January CNIB Saskatchewan Newsletter

1/9/2018

In this issue:

Want more information on CNIB's exciting programs and services than give us your email by calling 306-525-2571 or email: saskatchewan@cnib.ca ​

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Photo description: In this photo is Amber-Joy Boyd, the Low Vision Specialist in the Regina office. Sitting at her desk with a clipboard sitting on a reading stand in front of her. Beside the stand is a model of an eye. She has shoulder length white blond hair. She is wearing glasses and a black floral patterned shirt with pink and orange flowers. 


Staff Profile

What Amber-Joy Boyd likes best about being a Low Vision Specialist for CNIB is helping clients find their independence and reach their full potential. 

"I love imparting the knowledge of vision conditions and eye anatomy to clients, empowering them to really understand what is going on with their eyes. I believe that by teaching them how to use vision aids and technology I am also helping them to be the best versions of themselves," said the 35 year old. 

She wants new clients who are partially sighted to know that a low vision assessment at CNIB is not only about maintaining good eye health, but it will also help them understand their eye condition and cope with their sight loss more effectively as well as give them invaluable information on tools and aids to enhance their remaining vision.

"I always try to teach clients what it is they can do to maintain their usable vision, the things that will support the most years of good vision for them. I also try to educate what is happening with their vision condition and what they can expect so they can be knowledgeable and empowered to make better decisions for themselves."

Four years ago, Boyd became a staff member of CNIB in the Regina office while covering the maternity leave of the Child and Family Services Specialist. From there she moved into the Service Coordinator and Career and Employment Specialist Positions, the second of which she still does alongside her duties as Low Vision Specialist.

She wanted to work for CNIB for the same reason, so many other staff members have, because she is also a client. Boyd was born with Albinism, and is partially sighted as a result, so she knows first-hand how important a low vision assessment can be. 

"CNIB gave me the confidence and independence I have today to be the best version of myself. They were there through my growing up years to support me and help me. I wanted to give some of this back to the next generation of clients."

But she also wants people to know that she can help with other things as well. 

"Sometimes low vision assessments become mini counselling sessions, the vision loss journey is hard for people and I try to give them tips and tools to be better equipped for dealing with their eye condition. Also, I like to remind them that we are here if they need us, through a number of programs like peer groups and counselling, as well as, our interventions to independent living through all our services." 

And she jokes, " It's not scary or painful and I promise not to put drops in your eyes to dilate them or use any scary equipment. It's a very easy and casual assessment."

Overall, Amber-Joy loves her job."There is always something to learn and some new way to grow as a person. I love working with clients. I also love my work family, they are amazing people and I am very lucky to spend my days with them." 

Her biggest hope when a client leaves a session is simple.

"If a client never needs to see me again because they have the skills and tools they need from meeting me then I've done my job well."


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Photo description: In this photo is Kaitlunn Lenius. She has long brown slightly curly hair that is pulled back in a pony tail. She is smiling and wearing a grey tank top. 


Client Profile 

Twelve-year-old Kaitlynn Lenius is on a mission to inspire and educate people about her experience as a youth who is partially sighted.

"You can't just escape the reality of being visually impaired. You don't just stop doing what you do. You have got to continue. You have to do what you like and don't let anyone tell you any differently," said the Regina resident.

Inspired by her mother, she prefers to look at the bright side of life. "She always taught me to think positive and has helped me so I would like to give people that, if they don't really have that."

Kaitlynn was born with optic nerve hypoplasia and has no sight in her left eye and very little sight in her right. Accessing several CNIB rehabilitation services from the age of ten months old, she was one of the youngest children in Saskatchewan to receive a white cane. 

Since she was five, Kaitlynn has participated in the CNIB children's camp. The camp experience provides children and youth that are blind or partially sighted a chance to enjoy recreational activities with their peers while both enhancing and building life skills. But the other thing that camp does is it allows children who have sight loss the same normal childhood experiences as their sighted peers.

"I think that the activities are fun. I find it really interesting how many people there are that are actually visually impaired within our community and how diverse the community is."

"For people like me who like learning, you learn a lot. Learning is important." 

Two years ago, she acquired an important skill from her camp experience. "Through going down the waterslide, I learned to take more risks because I used to be frightened of them because you don't know whether you are going to go upside down." 

One of the camp counsellors convinced her to conquer her fear, and in doing so there have been multiple benefits to her lifestyle. This summer she learned how to ride a tandem bike and now is active weekly with one of her friends who pilots the front while she pedals in the back. 

She believes learning to take risks will benefit her in the future especially as she looks for a job. "I am not really sure if they will accept me as a person without sight or allow me to work in the community but I am going to try anyways."

Kaitlynn's confidence is contagious and her knowledge about accessible technology and Braille are being recognized. One of Kaitlynn's teachers recommended her as a speaker for this year's Insight Conference in Regina about how to use Braille. Moving forward she wants to continue to speak publicly. Kaitlynn dream's of becoming an inspirational speaker like Molly Burke, a Canadian YouTube personality and AMI correspondent who is blind. 

Recently Kaitlynn began training to become Saskatchewan's first Youth Spokesperson for CNIB and she believes she is going to make a difference. 

Kaitlynn follows Casey Neistat on YouTube and said, "Casey Neistat, had 'You don't need sight to have vision' engraved on Molly Burke's sunglasses after they did a video together. And I want others to know, you don't need to have sight to have a vision of how you are going to help the world."

To view the Casey Nesitat and Molly Burke video click here: Watch the video 


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Photo description: In this photo is Julie Kehrig, the Career & Employment Specialist in Saskatoon. She is sitting at her desk. She has brown eyes and long brown hair. She is wearing a white cardigan and white and grey patterned blouse.

Staff Advice

Six Things to do Before Beginning Your Job Search 

Many job seekers begin their job search by browsing job boards and handing out resumes to potential employers. However, beginning your search like this means that you may be neglecting some very important pre-employment steps. Here are a few things you can do to help your job search be successful before you even hand out a resume: 

1. Identify Your Skills, Strengths and Abilities

Whether you've just finished school or are looking to make a mid-life career change, it's important that you identify what your skills, strengths and abilities are. 

This is an important step that can help you identify what jobs may be a good fit for you. It will also help you to articulate these abilities to a hiring manager during an interview. 

2. Do Some Career Research 

It's important that once you've decided on the type of job you would like to do, that you research that profession. Make sure you have all the facts about what it's like to work as a teacher, office assistant, beekeeper or whatever it is you'd like to do. Sometimes the job ends up being very different from what you thought it would be. If you're familiar with the job you have chosen, research what the labour market is like for that career. Is there a demand in your area? If the number of workers exceed the demand, it may make it more difficult to find employment in that area. 

3. Prepare Your Resume and Cover Letter 

This is often a daunting task for job seekers, but such an important step. Resume and cover letter standards are constantly changing and with so much information out there on how they should be prepared, it's easy to become overwhelmed. Your CNIB Career & Employment Specialist can help make sure that your resume is up to date and targets the type of job you would like to land. Even if you've already prepared a resume, a second, or third look never hurts and is a good way to make sure it is free from errors. It's important to make a good impression with your resume as many employers will not consider anyone with a poorly done resume.

4. Consider What Accommodations You May Need 

If you are a person living with vision loss, it's important that you consider what accommodations you may need for a job to help ensure that you can do your work to the best of your ability. A workplace accommodation is any change in the work environment that allows a person with limitations in their abilities to do their job effectively. Common examples of workplace accommodations accessed by people with vision loss include extra lighting at their work station, a handheld magnifier, tinted glasses for working outside, or magnification software for their computer.

Some clients need little to no accommodation in the work place, but would like help explaining their vision loss to a potential employer. Other clients may benefit from the use of assistive technology or digital magnification devices. Your Career & Employment specialist can also help you identify parts of a job that may need to be adapted, and the CNIB team can make recommendations as to what tools will work best for you with your eye condition.

5. Brush up on Your Tech Skills (Take a pre-employment skills or training course) 

If your applying for a job that will require you to use a computer, make sure you have the technology skills to keep up. If you've been out of school for a while, you may need to brush up on some of your skills with general computer, or Microsoft applications. Having a change in your vision can also change how you use a computer. If you would like help improving these skills, or would like to learn more about the assistive technology available to people with vision loss you can contact CNIB for more information. Another great option for improving your computer skills is to take a class through the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired. They offer a number of computer and technology courses for people with vision loss and are free for CNIB clients. Hadley's website is located here http://www.hadley.edu

6. Practice Your Interview Skills

Interview skills are like any other skill in life, the more you practice the better you become. Being prepared for an interview before you even apply for a job means that you will not be put on the spot if an employer suddenly wants an interview. There are many different styles and types of interviews and learning how to approach each one will give you the best possible chance of acing your interview. CNIB's Career & Employment Specialists can also provide training to prepare you for this.

Part of the interview can also include disclosing your disability if you decide that this is the stage you would like to let an employer know about your vision loss. Practicing this will help you become more comfortable with disclosure and ensure that your employer can make the right accommodations for you on the job if needed. 

Career and employment skills matter to employers and CNIB is here to help you with this. For more information on CNIB's Career and Employment services call the Regina or Saskatoon office. 

By Julie Kehrig, Career and Employment Specialist, CNIB Saskatchewan Division


Announcements and Awards

Vision Loss Rehabiliatation Saskatchewan 


​CNIB has a new brand, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Saskatchewan, for our rehabilitation services. With a commitment to the highest standards of care, we help to enhance independence, safety and mobility for Canadians with vision loss.  While this new brand is an important change, what won't change is our services themselves, and how we provide them. For more information, visit sk.visionlossrehab.ca

CNIB Youth Leadership Award

The National Youth Council believes it is important to recognize youth who are blind and partially sighted and are reaching above and beyond to make a difference in their community, province, or country. The council would like to acknowledge the accomplishments of these leaders by offering an opportunity for them to share their impact. The person who shows the greatest leadership that reflects the National Youth Council's mission and vision statements will be granted the Leadership Award. 

To be considered for the Leadership Award, applicants must be a CNIB client between 15 and 30 years of age and be reaching above and beyond to make a difference in their community, province, or country. 
Deadline for submissions is Friday, May 4, 2018. For more information about the award criteria and to download the application form go to: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/who/National-Youth-Council/Pages/NYC-Leadership-award.aspx

Unused Equipment Returns 

Please return any unused canes or magnifiers as CNIB will redistribute the items to clients who don't qualify for funding.


Upcoming CNIB Conferences, Events and Fundraisers

100 donors – 100 Years Campaign 

Would you like to join CNIB in Celebrating our 100th Anniversary?  You can, by contributing to our 100 years 100 donors campaign!  Your contribution will have a lasting affect on someone who is blind or partially sighted and you will be supporting much needed programs for the blind and partially sighted.  Some of which include; kids' camps, youth leaderships, peer support and family support programs. To find out how you can participate in this fundraising campaign please call Nanette Ermel at 306-565-5411 or by email at nanette.ermel@cnib.ca.

2018 CNIB Cash Calendar 

This year's calendar features photographs of CNIB Saskatchewan's rich historical legacies from CNIB offices to firsts for clients, and new campaign initiatives.  You have 186 chances to win the $30,000 which include the early bird draw of $5,000 and a grand prize draw for $3,000! Calendar cost: $30.00, 50/50: one ticket/$5.00, 3 tickets/$10.00 or 6 tickets/$15.00. All draws except the Early Bird take place on March 8,2018 starting at 1:00 p.m..To purchase call 306-525-2571.

Family Fun Day 

Your invited to attend the Family Fun Day on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1-3:00 p.m.. Join us for activities like cookie decorating, crafts and games.

Regina
Where: Girl Guide Building located at 1530 Broadway Ave.
Cost: There is no cost to attend.
RSVP by February 7, 2018 to Ashley Nemeth at 306-565-2571 or ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca   
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB located at 1705 McKercher Dr. 
Cost: Free for child client and two guests. Additional guests are $10/each.
RSVP by February 1, 2018 to Ashley Hay at 306-374-4545 or ashley.hay@cnib.ca

CNIB is Celebrating a Birthday

Save the date. On March 21, 2018, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary, and we invite you to join us at the Ramada Hotel in Regina to celebrate this major milestone. 

This is a huge celebration for an organization that formed out of two major events in Canada's history, WWI and the Halifax explosion, where many Canadians lost their sight and very few supports, or rehabilitation programs were available to Canadians with vision loss. Since being founded in 1918, we have been creating programs, providing services and advocating to change the lives of people with sight loss — from children to youth, to adults and seniors.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in our celebration:
When: March 21, 2018
Where: Ramada Hotel, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina, SK
Canadian Ballroom
Time: Reception, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Formal Program, 6:15 pm
Please RSVP by March 14th to Pam Buczulak, by email: pam.buczulak@vlrehab.ca​ or by phone 306-525-2571.​

Saskatoon Dining in the Dark 

The event on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Delta Bessborough. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with the reception then supper and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. For ticket or sponsorship information please contact Janice Sutherland at 306-374-4545 or email: janice.sutherland@vlrehab.ca.

Regina Scotiabank Dining in the Dark 

The event on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Delta Hotel. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. with the reception then supper and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m. For ticket or sponsorship information please contact Jackie Lay at 306-525-2571 or email: jackie.lay@cnib.ca​.

CNIB's Assistive Technology and Career Fair. 

Save the Date. This event will showcase the latest innovations in technology and the role they play in creating accessible employment for individuals with vision loss. We will also have booths hosted by local equal opportunity employers as well as breakout sessions throughout the day on topics of interest.

Saskatoon: October 4, 2018
Regina: October 5, 2018  

 ​CNIB Saskatchewan Programs 

For information on all Southern Saskatchewan (Regina) CNIB groups and programs contact Ashley Nemeth at 306-565-5413 or email: ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca.

For information on all Northern Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) CNIB groups and programs contact Ashley Hay at 306-374-4545 or email: ashley.hay@cnib.ca.

Support Groups and Support Programs

Peer Support Group (Teleconferencing opportunities are available)

For individuals 55+ who are blind or partially sighted, this group allows participants to connect with others who are experiencing similar circumstances, to participate in social gatherings, and the opportunity to learn from guest speakers about a variety of relevant topics.

Regina 
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St. Multipurpose room
When: Every second Tuesday (no meeting in July or August)
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
When: In January on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Starting in February and ongoing on the first and third Tuesday (no meetings in July or August)
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Care Partners (Teleconferencing opportunities are available)

This program is designed for family members and partners who are supporting a loved one with vision loss. This program offers participants the opportunity to share their experiences and gain coping skills. This is a four-week program.

Regina
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Multipurpose Room 
When: Will resume again in Fall 2018
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
When: TBA 
Time:  TBA

Vision Mate Program 

Our Vision Mate Program matches individuals living with vision loss with specially-trained volunteers who offer companionship and one-on-one assistance with day-to-day tasks and errands. 
Vision mate volunteers assist individuals with a variety of activities, including reading mail, grocery shopping, errands, labeling and organizing household items, as well as enjoying leisure and recreational activities together – like playing cards and going for walks. 

Regina
For more information contact Ashley Nemeth at ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca or 306-525-2571.
Saskatoon
For more information contact Ashley Hay at ashley.hay@cnib.ca​ or 306-374-4545.

Beyond the Classroom (Teleconferencing opportunities are available)

This program will guide and support families, ensuring blind and partially sighted children and youth have access to the same educational and experiential learning opportunities as their sighted peers.  It will teach parents to navigate the school system and empower them to effectively advocate for their children changing what it means to be blind.

Regina
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Regina, Multipurpose Room 
When:  Every third Tuesday of the month. No meeting in January, February 20, March 20. 
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
When: Every third Thursday of the month, January 18, February 15, March 15 
Time:  6:30– 8:00 p.m.

Youth Leadership (Teleconferencing opportunities are available)

This program is designed to provide youth who are blind or partially sighted opportunities to develop leadership, advocacy, and compensatory skills in a social setting with the goal of building self-esteem, confidence, social and community engagement, and self-efficacy (empowerment). 

Regina
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St., Multipurpose Room 
When: Every second Tuesday of the month, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive, in the Auditorium
When: Every second Tuesday of the month, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12
Time:  6:30– 8:00 p.m.

Family Fun Days

These days provide opportunities for families (in which one or more individuals has vision loss) to meet with others for a fun activity.

Regina 
Where: Girl Guide Building, 1530 Broadway Ave
When: February 11 - Valentines Party
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Saskatoon 
Where: CNIB Auditorium, 1705 McKercher Drive
When: February 11 – Valentines Party 
Time: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.  

 

CNIB Sports and Recreation Programs



Fitness Program
For adults ages 18+, provides a variety of physical activity options for blind and partially sighted participants.  Each week the group will embark on a new adventure from spin classes and goal ball, to yoga, judo and everything in between.

Regina
Present activity: Interval training for four weeks.
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St.
When: Sundays, starting February 11 to March 4
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Saskatoon
Present activity: Spin at the YMCA until the end of January. Strength starts in February at CNIB.
Where: January at YMCA, 25-22nd St E., February at CNIB, 1705 McKercher Dr.
When: Tuesday Evenings  
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Arts and Culture Night 

Budding artists, who are blind or partially sighted. Join volunteers at a CNIB Centre for an evening of arts and crafts such as painting, sculpting and socializing. Art supplies are provided. 

Also included in this program are cultural experiences/activities which could include, learning a new instrument, taking a cooking class, taking in the symphony, going to a tactile art exhibit or a museum or going as a group to a musical performance.

Regina 
Present Activity: In partnership with the Regina Public Library and the Dunlop Art Gallery​ CNIB is presently offering an art group. The activities range from weaving, memory boxes, to wire sculptures, clay sculpting and mixed media pieces. All ages welcome youth under 15 must have an adult present with them. 
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad Street or alternate location
When: Once a month on  February 28, March 29. The April date is TBA. ​
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saskatoon
Present Activity: Art class.
Where: CNIB, 1705 McKercher Dr., in the auditorium.
When: Thursday afternoons January 11, 18, 25, February 1.
Time: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Yoga

Individuals who are blind or partially sighted age 16+ learn basic yoga to help them to increase their activity levels and help with flexibility and balance. 

Regina 
Where: CNIB, 2160 Broad St. 
When: To start up again in March
Time: TBA
Saskatoon
Where: CNIB, 1705 McKercher Dr., in the auditorium. 
When: Every Sunday until the end of May except for February 11 and 18.
Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Kids Camps 

Our summer day camps in Regina each summer provide an opportunity for kids aged 8 to 18 to enjoy recreational activities with their peers, while both enhancing and building life skills. 
The camp focuses on travelling safely, socializing, preparing meals independently, keeping active and self-advocacy. 

Regina Location: CNIB, 2160 Broad Street or alternate location
Saskatoon Location: CNIB, 1705 McKercher Dr., in the auditorium
When: July 10th and 11th (ages 5-11) 
July 31st and August 1st (ages 12-18)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For ongoing information on CNIB's community recreational programs in Saskatchewan go to www.cnib.ca/en/mb-sk/programs-services/leisure/Pages/default.aspx


Community Associations, Groups, Sports and Recreation Programs


Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) 

The CCB is a national self-help consumer organization whose membership consists of persons who are blind, deafblind, or who have significant vision loss. They offer social, recreational, informational, and awareness-building programs. Cribbage will start in the fall after Thanksgiving.  For more information on the CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club and the CCB Regina Chapter, contact the Regina CNIB office at 306-525-2571.

Canadian Deafblind Association (Saskatchewan Chapter) 

The organization is committed to assisting all persons who are deafblind to achieve, with intervention, the best quality of life. For further information on the Saskatchewan Chapter contact Dana Heinrichs, Executive Director at cdba.sk@shaw.ca or by phone at 306-374-0022.

Lions Wilderness Experience

For anyone who has special needs of any age and any ability. The camp runs for two weeks starting the Monday after the August long weekend at the Northern Lights Lodge in Hanson Lake. For more information about the cost or to apply for sponsorship call Ken Schuster at 306-744-2481 or Paul Danis at 306-233-4858. 

Regina Public Library's Audio Book Club 

For those living with vision loss. The next meeting is on Wednesday, January 31, from 2-3 p.m. in Outreach Services.  We will be discussing The Party Wall. For more info or to register Call 306-777-6019.

Regina and Saskatoon Tech Ease Drop-in/Getting Together with Technology Group 

This is a group run by VIRN (Vision Impaired Resource Network) in collaboration with CCB. Each week a different pre-determined topic is discussed and explored around technology and how it can enhance the lives of those with vision loss. Friends and family are welcome as well as those living with any degree of vision loss. 

Regina 
Where: Central Branch of the Regina Public Library, Outreach unit
When: The last Saturday of the month starting in January.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information contact Michelle at michelle.busch@sasktel.net ​or call 306-526-6129.
Saskatoon 
Where: Downtown Library Saskatoon Public Library, Outreach unit
When: The fourth Saturday of every month. January 27, February 24, March 24 and April 28.
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information contact Doug at d.rudolph@usask.ca​ or call 639-470-3523.

Saskatchewan Blind Sports Association (SBSA) 

SBSA was founded in 1978 and is a volunteer based not-for-profit organization that facilitates provincial, national and international sports opportunities for Saskatchewan residents who are blind or partially sighted. The following are (but not limited to) the core sports that SBSA facilitates: Dragon boating, goalball, lawn bowling, curling, bowling, and golf. 

Let's go Bowling: SBSA is offering a five-pin bowling program in Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon. 

For more information call 1-877-772-7798 or email sbsa@shaw.ca or visit www.saskblindsports.ca​

Saskatoon Book Club 

Everybody's Book Club is a drop-in program for readers of all abilities. Books are available in many formats audio, ebooks, large print and regular print. Held the last Tuesday of every month at the Frances Morrison Library located on 311-23rd Street East from 2-3:30 p.m. For more information call 306-975-7558.

Saskatoon White Cane Social Club 

Socialize and meet new friends while you enjoy refreshments, games and music. Refreshments.   The Saskatoon Lion drivers are available to drive you to the meeting and bring you home. For more information or to arrange a driver call Diane at 306-384-5214 or Howard at 306-361-4664.

Where: CNIB, 1705 McKercher Dr., in the auditorium
When: The third Wednesday of every month, starting on September 20. 
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saskatoon Blind Skiers 

Is looking for new members. An Accessible Activity for People with Low Vision. The group meet on Saturday mornings at 10:00 – 12:00, and ski (or walk) for one hour, followed by having coffee and socializing together for one hour.  After the snow melts, they continue weekly walks until the middle of May. Membership fees are $45 annually. For more information please contact: Conrad Lange at 306-477-2227 or Joanne Ferguson at  joanne.ferguson@sasktel.net​ or Judy Prociuk at 306-931-1981. 

Unique Like Us

Is a social group for people who are blind or partially sighted in Regina. The group meets once a month to do an activity or listen to a guest speaker. Dates for 2018 are January 17, February 21, April 18 and May 23. All activities are predetermined by the group. For more information contact Thelma at 306-569-0235.

 

New Technology and Rate plans


Sasktel Discount Rate Program

Through CNIB's stewardship, SaskTel has created a Wireless Accessibility Credit ($15 Wireless Credit) for customers who identify as Blind, Deaf, or hard of hearing. The Wireless Accessibility Credit provides customers with the flexibility to choose a converged rate plan with a data bucket that best suits their data consumption needs. The credit was created to offset the costs of components of a plan that a customer may not able to use. A Self-declaration form must be filled out by customer (or rep on behalf of customer) in order to receive the credit. You can find the form here: 

Telus Discount Rate and Accessible Services

Telus has a rate plans for people with disabilities and services that are accessible. For more information go to: http://www.telus.com/en/sk/get-help/accessibility/topic.do?&INTCMP=TcomFooter_accessibility​

 

Volunteer Opportunities



Regina Volunteer Opportunities:
Family Fun Day volunteers.
Vision Mates – volunteers to work with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.

Saskatoon Volunteer Opportunities: 
Program Facilitators – We are running new programs in the spring and the curriculum has been developed. We are looking for one person for Care Partners. 
Vision Mates – volunteers to work with someone who is blind or partially sighted. Helping with shopping groceries, opening mail and organizing household items.
Callers - volunteers willing to make phonecalls to clients about the new Foundation Programs.


If any of these opportunities sound like something you would like to try please contact:
In Regina, Ashley Nemeth at ashley.nemeth@cnib.ca or call 306-565-5413. 
In Saskatoon, Ashley Hay at ashley.hay@cnib.ca ​or call 306-374-4545.

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