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Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin Albert Baker 1893-1968

A passionate advocate of the rehabilitation and training of the blind, Baker was born nearby. In 1914 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and was blinded while in action in Belgium. He was hospitalized in England where he embraced the philosophy of self-reliance espoused by Sir Arthur Pearson, the prominent newspaper owner who was himself partially blind. Returning to Canada, Baker was instrumental in the formation of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in 1918 and, as its General Secretary and Managing Director (1920-64), worked tirelessly to improve the medical, rehabilitative and educational services for veterans and the handicapped. He received many honours for his efforts and in 1951 was elected first president of the World Council for the Welfare of the Blind.

Location

Near his birthplace at Beulah United Church, Highway 33, west of the floating bridge, just west of Amherstview

Region: Eastern Ontario

County/District: County of Lennox and Addington

Municipality: Township of Loyalist

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