Passing time with CNIB, Read to Me!
May 21, 2020
When COVID-19 began to emerge, it took the world by surprise. In what seemed like an instant, millions of lifestyles were changed when physical distancing measures were put in place. Like many around the world, Norma Cowell, a proud grandmother of three from London, Ontario, is facing the hardships created by the virus – including the loss of a dear friend.
Read the full interview here: Passing time with CNIB, Read to Me!
Living with sight loss during COVID-19
May 19, 2020
The CNIB Foundation recently checked in with Winnipeg’s Marianne Swarek, 89 years young, who was diagnosed with macular degeneration in her 40s. She spoke with us about living with sight loss during the pandemic – she shared the challenges she is facing as well as her advice for staying positive.
Read the full interview here: Living with sight loss during COVID-19
Ben Mulroney Chats with a Vision Mate Partnership
May 13, 2020
CNIB brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, meets with a Vision Mate partnership to discuss how the program has changed during COVID-19.
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Guide dog brings positivity during pandemic
May 11, 2020
Everyone is adapting to a world where everyday activities are vastly different than they were just two months ago. While adjusting to this new way of life, Ottawa’s Dr. Erin Maloney says her days are brighter because of her guide dog, Winston.
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How has COVID-19 impacted your life?
May 7, 2020
How has COVID-19 impacted your life? We might be physically apart, but it’s more important than ever to stay connected. Every day for a week, we posted a new question on our Facebook page for you to comment on. You shared your experiences and advice. Your stories and tips. Your perspective and your voice. We wanted to hear from you, and you delivered!
Here's what you told us: COVID-19 questions & answers
Ben Mulroney talks International Guide Dog Day
April 29, 2020
CNIB’s brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, talks about the importance of International Guide Dog Day with Diane Bergeron, President CNIB Guide Dogs.
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The more things change, the more they stay the same
April 27, 2020
When Nova Scotia's Mary Cogswell was matched with Kristin, a medical student at Dalhousie University, there was an instant connection in 2014. Since then, Kristin has been visiting Mary every week and providing sighted assistance as part of the CNIB Foundation's Vision Mate program.
Read the full interview here: The more things change, the more they stay the same
Comfort in cuddles
April 22, 2020
With schools closed due to COVID-19, children and youth across the country are finding themselves struggling with boredom. Calgary’s Zach Abdalla is no exception, though he’s finding comfort in a special companion, his CNIB Buddy Dog, Elsie. Thirteen-year-old Zach was already prepared to spend time away from school this spring, after undergoing Baerveldt Implant surgery on March 13. After a long and complicated journey with sight loss, this was his 19th eye surgery – his first one being at four months old. The surgery saved some of his remaining vision in his right eye.
Read the full interview here: Comfort in cuddles
A chat with Joan Kelley Walker and Angela Bonfanti
April 21, 2020
Award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian, Joan Kelley Walker, sits down with Angela Bonfanti, Senior Vice President, CNIB Foundation Programs for an intimate chat about COVID-19 and how it has impacted the sight loss community.
Watch the full interview here: A chat with Joan Kelley Walker and Angela Bonfanti
Ben Mulroney and CNIB Guide Dogs Buddy Team Zach and Elsie
April 6, 2020
CNIB Brand Ambassador, Ben Mulroney, chats with CNIB Guide Dogs buddy dog team, Zach and Elsie. Hear from Zach about how Elsie is helping him through COVID-19 social distancing and recovering from a recent surgery. Zach also tells Ben about his experience with CNIB’s virtual programs.
Watch the full interview here: Ben Mulroney and CNIB Guide Dogs Buddy Team Zach and Elsie
“Balcony jam sessions” bringing Toronto community (almost) together
April 2, 2020
Like many Canadians today, Christine Malec is looking to stay connected with her community and the world around her. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is isolating themselves from the outside world – but many don’t consider how challenging this can be for those with a disability. Ever since people started staying in their homes, Christine's been leading “balcony jam sessions” in her Toronto neighbourhood. Understanding how difficult isolation can be, she wanted to help make a difference in her community.
Read the full interview here: “Balcony jam sessions” bringing Toronto community (almost) together