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Seven Colourful CNIB Lake Joe staff t-shirts from over the years.

CNIB Lake Joe Staff & Volunteer Alumni

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Since CNIB Lake Joe first opened its doors in 1961, staff and volunteers like you have been creating life-changing opportunities for people with sight loss and their families. You made a difference then, and we invite you to continue making a difference now as part of the CNIB Lake Joe Staff & Volunteer Alumni. It’s easy, fun and free!

Get started

If you are a current or past staff member or volunteer, join the alumni by completing a short online questionnaire. There’s no fee to join!

Have fun

Once you’ve signed-up, we’ll start connecting you with like-minded individuals who share a passion and commitment to CNIB Lake Joe. Some will be old friends you toasted marshmallows with at the campfire back in the day. Others will be friends you haven’t met yet! We will be hosting fun “pop up” camp alumni events online and in person (when it’s safe to do so) at Lake Joe and in your local communities. Join our CNIB Lake Joe Alumni Facebook group for updates.

Stay in the loop

We will also share news you can use about what’s new and exciting at CNIB Lake Joe. We hope you’ll see how your achievements have made it possible for Lake Joe to grow, evolve and adapt to constant changes. 

Key Projects!

As part of our growing CNIB Lake Joe community, you can create your legacy for future generations of people with sight loss! There are two important initiatives we are working on for alumni who want to roll up their sleeves:

  1. Send kids to camp! Donate at www.cnib.ca/SendKidsToCamp to support our subsidy and bursary programs. You can remove barriers of registration and transportation costs and enable more children and youth to experience the 'magic of camp'.
  2. Participate in a work weekend! We are combining a CNIB Lake Joe Alumni Reunion & Work Weekend, April 29-May 1. Simply register online to save your space for an incredible celebration (limited capacity): https://cniblakejoe.campbrainregistration.com/. Here are some details below:
  • Overall schedule:
    • Arrive Friday, April 29th by 7 pm
    • Saturday we’ll work and play all day!
    • Departure Sunday morning, May 1st at 11 am
  • Rooming:
    • We have 30 private rooms available.
    • You are welcome to bring a guest/roommate to help with the work…and the fun too! We simply ask that they complete a separate online registration as well.
  • Covering costs:
    • We are so grateful for your willingness to work to make CNIB Lake Joe “welcome-ready” for our guests. Many of our alumni members have said that they want to cover the costs of their work weekend stay. As such, we are asking guests to pay $75 to help cover basic costs like meals, refreshments, etc. You can pay online when you register.
  • Other important details:
    • CNIB Lake Joe will provide everything you need EXCEPT bedding and towels. Please bring your pillow and sheets/blankets (twin size beds) or a sleeping bag to keep warm and comfy.
    • Guests are welcome to bring their own alcoholic beverages to enjoy (BYOB).
    • All staff, volunteers and guests at CNIB Lake Joe must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see our updated FAQ for full details.

Down the road, our dream is to  build “Billy’s Bunkie.” The last original 1961 building on site will be retrofitted and repurposed as a dedicated space where staff and volunteers come together for team building, training, program planning, recharging and refreshing. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting this building, you know how important this is! We want to name this building in honour of Bill Vastis, a passionate advocate, loyal mentor and devoted CNIB Lake Joe team member who passed away unexpectedly January, 2019. It was always his dream to have an active Lake Joe alumni.

Please help us spread the word about this awesome alumni opportunity to all your Lake Joe contacts (staff and volunteers). The more the merrier!

If you have questions – or suggestions! – please contact Sherri Helsdingen, Manager, Community Engagement at Sherri.Helsdingen@cnib.ca or 705-241-2907.