Awards and Fellowships

Helen Keller Fellowship

“Blindness cuts us off from things, but deafness cuts us off from people” is a moving quote often attributed to the famed 20th-century activist and educator Helen Keller, who achieved a remarkable career championing the Deaf and blind.

Helen Keller Fellowship Plaques are available for order to recognise a deserving person who has made an outstanding contribution to society.

At the cost of $1,000, the plaque is a great way to formally acknowledge such work at the same time as contributing much-needed funds to help us train more dogs for people who deaf or hard of hearing.

Applying for a plaque is simple. Download and complete the form, make your donation, and we will send you a personalised plaque within 6 weeks. You can also call us and place an order over the phone.

The plaque is of A4 size and is a brass plate on a bevelled-edge timber backing with wall mountings. We recommend the plaque is hung inside or undercover outside. The images are laser etched onto the plaque with words of your choice. Other logos may be added and each plaque is numbered. You can view a list of Helen Keller Fellowship recipients here.

When you apply for a Helen Keller Fellowship, please ensure we have the correct spelling and wording (particularly with telephone orders). Plaques will be dispatched by mail so please allow time for delivery.

Bill Holmes Award

Australian Lions Hearing Dogs presents an annual award to recognise those who have greatly contributed to the organisation over a number of years. Created in 2016 as a tribute to retiring CEO and past National Chairman, PCC Bill Holmes OAM, whose service and commitment to the organisation over his twenty years of involvement has cemented Australian Lions Hearing Dogs as the world class service dog training organisation that it is today.

Bill was presented with the inaugural award upon his retirement. Long-serving ALHD staff member, Linda Harvey, received an award in recognition of her 20 years of employment with Australian Lions Hearing Dogs as a Trainer. Linda is an integral part of the organisation and has been involved in training every dog to leave the Training Centre since 1996.

Award No. Award Year Recipient
001 2016 William (Bill) Holmes OAM
002 2016 Linda Harvey
003 2017 Jan McMinn
004 2018 Maureen Capizzi
005 2018 Chris Blackham-Davison
006 2018 Mike Edmondson
007 2019 Belinda Henschke
008 2019 Faye Yarroll
009 2019 Graham Smithers
010 2019 Mary Knight
Photo of Bill Holmes with Bill Holmes Award Recipient, Linda, and CEO David Horne
Bill Holmes Award Recipient, Linda Harvey, with CEO David Horne and ex-CEO Bill Holmes