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Volunteer Patrice Maginnis is a Winner of Volunteer Center’s Be the Difference Awards

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Giving Back Where She Once Received Help

The Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz has selected Vista Center volunteer, Patrice Maginnis, as an individual winner for the Be the Difference Awards.  These awards highlight individuals, groups and businesses that do the most to transform Santa Cruz County through volunteerism. Patrice will be an honored guest at the Volunteer Center’s 2017 recognition luncheon for her Vista Center volunteer work.
Legally blind since birth, Patrice lost the remainder of her sight in the mid-2000’s.  In order to keep lecturing at UC Santa Cruz, she turned to Vista Center for computer training that enabled her to continue working until she retired in 2013.  As a way to give back, she began her next career as a volunteer, with Vista Center Santa Cruz. 

Bringing 30 years of teaching experience to her delivery of technology skills for clients, Patrice has helped Vista Center establish and run a series of tech-user related classes and workshops for people who are blind or visually impaired.  Additionally, she has done an in-service for Apple store employees in Monterey about access technology.  Patrice’s background in teaching, being a founding member and lead singer of Opera San Jose and performer in numerous concerts, her demeanor and condition position her as an excellent technology guide for Vista Center clients. 

View a wonderful video produced by the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz at their 2017 annual luncheon honoring Patrice Maginnis


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"Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a crucial organization that affords individuals the opportunity to live an independent life.
Having grown up with two blind parents I have first hand knowledge of the life changing support Vista Center provides in assisting individuals suddenly faced with blindness."
Jim Plunkett, former Vista Center board member

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