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Seven Colourful CNIB Lake Joe staff t-shirts from over the years.

CNIB Lake Joe Staff & Volunteer Alumni

Since CNIB Lake Joe first opened its doors in 1961, staff and volunteers like you have been creating life-changing opportunities for people with sight loss and their families. You made a difference then, and we invite you to continue making a difference now as part of the CNIB Lake Joe Staff & Volunteer Alumni. It’s easy, fun and free!

Get started

If you are a current or past staff member or volunteer, simply complete a short online questionnaire to become a member. There’s no fee to join!

Have fun

Once you’ve signed-up, we’ll start connecting you with like-minded individuals who share a passion and commitment to CNIB Lake Joe. Some will be old friends you toasted marshmallows with at the campfire back in the day. Others will be friends you haven’t met yet! We will be hosting fun “pop up” camp alumni events online and in person (when it’s safe to do so) at Lake Joe and in your local communities. We’re hosting our first virtual CNIB Lake Joe Alumni Mix ‘n’ Mingle on Tuesday, April 27, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom and would love for you to join us! Register as an Alumni and follow the link to a special CNIB Lake Joe Alumni Facebook group to RSVP for this event.

Stay in the loop

We will also share news you can use about what’s new and exciting at CNIB Lake Joe. We hope you’ll see how your achievements have made it possible for Lake Joe to grow, evolve and adapt to constant changes. 

Key Projects

As part of our growing CNIB Lake Joe community, you can create your legacy for future generations of people with sight loss! There are two important initiatives we are working on for alumni who want to roll up their sleeves:

  • Send 'kids of all ages' to camp: As you know most people with sight loss who would greatly benefit from camp cannot afford to come. Supporting our subsidy and bursary programs removes barriers of registration and transportation costs, enabling more campers to experience the 'magic of camp'.
  • Build “Billy’s Bunkie”: The last original 1961 building on site will be retrofitted and repurposed as a dedicated space where staff and volunteers come together for team building, training, program planning, recharging and refreshing. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting this building, you know how important this is! We want to name this building in honour of Bill Vastis, a passionate advocate, loyal mentor and devoted CNIB Lake Joe team member who passed away unexpectedly January, 2019. It was always his dream to have an active Lake Joe alumni.

Please help us spread the word about this awesome alumni opportunity to all your Lake Joe contacts (staff and volunteers). The more the merrier!

If you have questions – or suggestions! – please contact Sherri Helsdingen, Lead, Community Engagement and Team Operations at Sherri.Helsdingen@cnib.ca or 705-241-2907.