A man and a young woman walking outside. She is guiding him with her elbow and he carries a cane.

Vision Mate

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Time Details

Minimum six-month commitment, usually two hours per week on days and times convenient for the client and the volunteer, including evenings and weekends.


CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Location Details
Community Location
Position Description

Vision Mates provide community-based support through one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Regularly visit a client in his/her home or other suitable environments at a mutually convenient time
  • Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon
  • Some approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting
Benefit of position
  • Make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted; provide sighted assistance and companionship to a person in your community who is blind or partially sighted.
Qualities, Skills and Training
  • Regular visits with a client at home, or other suitable environments, at a mutually convenient time
  • Trustworthy, patient, empathetic and friendly
  • Reliable, organized and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very strong English skills or willingness to be matched with a client who speaks your native language
  • Orientation, including about CNIB, about the people we help, about vision loss and about volunteering with us
  • Training specific to the position, including working as a Vision Mate and what to do when problems arise
Position Commitment
Long Term
Application and contact information

If you are interested in this position, you can apply to join our team today by using our online application form.

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