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Unsung Hero: Local woman works tirelessly as advocate for the blind

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Congratulations to our latest Unsung Hero, Amy Amantea of Surrey. She was nominated for the award by Rich Amantea. Take a look at his story about Amy:

Ten years ago Amy lost all her sight in one eye and 80% of her vision in her other eye. As a young adult she needed to reset her life and before long, she discovered the difficulties individuals with blindness, vision loss and other accessible challenges faced in their everyday lives and started volunteering to support efforts to improve on this.

Today she sits on the Boards/Committees for Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Canadian Council of the Blind, Community Housing Action Committee, BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association, VocalEye Descriptive Arts Society, North Shore Advisory Committee on Disability Issues, Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians, TranLink (Access Transit) Users Advisory Committee and Real Wheels Theatre where she continues her love for acting. She is also with Vision Impossible Dragon Boat as an active rower and team manager.

These are all volunteer roles to which she freely gives her time and has made a difference. This is in addition to her employment with Blind Beginnings as a mentor for families and young individuals who have lost all or partial sight, a professional film critic, a special events radio host and continuing to pursue her professional stage and screen acting career.

She is truly remarkable and I’m sure there are very few people as driven, dedicated and committed as Amy with or without accessible challenges. She has set a bar very few with reach in their lifetimes let alone a period of 8 years.

Alpine Credits is acknowledging Amy with $500 to say thanks. It’s also donating $1,000 to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

Everyone knows an Unsung Hero. Nominate yours now by clicking here and give credit where credit is due with Alpine Credits and NEWS 1130.