Newfoundland and Labrador Newsletter April - June 2017


In this Issue:

Editor’s Corner

By Trevor Freeborn

We hope you all enjoy the articles in this edition of the CNIB-NL newsletter. We had an amazing and expansive volunteer team who made our current newsletter a reality. Heartfelt thanks to contributors Courtney Gosse, Yong Ko, Amanda Halliday, Kim Thistle-Murphy, Dinah Durnford, and Lynsey Soper.

If you have any comments, questions, or an opinion you would like to share with the CNIB-NL newsletter team, just contact us by mail at 70 The Boulevard, St. John’s, A1A 1K2, fax at (709) 754-2018 or email at

Letter from CNIB-NL

It's been an exciting time at CNIB this Spring! The Summer Intervention Program comes into full swing on June 26th with 27 children and youth with vision loss being matched, one-on-one, with intervenors. The Summer Intervention Program helps to maintain the skills children have learned already, develop new skills, and encourages integration and promotes independence.

We also had the opportunity to connect with a number of clients, family members, and community partners to provide input on what direction you would like to see CNIB take over the next couple of years. Two community engagement events were held in St. John's to get your feedback, as well as online and phone surveys. We greatly value your ideas and look forward to continuing to work together to develop exciting and needed programs for people with vision loss in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our annual provincial volunteer awards are also open for nominations with a due date of July 28, 2017. The Holly Award recognizes a volunteer with vision loss who has made or is making a significant contribution in their community. The CNIB Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes exceptional service, including consistent, selfless giving of time and effort to improve the quality of life of individuals who are blind and partially sighted in Atlantic Canada. For more information, please get in touch with us!

We have also been busy with our birthday party planning! In 2018, CNIB celebrates 100 years. The plans are still in the works, but stay tuned. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Hope you all have a safe and exciting summer!

Lynsey and Deborah

Highlight of Staff Member: Allan Angus

By Courtney Gosse

Allan Angus is the newest staff member at CNIB NL and he is currently occupying the role of Specialist in Service Coordination. However, Allan feels this title doesn’t describe his job perfectly so he explained in his own words, “The title does not describe the position. My job is to provide intake and assess the services people with vision loss require then recommend the appropriate interventions the CNIB provides, and then provide counselling to individuals with vision loss and their families.”

Though Allan has only been working with CNIB for four months, he has been volunteering here for over 20 years. He describes his job as rewarding, fulfilling, and he is grateful for the opportunity. I asked Allan what set him on his career path, what inspired him to choose the path he took. “I became legally blind in my very late teenage years. I was a victim of prejudices and stigmas that created barriers to my living a full and purposeful life. I saw that people who are blind or partially sighted sometimes live in isolation and fear, dependent on others for their daily needs. I wanted to help break these stigma's and stereotypes, I just wanted to do more!” Allan’s inspiration for helping others the way he does is heartwarming.

Allan worked hard to get to where he is today; he went through many years of schooling. He has also acquired a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  I asked Allan to lay out all the steps he had to go through to complete his education to be eligible for his current job position. “This job requires a Master of Social Work and registration with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers. As a totally blind person, I attained a degree in Sociology and a college business administration diploma. Then continued on to graduate school with the encouragement of many people who urged me to do more. These people knew I could do this and they were right. “

CNIB was always at the top of the list of organizations Allan wanted to work with. He watched the CNIB websites for job openings he was qualified for. He was searching for ‘the dream job.’ Before Allan found his current job with CNIB he had many past job experiences.  These jobs include: automotive industry in supply chain management and a private practice to provide counselling for individuals, families and groups for people who were having trouble adjusting to their vision loss.

Every job has its ups and downs, Allan’s job is no exception. He feels the worst part of his job is that he cannot help everyone. Sadly, some people find it hard to believe they don’t need help in their every day lives, and they can be independent. For some people that concept is harder to believe. People who are blind or partly sighted are sometimes convinced that they must depend on others, as we all know this is not the case.

To every downside there is an upside! "The best part of my job is to hear people participating in life to the fullest of their capacity.” Allan’s job is very rewarding, not only is he living his dream job but he has already helped many people. Allan hopes to have a positive impact on many clients' lives. 

Allan has many hobbies, including a love of books especially novels and non-fiction texts that can help him improve his skills as a counsellor

I would like to end this article with some heartwarming words from Allan himself about how his job makes him feel.

“This work is the most rewarding work I have ever done in my life. It is not a job. It is a passion to help people overcome any barriers they may have to live purposeful and productive lives, to do whatever they choose to do.”

An Update on Accessibility Services at College of the North Atlantic


100 Years, 100 Stories

By Kim Thistle-Murphy

As we honour a century of changing what it is to be blind, CNIB is sharing exciting moments and stories from our incredible history.

Each Tuesday and Thursday until March 31, 2018, we'll be sharing a new story that speaks to the passion, dedication and impact of our organization and the community.

Check us out at (under tab 100 Years, 100 Stories).

Tech Talk: Adaptive Technology Tips for PC USers

By Dinah Durnford(CNIB adaptive technology specialist)

Most PC computers today have the ability to be adapted for someone with vision loss without adding on an extra program. For someone in the beginning stages of vision loss this can be a game changer in allowing them the ability to still access social media, do online banking and other everyday computer tasks. Sometime just a minor adjustment can also assist with reduced eye fatigue and headaches in computer users. 

Here are a few tips on how you can make some minor adjustments to you computer to see if it will help before spending big money on an Adaptive Program such as Zoomtext. This article will walk you step by step on how to turn on and use the Magnifier

How to Turn on the Magnifier.

  • go to the start Menu find the control panel and open it.
  • here you are going to look for the Title: Ease of Access Centre image
  • Once you have this open there are several steps you will need to follow to make the adjustments that are best for you. 
  • Here we will find the Explore all Settings and under to the Make the computer easier to see. click on this to open
  • In this menu you will find many options on how to adjust your computer.  You can play with each of them if you like to see what you like best to suit your need.  Most common adjustment is turning on the magnifier. 

Click the box and you will see an icon appear on the task bar at the bottom of your screen  right click on this and select pin it to the task bar.  This will keep the icon here and ready to use whenever you want to turn on the magnifier. 

The magnifier tool bar looks like  To open and adjust the magnification settings and view setting click the magnifier and this tool bar will appear.    click the  - or + to adjust the magnification to the level you like.   You can also adjust the magnification by using the Windows Key and the  + and – keys. 


You can have the magnifier act in different Views.  Most popular is the fullscreen or lens modes.  ­­­­

·       Full screen makes the whole screen bigger and you will have to move you mouse around the screen to see everything.  When using this mode remember to think of your computer desktop screen in 4 quadrants like a window pane.  Upper left (most icons on the desktop), lower left (start menu), upper right ( X button to close programs) lower right (date and time). Keep moving you mouse in one direction until the screen does not move any more. 

·       In lens mode a window will appear and act like a magnifying glass on the screen.  Here it is important to remember that your mouse pointer is in the middle of that window when trying to click on items. 

This only other thing to change would be how much the magnification increases by with each jump.  The default is set to 50% however many people find this too big of a jump.  In the settings menu of the magnifier which looks like a cog wheel you can adjust this to 25% with the slider bar. 

For further instructions on how to set up or use the magnifier please contact your local CNIB for more information. 

2017 Cycle for Sight Newfoundland

The event takes place at St. John's Lions Club Chalet on Sunday, July 30th.

You can find more information


Inspirational Quote

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Featured Websites

Submitted by Kim Thistle-Murphy and Phillip Strong

Yesterday's Wishes:

Makeup tips and more for the visually impaired.

"A place on the internet to discuss everything from Guide Dogs to makeup, a place to bridge the gap between disabled and able-bodied people. There are days when giving up seems like the better option, but anyone can do anything if they put their mind to it. New videos every weekday!"


" At BlindAlive, we are proud to have created a user-friendly, completely accessible solution to exercise and fitness that you can do with confidence in your own home. Now, with resources you can use, you do not have to take charge of your health and fitness alone. All of our exercise products have been tested by blind and low vision individuals to ensure that they are completely accessible to members of this community.  "

Help us celebrate CNIB's 100th Birthday on March 21, 2018! 

We are looking for old photographs, newspaper clippings, and artifacts (assistive devices, etc) that tell our unique Newfoundland & Labrador story. We can accept scans or pictures of photographs and documents through email. If you have anything we can borrow, please contact Amy Gillard at (709) 754-1180, extension 0 or 

CNIB Fundraising Highlights

By Amanda Halliday - Coordinator of Community Giving

Title: Amy Bursey making a speech at a restaurant dining roomDining in the Dark – EVOO

On April 26th, CNIB held a Dining in the Dark luncheon at EVOO in the Courtyard for Administrative Professionals Day. We welcomed 29 guests from local businesses such as Fortis, Browning Harvey, BDO, etc.

As always, thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Browning Harvey for their unwavering support of our events and programs. As well thank you to EVOO for the amazing meal and the fabulous service.

Amy Bursey from our office spoke about being not only an employee of CNIB but a client as well. as well as our guests raised funds for the CNIB Family Camp.



Dining in the Dark – Gypsy Tea Room

Title: two women eating dinner wearing blindfoldsOn May 31st CNIB hosted the 5th annual Dining in the Dark event at Gypsy Tea Room in St. John's!

We brought back patrons from past Dining in the Dark events and welcomed new guests who had never done an event with us before - welcoming 74 guests on a sunny Wednesday evening!

A big thank you to our presenting sponsor, Browning Harvey, for the continued support. Many heartfelt thanks to Gypsy Tea Room and their team for being excellent hosts. As well, thanks to the extraordinary commitment of the CNIB staff and volunteers.

The generous support of our sponsor, as well as our guests raised funds for the CNIB Family Camp – this year Dining in the Dark – Gypsy Tea Room raised $10,200 to help send families to camp this summer!

Paint and Sip Fundraiser

Title: A croup of 26 people holding their paintings in front of themOn April 2nd Board member Kim Thistle-Murphy held a Paint and Sip Class with local artist Bobbi Pike.

CNIB on The Boulevard welcomed 26 painters for a fun Sunday afternoon!

The event raised $500 towards our Post Secondary Youth Orientation Program. Thank you, Kim!



A CNIB Family Gives Back

Title: CNIB intern receiving check from woman and her sonOne of our young CNIB clients and his family recently held a block draw to raise funds for the Annual Family Summer Camp.

The family regularly attends camp, but wanted to help us raise the funds this year!

Pictured is our Summer Intervention Coordinator, Amber LeRoy accepting a cheque from client Nicholas Pryor-Dawe and his mom Nikki for $500!

Thank you so much!

What's Happening?

Summer of Sight 50-50 Lottery

Title: 50/50 fundraiserWho doesn't love a good 50-50 Lottery?! The CNIB will be holding the SUMMER OF SIGHT LOTTERY from June 21st until September 21st! Tickets are $5.00 each with a maximum payout of $5,000 for the lucky winner (based on ticket sell out). Interested in tickets? Call us! 754-1180 x5807

Plan Your Own CNIB Fundraiser

Title: plan your eventEvery event, big or small, makes a significant difference in the lives of our CNIB family. Community events are a great way for an individual, group or organization to raise money to support CNIB Newfoundland and Labrador.

If you have an idea for a fundraiser or would like to discuss ways to get involved, please connect with Amanda at 709-754-1180 or

Featured Products

Reflective Running Vest – "Blind"

This vest is designed to be worn over your clothing for safety & visibility. Super lightweight, durable polyester outer shell is extremely reflective. Complete with cell phone/ipod pocket. One size fits all. Black lettering designates vest to be worn by the visually impaired or by their guides.

Inspirational Quote

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

- Gandhi

Canadian Council of the Blind(CCB) Updates

By Yong Ko, CNIB Volunteer

Corner Brook Chapter: Darrell Pike (709) 632-2686

CCB Corner Brook Chapter had a year-end dinner on June 3rd. It will not have an official meeting until this September.

Approximately 8 people from CCB Corner Brook Chapter will attend CCB adult summer camp during August 13th to 19th at Lion Max Simms Memorial Camp.

A fundraising walk is expected on the 24th September. Details will be announced when the event is fixed. 

St. John’s Chapter: Nadine Green:  (709) 745-6797

A CCB Adult Camp for the Blind is scheduled from the 13th to 19th of August at Lion Max Simms Memorial camp on the Bay D'Espoir Highway near Bishop's Falls. For more information including how to register, people can contact Elizabeth Mayo at (709) 229-7205.

If anyone is interested in golf they can contact Don Connolly at (709) 726-5975. 

If anyone is interested in playing bocce ball or croquet they can contact Maurice Colbert at (709) 726-2239.

Lewisporte Chapter: Shane Wheeler (709) 541-3243

CCB Lewisporte chapter continues to expand its organization by adding more people to the group. For anyone who is interested, please call Shane Wheeler at (709) 541-3243

Also, check out CCB on Facebook:

E. A. Baker Chapter

Humber Valley/Bay of Islands Chapter 

Lewisporte and Area Chapter

Inspirational Quote

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

  - Dr. Robert Schuller

Classifieds Section of CNIB-NL Newsletter

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