ocularists FASO, (2007).
He is a member of the Canadian Society of Ocularists, and a member of the American Society of Ocularists. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society of Ocularists (2008–). He previously held the position of Vice President of the Canadian Society of Ocularists (1997 – 2001), and was past President (1994 – 1996). Since 1992, he has been a member of the Scientific Staff of the Department of Ophthalmology at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He is currently a Board member of the National Examining Board of Directors and was a past member of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Subcommittee for the Assistive Devices Program for the Ontario Ministry of Health. He has also been a member of the American Anaplastology Association (1988) and was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society of Ocularists (1988, 1991). He is also a member of the International Society for Orbital Disorders (ISOD), and currently sits on the Grievance and Ethics Board for the American Society of Ocularists.
Mr. Webb has given numerous lectures to the University of Waterloo School of Optometry annually for over 20 years. He has also lectured annually to the University of Toronto Oculoplastics Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada. He is also a frequent lecturer at the University of Western Ontario Ophthalmology Program, and Queens University Ophthalmology Programs and the Ophthalmic Assistants Program at George Brown College. He has lectured on several occasions to the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Joint Scientific Session (1992, 1998), the International Congress of Ophthalmologists (1994), and the Ontario Opticians Association Inside Optics Symposium (2006). Mr. Webb also lectured at the Advanced Cranio-Maxillofacial Forum in 2007 for the Adult and Pediatric Craniofacial Symposium. Mr. Webb is also a frequent lecturer for the American Society of Ocularists discussing a variety of subjects such as Congenital Anophthalmia and Microphthalmia, review of Implant Choices, Ptosis Conditions, the Use and Design of Custom Designed Conformers, Contracted Sockets and Anophthalmic Socket Fitting Complications. Mr. Webb was a key note speaker at the 2nd Ophthalmic Technical Seminar at the King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in March 2010. He has authored and/or co-authored several articles that have been published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (1987), Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ( 1993), Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (2002), Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology (2005), and recently authored a paper for the Ophthalmology Rounds on The Management of the Anophthalmic Socket to be published in March 2010.
Morris WhatmorePresident/Owner of MRW.GRP
President/Owner of MRW.GRP, a consulting company specializing in high tech projects, advises on technology, equipment and the internet, and installs products.
From 1994 – 2004 he was Owner/President of WINCOM a network company sold to Primus in 2003. He worked for Bell Canada in a variety of managerial positions voluntarily retiring in 1994.
Stevie WonderInternationally Renown Musician and Humanitarian
Internationally Renown Musician and Humanitarian, Stevie set out guiding principles for the organization and filmed at his Wonderland Studios, LA, hosted the A Life Worth Living’s promotional video.
“As a result of my premature birth on May 13, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, I was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity. Even though the word ‘blind’ had been explained to me, it wasn’t until I was four years old that I realized I was blind. After playing in the backyard where our two dogs ran free, I discovered on my way into the house that there was this smell on me that I couldn’t get rid of. I had stepped in a pile of something I couldn’t see. I knew then, without question, something was wrong.”
“I’ve encountered negative people in my life. There were those who asked my mother, ‘Why don’t you put that kid in a home somewhere?’ Of course, she didn’t. There were professionals who told me, ‘You have three strikes against you: you’re blind, you’re black and you’re poor. You have no future.'”
Stevie was involved in a serious automobile accident in August, 1973, when the car he was in collided with a truck in North Carolina. Stevie was struck in the head by a log that crashed through the window. After being in a coma, he was lucky to have survived.
As distinguished as Stevie is musically, he is equally famous for his humanitarian efforts. He helped lobby the United States federal government to honour Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday; protested the use of nuclear weapons; promoted racial harmony; and fought to end world hunger. His anti-apartheid work was recognized by former South African president Nelson Mandela.
Stevie’s many international awards include the Solidarity Peace Award from Poland; the Award of Peace and Freedom from the people of Bratislava, Czechoslovakia; the People’s Peace and Freedom Award, a Humanitarian Award for Dedication to Children, from Hungary; and UNICEF Awards from France and Japan. On December 5, 1999, Stevie received the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award for his “unique and extremely valuable contributions” to the nation. In 2009 he was appointed the United Nations Messenger of Peace Ambassador.