Donor Stories

David and Pat Hilchey, Prince Edward Island

Rallying the community

After seeing how much CNIB’s programs and services helped their daughter Michelle, David and Pat Hilchey couldn’t have been more inspired to get involved and give back. Looking for an original fundraising idea, the Hilcheys held a Dining in the Dark event in Charlottetown, in which participants experience a meal while blindfolded and learn about the challenges and abilities of people with vision loss while raising funds to support CNIB. Over the years they’ve held six Dining in the Dark events, and watched their idea spread from coast to coast, becoming one of CNIB’s signature fundraising events. In addition to the more than $250,000 they’ve raised during that time, they’ve also given back through volunteering, with David becoming vice-chair of CNIB’s local advisory board.

Photo: David and Pat Hilchey.

Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's Foundation, British Columbia

Supporting independence

As part of its commitment to supporting the health and welfare of British Columbians, Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward’s Foundation chose this year to make a significant commitment to help people with vision loss achieve employment and independence through technology.  Their gift of $50,000 enabled CNIB to purchase Desktop Video Magnifiers (also known as CCTVs) to help people with vision loss read essential workplace documents, webpages and correspondence they otherwise may not be able to access. In addition, their support allowed CNIB specialists to train clients to use this technology, helping them become more workplace-ready than ever.

Photo: Kip Woodward, President, Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward's Foundation

Ernie Ooms, Alberta

Thinking about the future

A few years ago, Ernie Ooms spontaneously developed a macular hole that left him blind in his left eye. After turning to CNIB, he says he was blown away by all the programs and resources available right in his hometown of Calgary to help him adjust to life with vision loss. When he and his wife were redoing their wills, they decided to leave a gift for CNIB to support other Canadians who were losing their sight, and give back to a program that gave him so much.

Click here to learn more about making a gift in your will, like Ernie did.

Photo: Ernie Ooms and Wendy Guillemaud.

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