CNIB recognizes 50-year volunteer

Saanich woman offers more than five decades of time

Lily Walls

When Lily Walls started volunteering, the CNIB was still called the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In the 50-plus years since then much has changed, from shortening the title officially to CNIB in 2006 to the disappearance of residences for the blind run by the non-profit.

The Saanich woman started her volunteering career in 1955 when she registered her visually impaired son Donald with the CNIB in Ottawa. Her volunteering spanned the country, as well as decades, as the family moved back and forth across Canada over the years.

Don recalls the impact his mom had on people throughout her volunteer work. Once she taught the hand alphabet to doctors and nurses, making the medical process less terrifying for their deaf and blind patients. He remembers a woman miserable with her failing sight feeling success and pride in the dishcloths Lily taught her to knit to near perfection.

“I used to drive a lot,” she said with a smile. “I’m letting other people drive me now.”

Over the years she was in the ladies auxiliary, served as the volunteer coordinator and on the board, among other duties. Walls was awarded for 52 years of volunteer service in 2008, and still attends the annual general meeting with her husband Gerry.

This year she’s being honoured with the CNIB Arthur Napier Magill Distinguished Service Award – the organization’s highest public recognition for volunteer services.

“When you have the knowledge, you like to pass it on because a lot of people need help,” Lily said. “It’s a help sometimes just to know where to go for help.”

Lily Walls’ work will be celebrated Sept. 5 with tea and ceremony at the CNIB office, 2340 Richmond Rd.

Just Posted

Victoria owl tangled in net for two days faces long road to recovery

Barred owl rescued by Victoria Animal Control, taken to Wild ARC

VIDEO: Saanich police search for man suspected of stealing poppy donation boxes

Boxes were taken from Uptown Mall, pharmacy on Shelbourne Street

West Shore RCMP arrest woman, seize drugs, cash and replica firearms in Langford

Bike unit seizes 178 grams of methamphetamine and about 48 grams of mixed opioids

Save-On-Food customers can help save lives with small, at till donations

New campaign aims to raise $25,000 to purchase patient monitor for VGH’s pediatric intensive care unit

Help Cedar Hill Middle School students make a difference in Guatemala this Christmas

Proceeds from Christmas cards made by CHMS go to the Aldea Maya charity

VIDEO: Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist stereotypes

Disney’s disclaimer is a good way to begin discussion about the larger issue of racism

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 12

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

First Nations ‘optimistic’ about road upgrades after Horgan visits site of fatal bus crash

Premier travelled Bamfield Main road, where bus flipped last September and two students were killed

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

B.C. man facing 18 charges after hidden camera found in Kelowna winery washroom

The camera was found at Summerhill Winery on Aug. 23

No new rules needed to ensure timely youth justice, Supreme Court says

Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time

Seguin lifts surging Stars to 4-2 win over Canucks

Dallas is 6-0-1 in last seven outings

Most Read