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Peer Support Programs

Understanding, support, mentorship and advice. Peer Support groups give you the opportunity to connect with others who are living with sight loss.

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Saskatchewan and Manitoba Indigenous Peer Support Group

This program is designed for blind or partially sighted indigenous individuals who are wanting to connect with others who are experiencing similar circumstances in a safe and comfortable setting. Participants will have the opportunity to help choose various topics this group would like to discuss each session as well as have the option to share ideas, suggestions, stories, worries, etc. with the group. This Saskatchewan and Manitoba Indigenous Peer Support Group meets on Zoom, the first and third Wednesday of every month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Central Time.
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Parenting With Sight Loss Group

A support group for blind/partially sighted parents. From infancy to adulthood - blind mothers and fathers can learn, explore, and share their triumphs, challenges, tips and stories among peers in a supportive environment. The group meets twice monthly in order to accommodate busy schedules.
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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.
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Barrie Coffee Kings

This coffee group for the guys is currently virtual, and offers an opportunity for interesting and relevant 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. Barrie Coffee Kings meets at the CNIB Barrie Hub on the second Tuesday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Women's Virtual Peer Support Group

If you're struggling to overcome the emotional challenges of sight loss and wish you had someone to help you work through these feelings, you’re not alone. We're here for you. Join this supportive group of women who meet to talk about issues surrounding vision loss.  The Women's Virtual Peer Support Group is hosted on a teleconference on the second Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m.  Mountain Time.  Call in information will be shared after registering. 
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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. The Charles Bonnet Syndrome Group meets on Zoom on the third Wednesday of every month from 1 to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Coffee Club – Thunder Bay Area

Connecting people with vision loss from Thunder Bay and across Northwestern Ontario for social interaction, information sharing, supporting one another and camaraderie. The Thunder Bay Coffee Club meets at CNIB Thunder Bay on the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Kingston Coffee and Chat

Join us for coffee and great conversation. We will have guest speakers, and an opportunity to talk with others who are going through similar challenges in a confidential and non-judgmental setting. Coffee & Chat meets at the CNIB Kingston Hub on the third Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time. 
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Ottawa Coffee/Tea and Chat

Join us for coffee or tea and great conversation. There will be guest speakers, interesting conversations and a chance to connect with your peers and community. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Come on out, meet with your peers, let’s chat! Ottawa Coffee/Tea and Chat meets at the CNIB Ottawa Hub on the third Wednesday of every month from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern Time. 
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Sudbury Peer Group – Virtual

This peer support group is intended to allow participants that reside in the Sudbury area to meet and engage virtually. This peer support group meets on Zoom, the first Wednesday of every month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Eastern.