The Lighthouse of Broward Executive Director Dr. Elly du Pré announced the addition to her staff of two new veterans in the field of training for people who are blind or visual impairment.


Dolores Hanley McDiarmid, who previously worked for the Lighthouse from 1997 to 2006, has nearly 30 years experience working in rehabilitation services. She was named public awareness project manager at the Lighthouse.

She has held positions with the Division of Blind Services, Broward County Transit and, most recently, Comfort Keepers nonmedical caregiver services. Her current responsibilities at the Lighthouse, made possible through a stimulus grant from the Division of Blind Services, include increasing the awareness of Lighthouse services among physicians as well as community groups where visually impaired individuals most often frequent, such as churches and synagogues.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in learning disabilities from Florida Atlantic University, a master’s degree in visual disabilities from Florida State University, and a master’s degree in pastoral ministries from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. The recipient of nearly a dozen awards for work with the blind community, she also has written a number of articles about issues related to visual impairment and is an active volunteer in the local community. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband, John.


Jeanette R. Contant-Galitello, a professional musician who has been legally blind since birth, was named job preparation instructor. A seasoned business owner herself, she is responsible for helping other blind and visually impaired working age individuals develop the business skills they need to gain employment and financial independence.

The British Trinidadian recently moved from London to Coconut Creek with her husband and 8-year-old son. She operated a successful music company, Kiskadee Music,Inc., in London and the United States for nearly 10 years and previously worked as an account executive for BBC Worldwide in London. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Surrey in London and is fluent in French.

“We are fortunate to have found these two uniquely qualified individuals,” said du Pré. “Their talents and experiences will enable us to be even more effective in helping our clients lead productive, independent lives.”


Lighthouse of Broward

The Lighthouse of Broward is a 501 ( c ) 3 charity that serves blind and visually impaired babies, adults and seniors. All services are tailored to meet individual needs, based on assessments conducted by certified professionals. These professional identify the exact skills needed for the Lighthouse client to achieve maximum independence.

Accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairment (NAC), Lighthouse of Broward is a United Way partner agency and member of the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind and is sponsored by State of Florida, Department of Education/Division of Blind Services. Operating funds are raised through grants and donations from individual and corporate supporters.

If you know someone who is blind or visually impaired or would like to make a donation, contact the Lighthouse at 954-463-4217 or 650 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 or donate online:

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