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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Ideal for
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Time Details

Two hour visits once a week at a mutually convenient time for both of you. 


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

Provide community-based support; 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 environment at a mutually convenient time
  • Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon
  • Approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting
  • All outings are on foot, by public transportation or taxi
  • When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information than you are able to give, refer them to staff
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.
  • Develop or use experience and skills in client service.
  • Be part of a dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer team working to further CNIB’s mission.
  • Reference or confirmation of hours upon request, after 3 months’ successful participation as a volunteer.
Qualities, Skills and Training
  • Trustworthy, patient, empathetic and friendly
  • Reliable, organized and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Very strong English skills or willing 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 at CNIB.
  • 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

Contact Program lead, volunteer & community engagement Melisa.Tangchoy@cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642

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