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Peer Support Programs

It's not unusual to feel depressed, angry or alone when you experience a loss of sight. There will probably be times when you wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings. If you're struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of sight loss, we're here for you. Peer Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are living with sight loss.

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Guide Dog Handlers Chat Group

This is a safe and supportive place for guide dog handlers from across the country to get together and chat. Share the joys and challenges of being a guide dog handler as well as tips to keep our guide dogs happy and engaged. This group runs via Zoom web conference on Friday biweekly from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Brockville VIP Group

A monthly group for clients, and their family member/ friend who live in the Brockville and surrounding area to get together, socialize, and connect with others who are living with sight loss. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the first Tuesday of every month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Virtual Coffee Group

Join us every Friday for a virtual meet up in the prairies with a friendly bunch of people looking to connect with others across the country! This group meets via teleconference every Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Oakville Weekly Peer Support

Join weekly on Mondays through zoom or by phone to connect with other people in the Oakville area for conversation, support and good practices. This peer support group meets via Zoom web conference every Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Richmond Hill VIP

Understanding, support, mentorship and advice when you need it most. Struggling with the emotional challenges of sight loss? We're here for you. This is a peer support group in Richmond Hill led by volunteer, Miriam Salah. This peer support group meets on the first Thursday of every month from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Virtual Zoom Coffee and Chat - Moncton

The informal coffee chat group is a chance to socialize and meet new people. It is a very warm and welcoming group of regulars and newcomers. his is a recurring meeting and it will be the same information to log on each time. This group runs via Zoom web conference and telephone every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Atlantic Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Barrie Coffee Kings

This coffee group for men offers an opportunity to meet new people and start interesting discussions with others who are experiencing vision loss. Get comfortable in your favourite chair and set yourself up with snacks and coffee or your beverage of choice, then bring on the conversation. Learn and talk about relevant and interesting topics. The group meets in-person at CNIB Barrie on the second Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. 
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Guide Dog Handlers Group

This is a program for guide dog handlers and prospective guide dog handlers to come together and support each other in being a handler. This groups is a great resource for those who are interested in getting a guide dog and want to ask questions and get the perspective of a variety of handlers from a variety of guide dog schools. This group is also a way to support handlers who are going through retirement or death of a guide dog. This group meets via Zoom web conference or telephone on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. CST. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Seeing Things: Charles Bonnet Syndrome Group

This group is specifically for those who are experiencing symptoms/have had a diagnosis of CBS. Participants meet monthly for this conversational support group.  This group runs via Zoom web conference the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.
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Black Voices United

This is a program for persons with sight loss and staff who identify as Black. This was developed to meet the needs and provide support to this community. This group runs via Zoom web conference on the last Monday of very month from 6 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.