CNIB Thanks Myra Rodrigues 

Photo in colour of Myra with her guide dog, CaramelMyra Rodrigues has been involved with CNIB since the age of four, first as a client, then as Rehabilitation Services staff member and, most recently, as a volunteer and member of CNIB’s National Board of Directors. She has served as Chair of CNIB’s Programs and Services Committee and also worked with two colleagues on the creation of a new Canadian braille textbook.

In her spare time, Myra enjoys reading, music, travel and the outdoors. She is an active member of the WoW Power Walking team and over the past three years has completed numerous 5k and 10k races and half-marathons, as well as two full marathons.

“I grew up with vision loss, and as a result I have come to know CNIB quite intimately. From the time I became a client at the age of four to my present involvement as a volunteer, I can attest to CNIB’s commitment to individuals affected by vision loss. CNIB has made a profound difference in my life and in the lives of so many others.”
- Myra Rodrigues

In 2007, Myra decided to celebrate her 65th birthday by organizing a year-long event to raise money for the CNIB Library’s Right to Read Campaign. During that year, she participated in long distance power walks across the country, collecting pledges for an organization she says made a profound difference in her life and in the lives of many others. Among the events Myra participated in were the Toronto Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, the Yukon River Trail Race in Whitehorse, the Bluenose Marathon in Halifax and the Banque Scotia 21K in Montreal.

In total, Myra participated in 13 events across the country and raised $60,000 for the CNIB Library. Myra’s energy and enthusiasm were inspiring, and CNIB would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her hard work and dedication to CNIB. Friends like Myra ensure that people living with vision loss can continue to enjoy a good quality of life and realize their full potential through access to library materials in alternative formats.