Impact of Volunteering

Volunteer Profile- Kim Thistle-Murphy


In 2012, after being diagnosed as being legally blind, I participated in a CNIB peer support program called Adjustment to Vision Loss (AVL) via teleconference, led by a CNIB Counsellor in Halifax.

It was a challenging time for me. I had been faced with an early retirement and I began questioning my purpose in life; who I was, and where I was going from here?

Before the AVL group started, CNIB had suggested that, based on my background as a Guidance Counsellor, I should consider becoming a peer support facilitator when the program launched in Newfoundland and Labrador.With CNIB’s encouragement and my participation in the AVL Group, my confidence and belief in myself was rebooted.

Four years later, I am happy to say I am a peer support facilitator with CNIB Counsellor Lynsey Soper in Newfoundland and Labrador.It has been a rewarding experience.

I have also been fortunate to be able to give back to the organization in other ways; as an active board member, a participant in the National Volunteer Strategy Committee, the CNIB Centennial Planning Committee, and as an office assistant.All of this happened because of my decision to join the CNIB AVL support group in 2012!

The staff and volunteers at CNIB have provided me with new skills, encouragement, and support. It has given me a new purpose and plenty of opportunities.

One of the things I think about is; when I was a guidance counsellor, it was always understood that when students come to school, one of my key roles was to ensure students felt; capable, connected and contributing. You know, the same applies to us as adults too! Today, thankfully, I am capable, connected and contributing!

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