CNIB Ontario West Programs

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CNIB Ontario West Offices

67 King Street
Brantford, ON N3T 3C8
phone: (519) 752-6831

115 Parkdale Ave South
Hamilton, ON L8K 6K4
phone: (905) 528-8555

151 Frederick Street
Suite 201
Kitchener, ON N2H 2M2
phone: (519) 742-3536

749 Baseline Road
London, ON N6C 2R6
phone: (519) 685-8420

Owen Sound
202 – 908 2nd Avenue East
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H6
phone: (519) 371-2721

St. Catharines
243 Church Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3E8
phone: (905) 688-0022

4900 Wyandotte Street East
Suite 200
Windsor, ON N8Y 1H7
phone: (519) 253-1900

CNIB Ontario West Leadership

Robert Gaunt.jpgRob Gaunt was recruited to the role of Executive Director, Ontario West Region in September 2016. Prior to returning to his home region of Ontario West, for the previous three years, Rob had been serving as Regional Manager, Northwestern Ontario & Timmins for CNIB. In 1999, Rob had relocated to Thunder Bay after graduating from the University of Guelph, and retiring from an athletics background. Throughout his time in the North Region, Rob acquired 16 years of experience in public education, health promotion, and human, financial, facilities and program management, working with 3 different National level organizations, including the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Northern Regional Hospital, and CNIB.

Rob has gained extensive experience in advocacy and accessibility through his contributions to a variety of committees and organizations including the University of Guelph Sport and Recreation Equality on Campus program, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre Accessibility Advisory Team, CNIB's Ontario Advisory Board and Advocacy Board, the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO) Transportation Standards Development Committee (SDC), recent appointment to the ADO Information and Communications SDC, and through a wide range of municipal and grass-roots community initiatives.

As a client of CNIB services himself, Rob is also able to provide personal testimony to the benefits of CNIB programs and services for blind and partially sighted Canadians.
Ontario West Advisory Board

  • Vicki Mayer - London (Chair): Vicki Mayer, Executive Director, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc. (ATN) works with a dynamic team to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to gain access to employment, reach their educational goals and improve the quality of their lives through a variety of assessment, skills upgrading and personal development services. ATN specializes in computer training and computer assisted learning. In 1991, Vicki spearheaded a feasibility study regarding the impact of assistive technology on employment for individuals living with sight loss. ATN’s first Skills Training for Employment program started with eight students and the equivalent of three full time staff. Now, ATN serves more than 500 individuals each year through 18 full-time positions and several contract positions. For more than 25 years, Vicki’s innovative training approach has helped hundreds of people with disabilities gain the necessary confidence and skills to find meaningful employment.
  • Rob Nevin - Guelph (Vice-Chair): Rob Nevin, Principal of the company U-R-Able, acts as an innovator, change agent and connector to improve the lives of people who are blind, partially sighted and deafblind. His company has deep relationships with blindness organizations around the globe, including CNIB, National Federation of the Blind (USA), National Industries for the Blind (USA), Perkins School for the Blind (USA), Vision Australia, The Blind Foundation (New Zealand) and RNIB (UK). Through U-R-Able, Rob has partnered with European software engineering companies Dräger and Lienert (Germany) and MIPsoft (Finland). In 2015, CNIB awarded the Winston Gordon Award for excellence in accessible technology to MIPsoft for “BlindSquare”. This GPS-style app offers seamless waypoint navigation and information for both outdoors and indoor navigation for persons who are blind. BlindSquare is presented in 26 languages and present in 160 countries with over 500 indoor locations being served. Rob has been involved in several projects with CNIB, including the current "ShopTalk" project in Toronto.  This project, through the placement of small bluetooth beacons, "illuminates indoor locations with information" otherwise not available without GPS to guide the "next steps" for a customer who is blind.
  • Joe Eydt - London: Joe Eydt believes everyone who is blind or partially sighted should have access to quality programs and services that enable independence. As someone who has been living with sight loss for 34 years, Joe has volunteered as a CNIB ambassador and advocate, and he’s been involved with a number of regional and provincial planning committees. Throughout his 20-year career in revenue generation and communications, Joe has witnessed the benefits of philanthropy in action and he’s looking forward to improving the lives of those with sight loss through his work with the Ontario-West Advisory Board. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from King’s University College at Western University and a fund development diploma from Fanshawe College; he’s currently studying Human Resources Management at Fanshawe.
  • Jonathan Janzen - Niagara: Jonathan Janzen aims to strengthen independence and accessibility for people with sight loss through the CNIB Ontario-West Foundation. As a father of a daughter who was born blind, his family has been blessed by the many services that CNIB offers. This has inspired him to organize and participate in local fundraising events, and serve the community through his work with the Ontario-West Advisory Board. Jonathan is a Chartered Professional Accountant and works as the Director of Corporate Services for the Town of Fort Erie, which includes leadership of the finance, human resources and legal functions of the municipality. Outside the office, he has a passion for music and travel that he shares with his wife and four children.
  • Emily Ricker - Brantford: Emily Ricker, Residence Manager, W. Ross Macdonald School (WRMS), is a forward-thinking leader who is highly motivated and creative. She has natural intuition in recognizing how to support others and is sensitive to individual’s needs. As someone who excels at empowering others and encouraging them to accomplish their goals, Emily’s positive attitude provides a strong foundation for community members who are blind, partially sighted and deafblind. Emily is an efficient and effective team player who generates a high volume of positive outcomes. In previous roles, she has managed and implemented positive changes in services for children, youth, and adults within the Social Service Sector. She has also held a number of advisory roles within Special Education.
  • Scott Seiler - Chesley: Scott Seiler has been advocating for the rights of people with disabilities for more than 30 years. As a student living with sight loss in the 1980s when the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was enacted, he approached the Dean of Humber College regarding adequate accommodations for a rehabilitation program he was enrolled in. As a result of his efforts, he met with consultants to create an accessible office space at the college. Scott graduated in 1988 and accepted a case management position with Community Living where he advocated for adults with intellectual disabilities. He has also worked for the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. In the 1990s, Scott was a member of the NDP’s social assistance reform project team and he was hired by a coalition of community-based agencies, service providers and advocates to help coordinate the development of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Scott also taught an advocacy program, a first-of-its-kind in Canada, and social worker courses at Humber College. Since then, he has moved to Owen Sound. Recently, he chaired the Grey County accessibility committee.
  • Glen Wade - Kitchener: Glen Wade, Manager, Quality Assurance-Special Projects, Rogers Communications, is a solution-oriented individual who excels at bringing a team together to strengthen collaboration and ensure the best possible outcomes. As someone who is passionate about enhancing the lives of people with sight loss, Glen is a member of Rogers Communications’ Persons with Disabilities committee and the accessibility council. Outside the office, he serves as President of the Ontario Blind Sports Association (OBSA) to provide the best provincial sport delivery system for people who are blind/partially sighted from participation to the podium. Glen has played goalball at the provincial and national levels; he represented Canada at the 1984 and 1992 Paralympics. As an active volunteer in his community, Glen is a coach/facilitator with the KW Goalball Program and he’s a member of the KW Accessible Sport Council.
  • Mary Weingarden - Windsor: Mary Weingarden is a retired educator who believes in supporting her community. She has been actively involved with several charities and organizations, including CNIB, the University of Windsor, and the Art Gallery of Windsor, where she’s served on the board and executive board. Mary has received degrees from the University of Windsor in French (post-graduate) and Education; she’s also completed course work at the University of Western Ontario and the London School of Education (London, England). Mary has travelled extensively and enjoys learning about new cultures and places. With an appreciation for service animals, Mary became involved with CNIB when the guide dog program was launched in April 2017.