Advocacy continues for the Path to Change

CNIB’s Manitoba team has had meaningful and productive conversations with provincial government about the integration of post-vision loss rehabilitation therapy (PVLRT) into the continuum of health care – thanks in large part to our strong team of 17 community Ambassadors and Champions. Working hand-in-hand with CNIB, these passionate individuals have been on the frontlines of the issue, advocating for the integrated model of PVLRT in Manitoba. Positive conversations continue and we look forward to further progress over the year to come.

Introducing children to new experiences

This past year, CNIB Manitoba partnered with Odysseo Touch Tour Experience by Cavalia and the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Tour to introduce the equestrian and monster truck experience to children who are blind and partially sighted. A group of 17 CNIB clients, aged seven to 12, along with their siblings and parents, participated in the Maple Leaf Monster Jam Touch Tour, and 13 older children were able to participate in the Odysseo Touch Tour Experience by Cavalia. Both experiences provided an opportunity for the children involved to enjoy an interactive and sensory experience – and memories to last a lifetime.

A new legacy is created by generous supporters

CNIB was honoured and tremendously grateful last year when Glenn and Cindy Hildebrand set up an endowment at the Winnipeg Foundation to support our work. Glenn first became involved with CNIB in the early 1980s when he was a broadcaster in Brandon, and now serves as both CNIB Manitoba Board Chair and a member of the CNIB National Board of Directors. The couple’s strong belief in leaving a legacy of social responsibility was behind their decision. Our deepest thanks go to Glenn and Cindy for their wonderful contribution, as well as their continued leadership and support.

Meet Derek Lackey

Manitoban Derek Lackey used to have perfect vision. He was a journeyman plumber who had just received his Red Seal, enabling him to work in any province, and he’d recently become engaged. But three years ago, everything changed when he lost his sight from a retinal detachment caused by complications from diabetes.

He says his initial reaction to losing his vision was, “How do I get started? Where do I go from here?” He turned to CNIB for support, and started to quickly regain his independence. He excelled at learning to use a white cane, and is now working on CNIB’s technology training programs.

Sports were always a big passion for Derek, but after losing his sight, he wasn’t able to move as fluidly and his joints were tight as a result. He decided to try yoga, and found it really helped. A friend challenged him to try archery and, never one to sit back and rest, he took that challenge and discovered he loves it. “Taking up archery has taught me that there isn’t anything you can’t do; it’s how you adapt it,” says Derek.

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