People We Help

Thousands of people across Canada, of all ages and from all walks of life, use CNIB's programs and services. Here are some of their stories.

  • Victoria Nolan wanted to be a teacher ever since she was five. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) at 18, she went on to obtain a Master's in Child Study and Education and became a special education teacher in 1999. Read Victoria Nolan's story
  • Olivette Shaw developed cataracts and her world became increasingly blurry. Read Olivette's story
  • Brian Hill of Duncan, BC: Beijing Paralympian with a connection to CNIB. Read Brian's story
  • Huguette Cotton of Kapuskasing, Ontario: Eye Van patient. Read Huguette's story.
  • Stephanie Masterson of Timmins, Ontario: Victim of a floor hockey game at age 13. Read Stephanie's Story
  • David Conorton
    lost his vision to diabetic retinopathy in 2005. Read David's Story
  • Penny Hartin & Oliana
    were introduced at the San Rafael, California, campus of Guide Dogs for the Blind in May 2006 and have been inseparable ever since. Read Penny & Oliana's Story
  • Wendy Hoang, is a young women preparing for potentially losing her vision completely. Read Wendy's Story
  • Ray Smith's life changed forever when he was blinded in an accident on the job in 1986. Read Ray's Story

More Stories

We also get many letters and emails from people with vision loss, and their family members and caregivers. Read what they're saying about how CNIB has made a difference in their lives.