Premier Prentice's "Alberta Looks Ahead" an encouraging sign for Albertans with vision loss

3/25/2015

EDMONTON - As Alberta's primary provider of rehabilitative care for the visually-impaired, CNIB is encouraged to hear Premier Jim Prentice's plan to attain economic sustainability while ensuring the right supports exist for vulnerable Albertans. The charitable organization looks forward to having continued discussions with the Government of Alberta on how to enable Albertans with vision loss through primary rehabilitation - so they can lead independent lives and contribute to our greater society.

"The Premier made it very clear that the government will protect the most vulnerable," said John McDonald, the organization's executive director. "This is very reassuring to the more than 53,000 Albertans who live with blindness or partial sight."

"For CNIB, as a charity that receives government funding to provide rehabilitative care, we hope that this is a sign for continued and expanded collaboration moving forward."

On March 23, 2015, CNIB started the #WeHaveAVision campaign and has already engaged with countless individuals and organizations through social media on outlining the future vision for the province of Alberta, particularly as it pertains to those living with blindness or partial sight. Over the next five weeks, CNIB's clients and supporters will share their vision with decision-makers in their own communities.

"Like the Premier, CNIB is also looking ahead,” added McDonald. “We’re dreaming big about what the future looks like for people with vision loss.”

To request an interview with a CNIB spokesperson or Champion, please contact:

Jung-Suk Ryu
Director, Public Affairs
cell 780.901.6779
js.ryu@cnib.ca

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