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September CNIB British Columbia Newsletter

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In this Issue:

Announcements
Vision Loss Rehabilitation News
CNIB British Columbia Advocacy Efforts and Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Support Groups and Support Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Philanthropy Efforts
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Children and Youth Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Career and Employment Groups and Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Culture, Sports and Recreation Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Technology Groups and Programs
CNIB Foundation British Columbia Programs Contacts
Volunteer Opportunities

For more information on our exciting programs and services give us your email, call 604-431-2121 or email infobc@cnib.ca or sign up for the newsletter.

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Announcements

Vancouver Foundation Programs Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 21, 2019, from 10:00-4:00 p.m. The purpose of the open house is to showcase the various workshops CNIB Vancouver has to offer. RSVP by Monday, September 16, 2019 or by emailing program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca.

Phone It Forward
Donate your old smartphone to the Phone it Forward program and change the life of someone with vision loss. Prepaid donation envelopes available at a CNIB office or call 1-833-554-5020. Click https://bit.ly/2MVRY7L to access the Phone It Forward web page.

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Vision Loss Rehabilitation News

Vision Loss Rehabilitation on Location Days

The Vision Loss Rehabilitation team in British Columbia will be traveling across the province over the coming months. Onsite, at each of the locations below,  our staff will be providing low vision assessments, community outreaches, orientation, mobility, and independent living skills. Assistive technology, career & employment counselling and shop items will also be available for purchase. Information sessions about technology, eye conditions, and peer support will also take place. To pre-book an appointment with one of our specialists, or more information, call in the North, 306-374-4545 in the South, 306-525-2571.  

Qualicum
When: September 18 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Where: 180 Veterans Way - Royal Canadian Legion Branch #76 

Nanaimo
When: September 19 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Where: 2300 Bowen Road - Beban Park - Social Centre Lounge C.

Duncan
When: October 23 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
Where: 2687 James Street - Island Savings Centre - Mesachie Room

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CNIB British Columbia Advocacy Efforts and Programs

Accessible Election Info Session

The purpose of this workshop is to help educate participants to vote independently through accessibility tools. Sample kits will be available in the demonstration. 

Chilliwack
Where: 45580 Spadina Ave
When: September 30th
Time: 10:30-12:00 p.m.

Abbotsford
Where: 7-2630 Bourquin Crescent West
When: September 30th
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Self-Advocacy Workshops

The Self-Advocacy Workshop is for blind/partially-sighted individuals to learn about self-advocacy and understand human rights. In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn how to identify when you are being mistreated/discriminated against, discuss the different types of advocacy and what kind of advocacy work is happening today. Learn how to advocate for yourself following the step-by-step guide, and become a confident self-advocate in an inclusive environment. If you are interested in this workshop, please contact Ruanne Vent-Schmidt at 604-431-2121 ext. 6004, or email: Ruanne.Vent-Schmidt@cnib.ca for registrations.

*Limited space is available

Vancouver
Where: 200-5055 Joyce Street
When: TBA.
Time: TBA.

Kelowna
Where: #101-1456 St Paul St.
When: TBA
Time: TBA

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Support Groups and Support Programs

Vision Odyssey: Adjustment to Vision Loss

The Vision Odyssey Workshop is a six-week workshop that assists individuals in adjustment to vision loss. This is an opportunity to help people with vision loss find normalcy in gaining a sense of independence after losing one's sight. Guest speakers from VLRC will share various independent techniques and tips that will help individuals adapt and thrive.

Victoria
Where: 2340 Richmond Road
When: Every Tuesday, October 22 - November 26, 2019.
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Vancouver
Where: 200-5055 Joyce Street
When: Every Tuesday, September 10 - October 15, 2019.
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Abbotsford
Where: 7-2630 Bourquin Crescent West
When: Every Tuesday.
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

For information on all British Columbia CNIB advocacy and peer support programs, please contact Ruanne Vent-Schmidt at 604-431-2121 ext. 6004 or email: Ruanne.Vent-Schmidt@cnib.ca.

Peer Support Group

*For individuals ages 55+ who are blind or partially sighted* 

This group allows participants to connect with others who are experiencing similar circumstances to participate in social gatherings and have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers about a variety of topics relevant to vision loss.

Victoria (Teleconference Available)
Where: 2340 Richmond Road
When: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Vancouver - Working Age
Where: 200-5055 Joyce Street
When: First Tuesday of every month.
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Vancouver - Seniors
Where: 200-5055 Joyce Street
When: Third Wednesday of every month.
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Vancouver - Blind Parents
Where: 200-5055 Joyce Street
When: Last Monday of every month.
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Abbotsford
Where: 7-2630 Bourquin Crescent West
When: First and Third Tuesday of every month.
Time:  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Prince George
Where: 100-490 Quebec Street
When: Bi-weekly on Tuesday starting on September 3rd
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Kelowna
Where: 101-1456 St Paul Street
When: Third Wednesday of every month.
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Kamloops Bedford Manor
Where: CNIB, 190-546 St Paul Street
When: First Tuesday of other month starting September 5th.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Kamloops River Bend Manor
Where: 760 Mayfair Street
When: Last Thursday of every month.
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Whitehorse, Yukon
Where: TBA.
When: TBA.
Time: TBA.

For information on all British Columbia CNIB advocacy and peer support programs contact Ruanne Vent-Schmidt at 604-431-2121 ext. 6004, or email: Ruanne.Vent-Schmidt@cnib.ca.

Vision Mate Program

Our Vision Mate Program matches individuals living with vision loss with specially-trained volunteers who offer companionship and one-on-one assistance with day-to-day tasks and errands.
Vision mate volunteers assist individuals with a variety of activities, including reading mail, grocery shopping, errands, labeling and organizing household items, as well as enjoying leisure and recreational activities together – like playing cards and going for walks.

For information on the Vision Mate Programs:

  • In the Lower Mainland and South Coast, please contact Melisa Tang Choy at 604-431-2121 ext. 6032 or email: Melisa.TangChoy@cnib.ca
  • In the Southern Interior and Northern BC, please contact Rebekah McCallum at 250-763-1191 ext. 6180 or email: Rebekah.Mccallum@cnib.ca
  • On Vancouver Island please contact Debbie Erb at 250-595-1100 ext. 6108 or email: Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Philanthropy Efforts

All of our programs are made possible by philanthropy efforts. This is where we engage the public to act and champion the cause of empowering people amongst us. We put together fun and educational events that create opportunities for our community to get involved and make a difference. To find any updates that are not shown on this newsletter, please contact Shalon Morrison at 604-431-2121 ext. 6012 or email: Shalon.Morrison@cnib.ca

Yoga in the Dark

Yoga in the Dark is an exciting opportunity for local communities to partner with CNIB and practice yoga with a twist. In a blindfolded yoga class, participants are guided through various poses to briefly simulate sight loss, leaving rejuvenated, blissful, and inspired. Yoga in the Dark provides communities with a fun and safe experience to engage friends, and families to get involved and have a direct impact on the lives of those who are blind or partially sighted. 

Richmond
Where: 6168 London Road, Unit #140
When: September 20th
Time: 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM

Victoria Marathon

On October 13, 2019 we are celebrating the 40th Annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon! Join us for all the celebrations. The GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon is a beautiful, seaside course with some mild undulations. CNIB will be participanting in this event, we hope to see you there with us. You can show support by making a pledge with this link or participate yourself in the run! For more information please contact Shalon Morrison at 604-431-2121 ext. 6012 or email: Shalon.Morrison@cnib.ca

Victoria
Where: Downtown Victoria
When: October 13th
Time: First Starts at 6:30 AM

Light of Life in the Dark

Leaders from BC’s Chinese – Canadian Community will come together on Saturday, November 9th to raise funds and awareness for CNIB Foundation programs in British Columbia. Guests will be treated to a journey of the senses while experiencing dining in the dark, breathtaking entertainment, and the opportunity to bid on unique auction items. This year’s gala will be raising funds for an important project at CNIB Foundation, Vision Odyssey Peer Support Program.  This program offers a safe and confidential space where participants learn about adjustment to vision loss and share experiences with others who are experiencing vision loss. With your support, we can elevate Vision Odyssey to levels greater than we ever imagined. For ticket information please contact Shalon Morrison at 604-431-2121 ext. 6012 or email: Shalon.Morrison@cnib.ca

Richmond
Where: River Rock Casino and Resort
When: November 9th
Time: Reception starts at 6PM

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Career and Employment Groups and Programs

Internship, Returnship and Mentorship

In partnership with employers, CNIB’s internship/returnship/mentorship program creates opportunities for people wanting to enter or re-enter the workforce. For information on all career and employment programs contact Henry Stuive at 604-431-2121 ext. 6028 or email: Henry.Stuive@cnib.ca.

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Children and Youth Programs

Programs designed for CNIB Children and youth and their families. For information on all British Columbia CNIB children and youth programs contact Emily McFarlane at 604-431-2121 ext. 6018 or email: Emily.McFarlane@cnib.ca.

Youth Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy for Children/Youth ages 7-16 with vision loss. Join together to grow together and enjoy music. This program is open and FREE for CNIB participant children and youth ages 7-16. Pre-registration required by emailing: program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca 

Victoria
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Monday starting September 16th
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Culture, Sports and Recreation Programs

Fun and social programs designed for all different ages and demographics of CNIB Participants and their families.

Adult Music Therapy Group

Music Therapy for adults with vision loss, join together to grow together. This program is a way for adults to connect with others within an engaging social environment. This is open and FREE to CNIB participants age of 19+. Pre-registration required by emailing: program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca 

Victoria
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Monday starting September 16th
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Vancouver
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Monday starting September 16th
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Victoria
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Monday starting September 16th
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Beginner Ukulele Class 

Interested in learning ukulele? Come join us! This group will focus on ukulele basics such as chords, notes, and instrument care so that you can learn to play your favourite tunes. Whether you love old-time country or today’s pop hits, this group has something for everyone! No previous musical experience required. The program is open and FREE to CNIB participants 8+. Pre-registration required by emailing: program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca.

Victoria
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Monday starting September 16th
Time: 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Music Jam Sessions

Looking for a space to play music and connect with others? Dust off that guitar, dig out those maracas, and get ready to jam! This group will focus on learning and playing music together in a relaxed setting. Song requests welcome! All levels of musicians welcome. This program is for Adult participants age 16+. Note: Some small percussion instruments will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own instrument of choice*. Pre-registration required by emailing: program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca.

Victoria
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: September 23th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Vancouver
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: October 23th
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dance Class (Low Impact/Seat-based)

Let’s dance! We will be working with Embrace Arts Foundation to run a low impact dance class for adults living with varying abilities. All levels of dance ability welcome, this class will be designed to participate from a seated position. Classes will be guided and instructor lead, but participant inspired so that participants are helping to build how the class is structured to them. This program will be for participants 19+. Pre-registration required by emailing: program.registration.bcy@cnib.ca.

Victoria 
Where: 1675 Douglas St Suite 102
When: Every Thursday starting September 19th
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Technology Groups and Programs

Assistive Technology 101 Workshop

In AT 101, we did our level best to wet your appetite with the power of technology. In this workshop, we’ll dive a little deeper into the accessibility features built into iPhones and Windows computers, such as Zoom, VoiceOver, Magnifier, and Narrator. We’ll also discuss commercial solutions like ZoomText and JAWS. But don’t worry: we won’t go all geeky … We want to show you the basics of how to make your device work for you!

The session is free and takes place at CNIB.

For more information or to register, please contact Craig Faris at Craig.Faris@cnib.ca or call 604-431-2121 ext. 6093.

Campbell 
Where: 1353 16th Ave, at Burwick by the Sea
When: September 17th
Time: 1:30-3:30 PM

Nanaimo 
Where: 2300 Bowen Road, at Beban Park Recreation Center (Room 8)
When: September 19th
Time: 10:30-12:00 PM

Assistive Technology 102 Workshop

Are friends and family always telling you it’s time to get an iPhone? Join us for the first in a series of workshops where we introduce technology in a down-to-earth manner. We’ll discuss devices controlled entirely with your voice, phones and computers with large-print and speech output – and so much more. Bring that tech-minded someone along and you’ll both be amazed how technology can transform every area of your life! 

Qualicum 
Where: 180 Veterans Way, Royal Canadian Legion #76
When: September 18th
Time: 10:30-12:00 PM

For more information or to register, please contact Craig Faris at Craig.Faris@cnib.ca or call 604-431-2121 ext. 6093.

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CNIB Foundation British Columbia Programs Contacts

For information on all British Columbia CNIB advocacy and peer support programs contact Ruanne Vent-Schmidt at 604-431-2121 ext. 6004 or email: Ruanne.Vent-Schmidt@cnib.ca.

For information on all British Columbia CNIB recreation, leisure and youth programs contact Emily McFarlane at 604-431-2121 ext. 6018 or email: Emily.McFarlane@cnib.ca.

For information on all career and employment programs contact Henry Stuive at 604-431-2121 ext. 6028 or email: Henry.Stuive@cnib.ca.

For information on all volunteer and ambassador programs:

  • In the Lower Mainland and South Coast, please contact Melisa Tang Choy at 604-431 2121 ext. 6032 or email: Melisa.TangChoy@cnib.ca
  • In the Southern Interior and Northern BC, please contact Rebekah McCallum at 250-763-1191 ext. 6180 or email: Rebekah.Mccallum@cnib.ca
  • On Vancouver Island please contact Debbie Erb at 250-595-1100 ext. 6108 or email: Debbie.Erb@cnib.ca

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Volunteer Opportunities

See below for our summary of our available opportunities across British Columbia and click here for more interesting opportunities.

Lower Mainland Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Vision Mates – Volunteers to work one-on-one with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.
  • Group Activities Assistant - Take part in a Culture and Recreation program while making a difference
  • Event Volunteers - Join one of our fundraising events while taking part in empowering others to dream boldly
  • Reception Volunteer - Answer phones and perform administrative tasks
  • Technology Program Assistant - Connect with others to unleash the power of technology
  • CNIB Ambassador - Engage with the community by educating the public about living with sight loss and CNIB programs

Fraser Valley Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Admin Volunteers - Answer phones and perform administrative tasks.
  • CNIB Ambassador - Engage with the community by educating the public about living with sight loss and CNIB programs

Southern Interior Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Admin Volunteers - Answer phones and perform administrative tasks.
  • CNIB Ambassador - Engage with the community by educating the public about living with sight loss and CNIB programs
  • Vision Mates – Volunteers to work one-on-one with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.
  • Group Activites Assistant - Take part in the activities while making a difference
  • Event Volunteers - join one of our events while taking part in empowering others to dream boldly
  • Technology Program Assistant - connect with others to unleash the power of technology

Northern British Columbia Volunteer Opportunities:

  • CNIB Ambassador - Engage with the community by educating the public about living with sight loss and CNIB programs
  • Vision Mates – Volunteers to work one-on-one with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.
  • Event Volunteers - join one of our events while taking part in empowering others to dream boldly

Vancouver Island Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Admin Volunteers - Answer phones and perform administrative tasks.
  • CNIB Ambassador - Engage with the community by educating the public about living with sight loss and CNIB programs
  • Vision Mates – Volunteers to work one-on-one with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.
  • Group Activites Assistant - Take part in the activities while making a difference

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