I’m a recent graduate of the University of Windsor’s biological sciences and psychology program. After graduating, I found myself with some time to give back to my community.
I’ve had several loved ones affected by vision loss, providing me with insight into the challenges they face. That motivated me to become a CNIB Vision Mate.
The staff at CNIB matched me with a client based on my interests, schedule and the services I want to provide. It’s a very flexible commitment. Our meetings fit both of our busy schedules and CNIB encourages open communication to ensure that both the Vision Mate and client are happy and comfortable with the arrangement.
I help my client with sighted tasks, such as reading mail, along with practising independent living skills, like walking with a white cane.
It’s been seven months and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience and the relationship we’ve developed.
Nothing can replace the social interactions that are often damaged with vision loss, so I feel the most important thing that I can offer my client is companionship. I’d recommend becoming a Vision Mate to anyone looking for a fulfilling and flexible volunteer experience.
Vision Mates provide one-on-one sighted assistance to people in their communities who are blind or partially sighted.