[tabi] Re: congratulations to Owen McCaul

  • From: "Denyece Roberts MSW" <peace05@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 16:21:57 -0400

Congrat Owen!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sila Miller 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 7:52 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: congratulations to Owen McCaul

  I too would like to congratulate Owen! Thank you, Chip for posting!
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Chip Orange 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 4:31 PM
    Subject: [tabi] congratulations to Owen McCaul

    I received this from a member of the blindness community, and since I've 
seen no announcement from the Lighthouse, nor did they seem to get it included 
in the article in today's Democrat covering the Dining in the Dark event, I 
thought we should use this to congratulate Owen:




    Congratulations to Owen McCaul - winner of
     the Paula Bailey "Inspirational Community Member" Award!
    OWEN McCAUL Wins the 2011 Paula Bailey "Inspirational Community
    Member" Award!
    This award is presented by the Lighthouse at the Paula Bailey Dining
    in the Dark event (10/2/11) to an inspirational member of the




      Honoree's Name: Owen McCaul
      Owen was born with High Myopia, more commonly referred to as
      "nearsightedness". In simple terms, myopia is a condition of the eye
      where the light that comes in does not directly focus on the retina
      which is in the back of the eye. Because of this, the image that one
      sees is out of focus when looking at a distant object but comes into
      focus when looking at a close object. Additionally, Owen suffered an
      eye injury when he was very young and developed Glaucoma, a group of
      eye conditions that lead to damage to the optic nerve. In many cases,
      this damage is due to increased pressure in the eye, also known as
      intraocular pressure (IOP).
      I first met Owen while we were attending Florida School for the Deaf
      and Blind in St. Augustine in the early 80s. He was an honor student
      and wrote for our student newspaper. His family lived in Melbourne but
      Owen did not return home to be coddled or taken care of. Following his
      high school graduation, he enrolled at Flagler College in St.
      Augustine, where he maintained very good grades. Back then, Owen had
      fairly good vision and only used glasses for reading and a monocular
      for accessing information on the black board, street signs, and such.
      He had great mobility skills, and would walk all over St. Augustine,
      visiting friends and taking care of his business affairs. We'd have
      long intellectual conversations which were quite beneficial for me in
      learning about a wide array of subjects from the law to music to human
      Owen then came to Tallahassee where he attended Florida State Law
      School. After graduating, he obtained a position with the State
      Attorney's office where he has worked for approximately 22 years as an
      Assistant State Attorney. You'll frequently see Owen using StarMetro
      buses as he continues to travel independently throughout Tallahassee.
      Owen is married and he and his wife, Erica have 2 beautiful children,
      Tricia and Ian who are fast becoming informed and responsible junior
      citizens. These days, as Owen's visual condition has worsened, he uses
      adaptive software on his computer to make reading easier as well as a
      portable CCTV for reading hard copy material.
      Though Owen has never had perfect vision or been able to drive, it
      hasn't stopped him from more than adequately providing for his family
      and striving for excellence in serving in our judicial system and
      community. He is an avid reader, keeping up with current affairs
      through the newspaper and internet, involved and concerned with his
      children's school environment, his community, church, and actively
      serves the less fortunate. Owen tirelessly advocates for safe and
      reliable public transportation and works hard to get honest answers
      and bring out the sometimes unpopular truth.
      Mr. McCaul's straight forward, no nonsense attitude and quest for
      justice continues itself through his career with the State Attorney's
      Office for the Second Judicial Circuit. Justice, fairness and
      protecting his community are priorities for Owen. He has moved up the
      professional ladder and currently holds a position as the Division
      Chief of the Intake Division (equivalent to a Bureau Chief's position
      with the State).
      Owen is also a member of the Mason's, a fraternal organization well
      known for their civic outreach projects. However, it wasn't just your
      run-of-the-mill membership for Owen. He rose in the ranks and
      currently holds a leadership role, again showing that vision is no
      barrier to his ability to grow as a leader in the mostly sighted
      In late 2005, Mr. McCaul was appointed by the then Governor to the
      Board of Trustees of the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. In
      2007, he was reappointed and continues to serve as a Board member. By
      serving in this capacity, Owen has not only shown his willingness to
      lead and advise, but has shown that he is willing to give back to the
      organizations that have helped him learn and grow.
      Owen is a family man, patron and friend of local business owners,
      involved and informed citizen and caring human, truly an inspiration
      to me! It is indeed an honor to submit Owen B. McCaul's name for this
      prestigious award, named after the late, inspirational Ms. Bailey.

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