cvtc_2upPRCVI is very proud to announce that at the Canadian Vision Teachers Conference, two very deserving BC teachers in the field of visual impairment received awards. Dr. Sally Rogow Professor Emerita UBC received the Canadian Distinquished Service Award and Harvinder Nahal received the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Rogow provided these highlights of her 45 year career:

“I have been involved in teaching and research in the field of the teaching of visually impaired and multi-handicapped children for over four decades. I developed and directed a graduate program at the University of British Columbia for teachers working with students who are blind, visually impaired and/or had multiple disabilities. I ran this program, the Diploma Program for Resource Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Multi-handicapped for 25 years, retiring in 1995. Previously I taught at Simon Fraser University and the Michigan State School for the Blind. In these roles I trained close to 200 resource teachers of the visually impaired and multi-handicapped. I am widely published in the field of visually impaired and multi-handicapped children. I am currently Professor Emerita of the Faculty of Education of the University of British Columbia.”

Harvinder Nahal is a creative problem solver and always has innovative solutions to technological breakdowns, accessing classroom materials for students and ways of teaching expanded core curriculum. She is dedicated to seeing her students become happy, giving members of society and she works tirelessly to realize this vision. She is universally respected by students, families, school staff and her colleagues. She has mentored countless student teachers and actively recruits teachers to join our profession.

Throughout her career Harvinder has used her experience and knowledge to truly improve the lives of students who are visually impaired through community work, advocacy and publications. She was instrumental in developing the Vision Resource Guide in 1998, the creation of credited courses in Braille 10, Braille 11, O&M 11 and O&M 12 in 2004, and a few years ago she advocated for changes to the some of the questions on grade 12 provincial examinations that are transcribed to Braille. This then led to a project called the Best Practices Assessment Guide.

Harvinder’s positive, encouraging, and calm presence combined with a wealth of knowledge have made her a truly excellent educator and advocate for students with visual impairments.