Lionel started volunteering with RIDBC 20 years ago but his affiliation with RIDBC at North Rocks spans much further. His daughter, Nicola, has vision impairment and late wife Pam was a regular RIDBC volunteer.
Lionel contributes to RIDBC in the Accessible Information Service (AIS) team as a copyholder, requiring high levels of concentration and attention to detail.
What’s a copyholder you ask?
A copyholder reads aloud the print version of a resource that is being produced in braille, for people who are blind or have low vision. As RIDBC Publications Officer, Tristan Clare said, “Not all people are suited to this kind of work, but Lionel is.” Team Manager, Sonali Marathe echoes those thoughts – “Lionel’s meticulous work ensure that the braille books we give to students adhere to the highest quality standards we set at RIDBC.”
As well as his excellent contribution as a copyholder, the RIDBC team praise Lionel’s qualities as a person most of all. “His optimism and attitude are a source of inspiration to everyone. Every Tuesday – rain, hail or shine, we welcome Lionel to the office,” Sonali said.
“Lionel is a hard worker and excellent company. He is one of the nicest men I’ve ever met, and I always learn something new when I talk to him,” Tristan said. And the feeling is mutual, “Working with Tristan is like working with my own daughter. She is wonderful,” Lionel said. He continues, “The team in that department is wonderful, always making us volunteers feel valued. They put on a special morning tea to celebrate our birthdays and I mean special!”
Lionel’s commitment to RIDBC is 20 years’ strong, and we are fortunate to call him a volunteer, and friend.