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Patricia (Tricia) Pokorny (BA '95) was honoured as one of 35 Brock University alumni to receive the Brock University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. Tricia is a person with a visual disability; she does not however allow herself to be defined by that disability. Rather than accept that 'being blind' might limit her participation in life, she created her own job as Special Needs Co-ordinator at Casino Niagara/Fallsview Casino in 1997, long before the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005 had become law. Today, she is Senior Manager of Accessibility for the Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation (OLG), with responsibility for ensuring that all lottery products and all gaming sites and casinos throughout the Province are in compliance with the AODA.