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Press Release Commissioner Saner Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Commissioner Saner was honored by the blindness community as an outstanding leader.
For immediate release:
3/19/2018
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
  • Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB)/American Council of the Blind (ACB)

Media Contact for Commissioner Saner Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Wayne Levy, Director of Communications

Boston, Massachusetts 

For Immediate Release

March 19, 2018

                                                  

CONTACT:   Brian Charlson, President

                     Bay State Council of the Blind

                     Brian.Charlson@Carroll.org
                     617-775-2541

Commissioner Paul Saner Honored by Blind Community as Outstanding Leader

Boston, MA – At its 2018 convention, the Bay State Council of the Blind recognized the exemplary leadership of Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Commissioner Paul Saner of Brookline, Mass.

Saner is a longtime community leader and advocate for the blind. He is an outspoken advocate and leader within the blindness community, tackling big issues with conviction and determination for many years. He was appointed as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) in August 2013, a position in which he oversees state programs aimed at rehabilitation and social services for people with impaired vision.

“Genuine leadership requires a combination of skill, insight, empathy and the willingness to get out in front of an issue and make things happen,” says Bay State Council of the Blind President Brian Charlson. “That’s what Paul Saner does for Massachusetts, and he does it with wisdom and grace.”

Saner is former managing director of BankBoston (now Bank of America) and previously worked as a real estate executive. During the 1990s, Saner was president of The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB)’s Massachusetts affiliate and served on the executive committee of FFB’s national board. He was the 1998 recipient of the Carroll Society’s Blind Employee of the Year award.

After retiring on disability from BankBoston, he received specialized vision rehabilitation training sponsored by MCB from the Carroll Center for the Blind. Before being recruited as Commissioner, Saner had been involved for many years with numerous community and blindness-related non-profits.

He served as a volunteer vision rehabilitation teacher and as board vice-chair at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton, Mass. He chaired the Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library’s Consumer Advisory Board in Watertown, was a member of MCB’s Rehabilitation Council, and co-founded the annual B.L.I.N.D. event at the State House.

Saner was co-founder of Boston’s Metropolitan Waterworks Museum.  Other non-profit experience includes serving as a Trustee of the Brookline Community Foundation. He serves as a Brookline Town Meeting member and co-chairs the town’s Economic Development Advisory Board.

He holds a MBA in finance from the University of Rochester and a BA from Trinity College. He has been married to Sandra for 35 years and is the proud father of two daughters, Katelyn, a lawyer, and Jennifer, an occupational therapist.

 

Photo: Kim Charlson, national President of the American Council of the Blind presenting the award to Paul Saner

 

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Media Contact for Commissioner Saner Receives Outstanding Leadership Award

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind 

MCB provides the highest quality rehabilitation and social services to Massachusetts residents who are blind, leading to their independence and full community participation.

Bay State Council of the Blind (BSCB)/American Council of the Blind (ACB)

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) strives to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life, for all blind and visually-impaired people.

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