Educator honoured with prestigious award

Florence Carter recognized for lengthy career and volunteering


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Florence Carter has been called a pioneer by students and colleagues

85-year-old Florence Carter of Leaside was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal on Nov. 2, 2012 from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) for her many achievements in the field of education for the blind. The Diamond Jubilee Medal exists to honour the outstanding contributions and achievements of Canadians. 60,000 Canadians were recognized with the medal in 2012, celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year.

When Carter was younger, she dreamt of becoming a teacher. After she lost her vision at the age of 16, she thought that she would have to give up that dream — until she received training from the CNIB and went on to work as a rehabilitation teacher for the blind and partially blind.

Though she retired in the early ‘90s, she continued to volunteer with the CNIB and worked at Mohawk College with aspiring rehabilitation teachers. She also co-authored the first Canadian Braille textbook.

“I didn’t intentionally start out to make a name for myself or anything,” says Carter. “I just loved teaching.… I think sometimes a blind person learning from a blind person is a good experience.”

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