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Empowering youth with sight loss: Transformational gift from Scotiabank funds critical virtual programs

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In May of this year, just when quarantine restrictions were at their highest, CNIB received a transformational gift from Scotiabank to ensure the futures of youth with sight loss remain as bright as ever. 

Scotiabank's gift was crucial in allowing us to quickly shift our services and develop a wide range of virtual programs to help young people with sight loss when they needed it most. Not only are these programs helping youth stay connected and engaged while warding off significant isolation during the pandemic, they're also helping them build vital employment and leadership skills that will put them on the road to success in the future. 

Thanks to Scotiabank's generosity, so far nearly 450 young Canadians with sight loss have participated in these life-changing programs. And that's just the beginning.  

“From technology workshops to leadership initiatives to employment planning, Scotiabank’s support is helping us ensure young people with sight loss have everything they need to reach their potential,” says John M. Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB. “We want to thank Scotiabank for their long-term dedication and support, and for helping us continue to tear down barriers to inclusion.” 

Now, more than ever, programs like these are essential in helping youth with sight loss achieve their educational and vocational goals. With Scotiabank's exceptional commitment, CNIB has expanded our programming to equip more youth who are blind or partially sighted with the fundamental skills, confidence and opportunities they need to live their lives to the fullest, achieve success, and become leaders of the future. 

From all of us at CNIB, thank you, Scotiabank for your outstanding support!

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