[tabi] Re: congratulations to Owen McCaul

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 19:52:20 -0400

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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