Eric Fitzgerald Toland
Dec 9, 1963 – Dec 7, 2007
Eric had a rare spirit of purpose, poise, preparedness, process, and pleasantry. Always wearing a smile, he loved to make people laugh. His deeds and impact in the lives of others will forever echo in history. Eric possessed a gentle nature and was a man who could make friends anywhere he went. The legacy he left behind is one kindness, hard work, and a keen sense of humor. Eric served with many organizations including the National Alliance of Black Interpreters Inc. (NAOBI), the National Alliance of Black Interpreters-Atlanta Chapter (NAOBI-Atlanta), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Atlanta Black Deaf Advocates (ABDA), and the International Institute of the Deaf Services (IIDS).
Eric served the NAOBI organizations in several capacities. For NAOBI, Inc., he served as Southern Regional Representative, Awards Committee Chairperson and member, Conference Committee member, Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer. He was a founding member, Treasurer of NAOBI-Atlanta, and supporter of the membership committee. Furthermore, Eric was a prominent accountant facilitating workshops on the national, regional, and local levels. He also served as the Silent Auction Chairperson for IIDS’s Impartation Conference for several years.
Eric gave so much and had so much to offer. His attention to detail never left any organization lacking in excellence. He will forever remain a true example of an outstanding member.
Criteria of an Outstanding Member
NAOBI-Atlanta will cover the cost of one EIPA, NIC, or other diagnostic exam up to $200.
NAOBI-Atlanta will cover the cost of one conference registration for an Interpreting Conference such as a NAOBI, RID, GaRID, Impartation, or Silent Weekend Conference up to $200.
*At the November meeting, one or at most two members, if it is too close for the Board to distinguish between two members, who has/have best exhibited the criteria of an outstanding member will be awarded one of the above awards. Certificates for the above awards will expire one year after being awarded. Payment will be mailed directly to the selected organization with the member's application and/or registration form. If no one has exhibited the criteria listed of an outstanding member, then this particular award is not given.