Meet Bob and Murray

Bob BuchanRebuilding Lake Joe

In 2002, the Lake Joseph community in Ontario’s Muskoka District pulled together to achieve one common goal: to rebuild the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, commonly known as “Lake Joe”, with the support of caring donors like Bob and Murray. Murray Hogarth

After more than 40 years serving campers with vision loss, Lake Joe was in desperate need of repair. Without renovations, the camp was in danger of closing its doors to the hundreds of youth, adults and families living with vision loss who came to visit each summer.

“I felt that the neighbours on the lake should pull together and revitalize an important facility for the community at large,” says Lake Joe summer resident, Bob Buchan, who chaired and championed a committee to launch the Restoring the Spirit campaign to raise funds for the site’s renovation.

Together, the community and other organizations raised nearly $8 million to rebuild the accessible and safe camp facility where people living with vision loss can safely participate in fun summer camp activities such as basketball, arts and crafts and water sports.

“There are a lot of people living with vision loss who would not be able to enjoy summer camp experiences if the Lake Joe Centre wasn’t there,” says committee member Murray Hogarth. “That’s the reason why we raised the funds to rebuild the camp”.

The renewed facilities have made the camp accessible to more than 600 campers each year, but Hogarth maintains that the work is far from done.

“Any program like the one CNIB has at the Lake Joe Centre needs ongoing support”, says Hogarth. “We want to make sure they‘re able to carry on with the camp programming.”

Thanks to the supporters of the Lake Joseph Centre, like Bob and Murray, more children and adults who are blind or partially sighted will be able to experience not only the joy of summer but also life-changing experiences that will stay with them for years to come.