Join the CNIB 1000 Challenge

Want a new year's resolution you can keep? 

For many individuals, the dawn of a new year means a new set of resolutions and goals. While many individuals hope to eat healthier, quit smoking or frequent the gym as part of their resolutions, individuals with vision loss aspire to travel on the bus independently, cross an intersection confidently, or cook in their kitchen after losing their sight. 
This year, resolve to make a lasting difference in the lives of Nova Scotians who are blind or partially sighted.
Become a visionary and join the challenge as a monthly donor. CNIB is recruiting 1,000 like-minded individuals to give back as part of their new year’s aspirations: $10 per month, that’s all it takes.

All funds raised here, stay here. Your generous support will help Nova Scotians with vision loss build the confidence and skills to do everyday tasks independently, whether it’s preparing a meal, walking safely with a white cane or using assistive technology to pursue an education.
Your incredible generosity will help people like Ellen, Craig, Michael, Stephanie, Pat and Brian lead independent and active lives.
For more information contact;
Phil Laven
Coordinator of Community Giving
T: 902 453 1480 ext 5727

Ellen Johnson - Bridgewater, NS

Diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease Ellen Johnson
as a child, Ellen Johnson knew she would face certain challenges in her life because of her vision loss.

By fifth grade, Ellen had trouble seeing the board and in eighth grade, she could no longer read regular print.

Read Ellen's story 

Craig Aucoin - Pictou, NS 

Craig AucoinCraig Aucoin has participated in seven triathlons and is currently training to ride across Canada on a tandem bicycle with his good friend and personal trainer, Lloyd McLean. Craig is looking to raise funds and awareness for CNIB and two other charities that have played an important role in his personal development.

Twenty years ago, this would have been unthinkable for Craig. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, his eyesight became progressively worse in his mid teens.

Read Craig's story 

Michael Carter - Cape Breton, NS

Michael CarterMichael Carter is looking forward to
another summer on the lake - either lake Joe in the Muskoka region of Ontario or the Bras d'Or Lakes in Cape Breton.

The 28-year-old from St. Peter's, Cape Breton, enjoys spending time with his father at the cabin and boating on the Bras d'Or Lakes.

Read Michael's story 

Stephanie Berry - Halifax, NS

Stephanie BerryStephanie Berry doesn’t let anything hold her back from living life to the fullest. Through goal ball, yoga, rowing and running, Stephanie maintains a very active lifestyle.  

Read Stephanie’s story




Pat Gates - Halifax, NS

Pat GatesImagine being a prisoner in your home: too afraid to venture outside and not having the support or encouragement to make any sort of change. For Pat Gates, such a scenario dominated her life for 10 years as she lived in isolation while coping with glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy – two eye conditions that have left her with very little vision since 2000.

Read Pat’s story

Brian MacLeod - Truro, NS

Brian MacLeodSince Brian MacLeod lost his sight nearly 25 years ago, he has achieved some monumental accomplishments that many people can only dream of! The Truro resident is one of the best blind golfers in the world, winning the Canadian Blind Open three times, the US Blind Open twice, and the Italian Blind Open and Australia Blind Open once. He also ranked second place in the World Blind Open twice.

Read Brian’s story

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