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CNIB's Virtual Program Offerings

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Join us! Whether it’s children and youth groups, employment workshops, tech sessions or book clubs, our innovative programs are designed to educate, entertain and engage! Our free programs are available to Canadians who are blind or partially sighted as well as their families, friends and caregivers.

We kindly ask participants to register for programs at least one business day before the start date. If you can’t join us, register anyway. If a program is recorded, we’ll send the recording to registered participants. When registering, please provide your first name and last name, as well as any accessibility accommodations you require to attend and fully participate in the program.

Below, you'll find a snapshot of some of our global virtual program offerings. *For local program offerings in your province, visit: cnib.ca/en/event.

Advocacy

Guide Dog AdvoCamp
June 10 to June 12, 2022 at CNIB Lake Joe. Guide Dog AdvoCamp is a weekend for guide dog teams to get together to learn, network with other guide dog handlers from across the country, and enjoy the beauty of Lake Joe! With a focus on guide dog access rights and self-advocacy, there will also be plenty of opportunities for recreation and fun! Register Now.

Tuesday, May 24

Advocacy "I Need to Tell you Something" Disclosure Series
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, May 25

Advocacy Success Speaker Series
Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Thursday, May 26

Government of Canada’s first annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI)
Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27. Learn More.

Sharing Our Stories: Community Engagement Volunteers
Thursday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, May 27

Government of Canada’s first annual Canadian Congress on Disability Inclusion (CCDI)
Thursday, May 26 & Friday, May 27. Learn More.

Tuesday, May 31

Advocacy "I Need to Tell you Something" Disclosure Series
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Children & Youth

2022 Braille Creative Writing Contest
Calling all aspiring young writers! The 2022 Braille Creative Writing Contest is now accepting entries. Write a short story, essay, or poem on any topic or re-purpose something you've written for school this year! Show off your creative writing talents for a chance to win cash prizes. The contest is open to primary and secondary students (grades K-12) who are blind or partially sighted and live in Canada. Submit your short story, essay, or poem on any topic (in English or French) by May 31, 2022. Learn More.

CNIB Learning Academy - Junior Explorers (grades 7-8)
July 4  to July 15, 2022 from 12-1 p.m. EDT.  Get started in the CNIB Learning Academy with this unique summer experience of self-discovery! Participants will explore their skills and strengths, hear from people with sight loss bout their careers, and learn about best practices for success in high school. For just an hour a day over ten weekdays, attendees can begin to build foundations for secondary school transition and plant the seeds for early career recognition and exploration. Program content will be delivered in a fun and engaging style utilizing group games, challenges, and chats. Learn More.

CNIB Learning Academy - Young Achievers (grades 9-10)
July 4 to July 15, 2022 from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. This bridge program to Learning Academy’s SCORE Scholars provides students serious about their academic and long-term career goals with important tools for the future. Fundamental analytical and goal setting skills are introduced to build an individualized map for success. Early volunteer, summer and part time jobs are discussed in relationship to long term school and career aspirations. Special guest speakers who live with sight loss and are leaders in their field will provide personal stories for inspiration. Extra support and guidance participants will be provided by assigned mentors from the SCORE Scholars program. Learn More.

CNIB Scholarship Applications are now open!
CNIB's scholarship program awards multiple scholarships, bursaries and other awards to people who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their educational aspirations and achievements. This year, we have two new offerings: the KPMG scholarship and the Dr. Phiroz N. Dastoor memorial scholarship. If you are pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate or apprenticeship program, we encourage you to apply. Applications close June 27, 2022. Learn more about scholarships and awards.

Tuesday, May 24

Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, May 25

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, May 26

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, May 30

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Music for Kids – Monday Session
Every Monday, 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, May 31

Music for Kids – Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Zoom Room
Every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Tuesday Session
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, June 1

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Wednesday Session
Every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Zoom Zoom Room
Every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, June 2

Read Aloud to Me: Stories for Children - Thursday Session
Every Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now

Western Canada Youth Leadership
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Register Now

Tween Zoom Hangout
Every Thursday, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Culture, Sport & Recreation, including Peer Support

SPIRIT Club – an online fitness platform! 
Registered SPIRIT Club members have access to a suite of accessible and scalable virtual exercises and healthy lifestyle classes, including fitness, Zumba, boxing, yoga, meditation, healthy cooking, etc. Classes are developed and taught by fitness trainers. Equipment is not required. Learn more

Tuesday, May 24

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBBY Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Cooking with Luc
Tuesday, May 24, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

LGBTQ2S+ Pride Connection
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Scattergories
Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, May 25

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Yarnivores
Wednesday, May 25, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Diabetes & Vision Loss Group
Wednesday, May 25, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Smartphone Photography Club
Wednesday, May 25, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Games and Trivia
Wednesday, May 25, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Music Social
Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Campfire Songs & Stories
Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday, May 26

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Bible Study Group
Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Mind Power Life Coaching
Thursday, May 26, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Guide Dogs in Nova Scotia
Thursday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Trivia
Thursday, May 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Family Feud
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Working Voices Support Group
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Register Now.

Friday, May 27

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Reading Room
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday Fun Trivia
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga
Every Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group
Friday, May 27, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Coffee-Talks
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Saturday, May 28

Parenting With Sight Loss Group
Saturday, May 28, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Monday, May 30

Let's Get Gardening
Every Monday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Black Voices United
Monday, May 30, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Sensing Art - May Flowers
Monday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, May 31

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Coffee Break
Every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Eastern Canada Social Meet Up
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBBY Mindfulness Through Music
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

The Good News Spotlight
Every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday Games
Every Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Coffee Chat Group
Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Register Now.

Chair Yoga
Every Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, June 1

The Bookends Book Club
Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wednesday Social Hour
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

DJ You: A Music Listening Party
Wednesday, June 1, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Gentle Yoga 
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Campfire Songs & Stories
Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Harry Potter Games Night
Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Music and Friends
Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Newfoundland Time. Register Now.

Thursday, June 2

Western Social Meetup
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time. Register Now.

Bible Study Group
Every Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Thursday Games
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

LOBBY Seated Dance Fitness
Every Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Name That Tune
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday, June 3

CNIBLakeJoe@Home: Reading Room
Every Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Friday Fun Trivia
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Mandarin and Cantonese Yoga
Every Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Virtual Relaxation Yoga
Every Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Virtual Coffee Group
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Register Now.

Coffee-Talks
Every Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Accessible Yoga
Every Monday & Friday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Song Bingo Game Night
Friday, June 3, 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Saturday, June 4

Old Time Radio
Saturday, June 4, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Help us Build the Plan – Developing CNIB's next strategic plan

In 2022, CNIB is embarking on one of the most active engagement efforts in its history. As we continue to change what it is to be blind, we're connecting with tens of thousands of people with sight loss to develop our next strategic plan – set to launch in 2023. If you've experienced sight loss, we want to hear from you. This community consultation process will help us chart an ambitious course that will move the needle on important issues that are facing Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Share your perspectives by completing the survey.

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Learning & Employment

CNIB Scholarship Applications are now open!
CNIB's scholarship program awards multiple scholarships, bursaries and other awards to people who are blind or partially sighted in recognition of their educational aspirations and achievements. This year, we have two new offerings: the KPMG scholarship and the Dr. Phiroz N. Dastoor memorial scholarship. If you are pursuing a post-secondary diploma, degree, skilled trades certificate or apprenticeship program, we encourage you to apply. Applications close June 27, 2022. Learn more about scholarships and awards.

Microsoft Online Certification Courses
Free online certification courses. Learn More.

Thursday, May 26

Virtual Working Voices Support Group
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, May 31

Venture Pool - Writing Grant & Funding Proposals for Business
Tuesday, May 31, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, June 28

Venture Pool - NDA (Non-Disclosure) Discussions for Business
Tuesday, June 28, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

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Technology

CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home
CNIB SmartLife brings the showroom to you! The CNIB SmartLife Tech @ Home program allows participants to test cutting-edge accessible devices from the comfort of their own homes and beyond. Through this program, we are able to reach more Canadians with sight loss than ever before – no matter where they reside. Learn More.

Tuesday, May 24

Tech Talk Online
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, May 25

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

Thursday, May 26

Introduction to Photography
Thursday, May 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Smartphone Photography: Beyond the Basics
Thursday, May 26, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Tuesday, May 31

Tech It Out: What’s New in Home AI
Tuesday, May 31, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Tech Talk Online
Every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Register Now.

Wednesday, June 1

Techstravaganza
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Register Now.

Wireless Wednesday
Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register Now.

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Vision Mate

Virtual Vision Mate Program
To sign up to be matched with a Virtual Vision Mate, visit cnib.ca/virtualvisionmate.

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