The Marion Downs Center announced that Vickie Thomson, PhD, will be honored as the 2020 Legacy Award Recipient at the virtual Legacy Reception to take place Friday, November 6, from 6:30-8:00 PM MST.

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Vickie has spent her entire career as a clinical audiologist working with children. From 1992 to 2019, she served as the state-level Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Coordinator for Colorado. 

Vicki Thomson, PhD

Vickie worked with providers, families, and partners to develop a statewide comprehensive system of care from hearing screenings to early intervention, including parent support. She provided consultation to other states in developing EHDI programs as well. Working with many partners, especially families, Vickie helped to develop sustainable funding through the Colorado legislature. 

Marion Downs was Vickie’s mentor and Vickie aspired to continue Marion’s legacy of ensuring every infant receives a newborn hearing screening and timely follow-up, according to the Center.

This year’s Reception will be hosted by emcee Justin Osmond. As the son of Merrill Osmond, Justin has gone on to make a name for himself as a musician, speaker, author, and producer, all while overcoming significant hearing loss. 

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Justin’s family has been involved with Marion Downs since his initial diagnosis with many trips between Utah and Denver for audiology services. Justin previously worked as Director of Development for Marion Downs Center. 

Musical guests include Hazel Miller and Bathing Lagoon; this year’s event is sponsored by the Colorado Hearing Foundation, Oticon, Phonak, Audigy.

To RSVP for the event, please click here.

Source: Marion Downs Center

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