Ontario Events

Whether it’s a golf tournament, a garage sale or a black-tie gala with all the trimmings, CNIB events are a fantastic way to have a great time while supporting an organization that’s making a difference in your community.

Browse the list below for upcoming events happening in Ontario. Or click here to find other ways to support CNIB.

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Upcoming Events

Barrie: Health & Self Health and Wellness Show April 17, 2018

4/17/2018 10:00 AM

Bayfield Mall, 320 Bayfield Street, Barrie

Hosted by Superior Home Health Care, this free event is a great way to get lots of information about seniors' wellness (aging at home, falls prevention, etc.), natural wellness (holistic and alternative medicine), complete wellness (massage, chiropractic care), and community wellness (financial & legal planning, travel, fitness). CNIB will be hosting an information table so stop by and say hi!

Audio Book Club (Whitby) April 17, 2018

4/17/2018 1:00 PM

Whitby Public Library, 405 Dundas St.W

Whitby Audio Book Club: Tues., April 17, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Whitby Public Library (405 Dundas St. West) To learn more, email Sharon Johnston mapaj2000@yahoo.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sharon Johnston

Contact Email: mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

Customizing your iPhone / iPad Device April 17, 2018

4/17/2018 1:30 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

Tues., April 17, 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m. This session will teach participants how to optimize privacy and security on your iPhone or iPad. Learn how to: manage notifications, privacy settings, passwords & more. *Space is limited, please RSVP with Shane.Laurnitus@cnib.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Shane Laurnitus; 416-486-2500,,7459

Contact Email: Shane.Laurnitus@cnib.ca

Toastmasters Club April 18, 2018

4/18/2018 6:00 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

Learn how to effectively organize, formulate and communicate your ideas to others! Open to everyone in the community - not just CNIB participants. To learn more, email Karen.Brophey@cnib.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Karen Brophey , 416-486-2500 ext 3180

Contact Email: karen.brophey@cnib.ca

VIEWS for the Visually Impaired, Annual General Meeting April 21, 2018

4/21/2018 9:00 AM

CNIB 1929 Bayview, Toronto, M4G 3E8

VIEWS for the Visually Impaired, with support from CNIB would like to invite families with children who are blind, low-vision or deaf-blind to join their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ CNIB, 1929 Bayview Ave. Presentations include: • “Understanding the IEP Process” with Dan Maggiacomo, Principal of W. Ross Macdonald School and guests • CNIB Rehab • CNIB Foundation • Ontario Blind Sports Association • Special Address – “The Pressing Need to Substantially Increase the Training and Qualifications to Work in an Ontario School as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI)” by David Lepofsky and Kevin Stewart AGM to follow presentations. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch provided. Free admission. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/views-ontario-2018-anual-general-meeting-tickets-44463524599?utm_term=eventname_text

Contact Name/Phone Number: Jeffrey Rainey

Contact Email: jeffreyrainey94@gmail.com

Be Your Own Boss: Entrepreneurship Exploration Meetup April 24, 2018

4/24/2018 6:00 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

Do you dream of being your own boss and want to learn more about self-employment? Have a brilliant idea for an app or product but don't know how to make it a reality? Are you an entrepreneur and want to learn about the different resources available to people with sight loss? Join Kevin Shaw, Founder and CEO of TellMe TV, at an exclusive entrepreneurship meetup to mix and mingle with other entrepreneurs and learn more about self-employment. Discover how to create opportunities for self-employment, what it takes to be self-employed, how to turn an idea into a successful business, and explore community resources available. When: Tuesday, April 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Where: CNIB Community Hub (1525 Yonge Street.) Register Today! Space is limited. Email Entrepreneurship@cnib.ca

Contact Name/Phone Number: Kevin Shaw

Contact Email: Kevin.Shaw@cnib.ca.

Temiskaming Centennial Celebration April 25, 2018

4/25/2018 12:00 PM

Town Of Temiskaming Shores, Haileybury

CNIB is celebrating a century of change. March 31, 2017 marked the first day of our 100th year. Since we were founded in 1918 by veterans who were blinded in World War I and the Halifax Explosion, we have been creating programs, providing services and advocating to change the lives of people with sight loss – from children and youth, to adults and seniors. Today, we are Canada’s leading sight loss service organization. Come on out and join us for a flag raising ceremony, share some storytelling and of course have some cake!

Contact Name/Phone Number: Rose Jobin-White

Contact Email: rose.jobin-white@cnib.ca

Audio Book Club (Oshawa) April 25, 2018

4/25/2018 2:00 PM

250 Beatrice Branch Library, Oshawa

Oshawa Audio Book Club: Wed., April 25, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Oshawa Public Library (250 Beatrice St. East) To learn more, email Sharon Johnston mapaj2000@yahoo.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sharon Johnston

Contact Email: mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

Penetanguishene: Diabetes and Your Eyes April 25, 2018

4/25/2018 6:15 PM

Penetanguishene Legion, 2 Poyntz Street, Penetanguishene

Hosted by Diabetes Canada in collaboration with the Penetanguishene Lions, Ophthalmologist Dr. Daniel Scanlan will talk about diabetes and the eye. This is a free event with refreshments and vendors including CNIB.   For more information, contact event organizers at 705-245-7611.

Contact Name/Phone Number: 705-245-7611

Woodturning April 26, 2018

4/26/2018 6:30 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

Woodturning: Thurs., April 5 & 26, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Participants will tackle a new project at every meeting. *Space is limited, please RSVP with Brian.McLean@cnib.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Brian McLean, 416 486-2500,,7618

Contact Email: Brian.McLean@cnib.ca

Eyes Forward Support Group (Whitby) April 27, 2018

4/27/2018 10:00 AM

Whitby Senior Centre, 801 Brock Street

Whitby Eyes Forward Support Group: Fri., April 27, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Whitby Senior Centre (801 Brock St.) Eyes Forward is a drop-in support group for people adjusting to sight loss. To learn more, email Sharon Johnston mapaj2000@yahoo.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sharon Johnston

Contact Email: mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

The Braille Club (new!) April 27, 2018

4/27/2018 3:30 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

A casualgathering for all who are interested in exploring braille. An opportunity to learn, engage and share. All are welcome - not just CNIB participants. To learn more, email Karen.Brophey@cnib.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Karen Brophey , 416-486-2500 ext 3180

Contact Email: karen.brophey@cnib.ca

Markham Support Group April 28, 2018

4/28/2018 11:00 AM

Toronto Christian Community Church (TCCC), 100 Acadia Avenue, Markham, ON (north of Steele)

VIP Support Group - Markham. This group offers peer support by people who are experiencing sight loss. Listening ears, people who have been there too, and options for improving your life. The group speeks in Cantonese but translation is available. Part 1: Workshop or group discussion Part 2: Lunch (no cost but donations are accepted) Location: Toronto Christian Community Church (TCCC), 100 Acadia Avenue, Markham, ON (north of Steele) Date: last Saturday of the month (ongoing)

Contact Name/Phone Number: Danny Leung; 416-725-3269

Contact Email: danny.leung@joybeyondvision.ca

Parents Educational Resources for Kids (PERK) April 29, 2018

4/29/2018 1:30 PM

CNIB Community Hub - 1525 Yonge Street

A support program for parents of children with sight loss, combined with interactive family recreational events. To learn more,email Rhonda.Underhill-Gray@cnib.ca.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Rhonda Underhill-Gray, 647-535-8962

Contact Email: Rhonda.Underhill-Gray@cnib.ca

Simcoe/Muskoka - Apple Accessibility Session: VoiceOver May 03, 2018

5/3/2018 12:30 PM

Apple store, Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket

Experts at the Apple Store provide one-hour accessibility sessions for people who blind or partially sighted. This particular session will focus on VoiceOver for people who are blind. With a maximum of six attendees per group, you'll learn about the basics of using assistive technologies for sight loss that are built into every iPad, and iPhone. Bring your own iPad or iPhone to follow-along and get set-up or simply come to learn and browse. There is no fee for this one-hour session (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.). Transportation leaves CNIB office (20 Anne Street South, Barrie) at 12:30 p.m., returning by 4:30 p.m.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sherri Helsdingen, 705-728-3352 ext. 5289

Contact Email: sherri.helsdingen@cnib.ca

York Region Centennial Celebration May 03, 2018

5/3/2018 4:00 PM

Cosmo Music Hall, 10 Via Renzo Dr., Richmond Hill

On CNIB's 100th anniversary, we're here to celebrate our storied past – and to look ahead to a bold, ambitious future for people with sight loss in Canada. Join us for a celebration in Richmond Hill on May 3 at Cosmo Music Hall. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP with Leslie Deane leslie.deane@cnib.ca. 437-991-5134

Contact Name/Phone Number: Leslie Deane leslie.deane@cnib.ca. 437-991-5134

Contact Email: Leslie Deane leslie.deane@cnib.ca. 437-991-5134

St Catharines Guide Dog Group May 04, 2018

5/4/2018 10:00 AM

Mahtay Café & lounge, 241 St Paul St, St Catharines, ON L2R 3M7

This group is for individuals who have a guide dog or considering getting one to share stories and support each other. Those wanting information or support are welcome to come.  Come see what having a guide dog is all about!  This group meets four times a year, September, November, March and May.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Ruth Millard at 1-800-265-4127 x 5159

Contact Email: Ruth.millard@cnib.ca

Durham Region Centennial Celebration May 06, 2018

5/6/2018 2:00 PM

Ajax Lions Hall. 500 Clements Rd W.

Celebrate a century of change with us! Join CNIB in The Regional Municipality of Durham for a 1918 themed tea party in celebration of CNIB's 100th Anniversary. Sunday, May 6, 2:00 - 5p.m. at Ajax Lions Hall. 500 Clements Rd W. Featuring: - Songs by the Sweet Adelines - Tea talk with Author and Tea Sommelier, Linda Gaylard - A look at CNIB's origins - Catering provided by Vintage Tea Party RSVP to Leslie Deane leslie.deane@cnib.ca. 437-991-5134

Contact Name/Phone Number: Leslie Deane 437-991-5134

Contact Email: leslie.deane@cnib.ca

Kingston Post Secondary Connect Program May 10, 2018

5/10/2018 10:00 AM

St. Lawrence College (room TBD), 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, ON K7L 5A6

This is a full day workshop that offers youth (grade 10-12) and young adults who are blind or partially sighted, the opportunity to learn about the services provided to assist in the transition to post secondary. Workshop topics include how to set up accommodations, applying for OSAP, bursaries available through CNIB, assistive technology, and more. There will also be a parent question and answer session near the end of the workshop. If interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday April 30th, 2018.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Caitlin Bruce, Program Lead, Peer Support and Youth Empowerment (613-542-4975 x. 5064)

Contact Email: caitlin.bruce@cnib.ca

Simcoe/Muskoka Apple Accessibility Session: Low Vision May 10, 2018

5/10/2018 12:30 PM

Apple Store, Upper Canada Mall, Newmarket

Experts at the Apple Store provide one-hour accessibility sessions for people who blind or partially sighted. This particular session will focus on Low Vision settings for people who are partially sighted. With a maximum of six attendees per group, you'll learn about the basics of using assistive technologies for sight loss that are built into every iPad, and iPhone. Bring your own iPad or iPhone to follow-along and get set-up or simply come to learn and browse. There is no fee for this one-hour session (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.). Transportation leaves CNIB office (20 Anne Street South, Barrie) at 12:30 p.m., returning by 4:30 p.m.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sherri Helsdingen, 705-728-3352 ext. 5289

Contact Email: sherri.helsdingen@cnib.ca

Mississauga Support Group May 12, 2018

5/12/2018 11:00 AM

Mississauga

VIP Support Group - Mississauga. This group offers peer support by people who are experiencing sight loss. Listening ears, people who have been there too, and options for improving your life. Part 1: Workshop or group discussion Part 2: Lunch (no cost but donations are accepted Location: Mississauga Date: Saturday May 12th, 2nd Saturday of the month, every second month (Jan, March, May July, Sept and Nov - ongoing) Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Language: Group speaks in Cantonese but interpretation is possible. Danny is also open to starting a group in English if there is interest. So if you want an English-speaking group, contact Danny.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Danny Leung; 416-725-3269

Contact Email: danny.leung@joybeyondvision.ca

Barrie: Opening Doors for Accessibility May 16, 2018

5/16/2018 8:30 AM

Liberty North, 100 Caplan Ave., Barrie

March of Dimes is hosting this one-day conference for individuals living with a disability, health professionals, service providers, caregiver/partners or family members. It’s a free event with speakers, lunch, and exhibitors including CNIB. There’s limited seating so register now.

Contact Name/Phone Number: Emily Zimmermann at 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7305

Event Web Page: https://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/events/special/Pages/Opening-Doors-for-Accessibility.aspx

Peel Region Centennial Celebration May 19, 2018

5/19/2018 11:00 AM

Paul Coffey Park 3430 Derry Rd East, Mississauga, ON

Celebrate a century of change with us! Join CNIB in Peel Region for a Party in the Park to celebrate CNIB's 100th Anniversary. Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. at Paul Coffey Park 3430 Derry Rd East, Mississauga, ON Featuring: -A food truck -A clown -Braille face painting -and loads of other fun activities! RSVP to Leslie Deane leslie.deane@cnib.ca. 437-991-5134

Contact Name/Phone Number: Leslie Deane. 437-991-5134

Contact Email: leslie.deane@cnib.ca

Eyes Forward Group (Whitby) August 24, 2018

8/24/2018 10:00 AM

Whitby Senior Centre, 801 Brock Street

Eyes Forward is a drop in support group for people adjusting to sight loss. The host, Sharon Johnston, brings in speakers to talk about things of interest to members of the group

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sharon Johnston

Contact Email: mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

Eyes Forward Group (Oshawa) September 12, 2018

9/12/2018 10:00 AM

43 John St. Senior Centre, Oshawa

Second Wednesday each month except July, August and December

Contact Name/Phone Number: Sharon Johnston

Contact Email: mapaj2000@yahoo.ca

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