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The Helen Keller Fellowship

Helen Keller Fellowship Award

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

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

For a donation of $1,000, the plaque is a great way to formally acknowledge such work, all the while contributing some much-needed funds to ALHD in our journey to 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 an A4 sized 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 find all Lions Australia award recipients, including Helen Keller Fellowships 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.

The 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.

The Bill Holmes Award is only presented by the organisation, and cannot be distributed by any Lions Clubs or other individuals using donation credits.

Linda Harvey Award Recipient
Bill Holmes Award Recipient, Linda Harvey, with CEO David Horne and retired CEO Bill Holmes
Award No.Award YearRecipient
0012016William (Bill) Holmes OAM
0022016Linda Harvey
0032017Jan McMinn
0042018Maureen Capizzi
0052018Chris Blackham-Davison
0062018Mike Edmondson
0072019Belinda Henschke
0082019Faye Yarroll
0092019Graham Smithers
0102019Mary Knight
0112020PDG Rhys Roberts OAM
0122020PDG Anthony Versace OAM
0132020PDG Peter Sparnon
0142020Lion Peter Harrison OAM
0152021John Counihan
0162021Lion Bronte Cameron
0172021Pamela Parker