Barbara Byle – Jefferson Award Recipient

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Michelle Meunier – 06/08/2009

Barbara Byle, Region Coordinator for the Delmarva region, was one of five people to receive the Jefferson Award for her work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Barbara told us “It was a wonderful ceremony! How nice to be recognized for doing something I love!” Congratulations Barbara, for recognition of your dedication and hard work.


Barbara and Randy ByleCongratulations on a well deserved recognition of your tireless effort to assist the visually impaired.

In 1972, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Sam Beard founded the Jefferson Awards for Public Service to establish a Nobel Prize for public and community service. The Jefferson Awards are led by the Board of Selections who choose the national winners and oversee the activities of the organization.

The Carnegie Endowment and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, among many others, are concerned that America’s tradition of civic engagement is eroding. They see a startling decline in the number of citizens joining hands to address community needs.

From the beginning, the Jefferson Awards has been based on a simple idea. One of the most powerful ideas in the world. One person can make a difference.

That is the heart of democracy at work. It’s one of the defining traditions on which America was built. Neighbor- helping-neighbor is their identity. Their strength.