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Brantford resident can’t imagine life without her smartphone

June 29, 2020

Seventy-four-year-old Claire from Brantford recently received a smartphone from the CNIB Foundation’s Phone It Forward program. Now she can’t imagine life without it.

Read the full interview here: Brantford resident can't imagine life without her smartphone

 

Angela Bonfanti chats with Joan Kelley Walker

June 25, 2020

Angela Bonfanti, the CNIB Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Foundation Programs, recently chatted with Joan Kelley Walker about how the Foundation is adapting its summer programming and fundraising initiatives in a time of COVID. Bonfanti provides more details on the upcoming virtual fundraiser Dock to Dock: A Party with a Purpose in support of the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre taking place on August 15th, as well as some other fun initiatives in the works for the fall and winter.

Watch the full interview here: Angela Bonfanti chats with Joan Kelley Walker

 

Angela Bonfanti chats with AMI's Laura Bain

June 1, 2020

Angela Bonfanti spoke with Accessible Media Inc. about CNIB’s virtual program offerings. Learn how we're adapting and ensuring Canadians with sight loss are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic in this short interview with Laura Bain.

Watch the full interview here: Angela Bonfanti chats with AMI's Laura Bain

 

Passing time with CNIB, Read to Me!

May 21, 2020

When COVID-19 began to emerge, it took the world by surprise. In what seemed like an instant, millions of lifestyles were changed when physical distancing measures were put in place. Like many around the world, Norma Cowell, a proud grandmother of three from London, Ontario, is facing the hardships created by the virus – including the loss of a dear friend.

Read the full interview here: Passing time with CNIB, Read to Me!

 

Living with sight loss during COVID-19

May 19, 2020

The CNIB Foundation recently checked in with Winnipeg’s Marianne Swarek, 89 years young, who was diagnosed with macular degeneration in her 40s. She spoke with us about living with sight loss during the pandemic – she shared the challenges she is facing as well as her advice for staying positive. 

Read the full interview here: Living with sight loss during COVID-19

 

Ben Mulroney chats with a Vision Mate Partnership

May 13, 2020

CNIB brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, meets with a Vision Mate partnership to discuss how the program has changed during COVID-19.

Watch the full interview here: Ben Mulroney chats with a Vision Mate Partnership

 

Guide dog brings positivity during pandemic

May 11, 2020

Everyone is adapting to a world where everyday activities are vastly different than they were just two months ago. While adjusting to this new way of life, Ottawa’s Dr. Erin Maloney says her days are brighter because of her guide dog, Winston. 

Read the full interview here: Guide dog brings positivity during pandemic

 

How has COVID-19 impacted your life?

May 7, 2020

How has COVID-19 impacted your life? We might be physically apart, but it’s more important than ever to stay connected. Every day for a week, we posted a new question on our Facebook page for you to comment on. You shared your experiences and advice. Your stories and tips. Your perspective and your voice. We wanted to hear from you, and you delivered!

Here's what you told us: COVID-19 questions & answers

 

Ben Mulroney talks International Guide Dog Day

April 29, 2020

CNIB’s brand ambassador, Ben Mulroney, talks about the importance of International Guide Dog Day with Diane Bergeron, President CNIB Guide Dogs.

Watch the full interview here: Ben Mulroney talks International Guide Dog Day

 

The more things change, the more they stay the same

April 27, 2020

When Nova Scotia's Mary Cogswell was matched with Kristin, a medical student at Dalhousie University, there was an instant connection in 2014. Since then, Kristin has been visiting Mary every week and providing sighted assistance as part of the CNIB Foundation's Vision Mate program.

Read the full interview here: The more things change, the more they stay the same

 

Comfort in cuddles

April 22, 2020

With schools closed due to COVID-19, children and youth across the country are finding themselves struggling with boredom. Calgary’s Zach Abdalla is no exception, though he’s finding comfort in a special companion, his CNIB Buddy Dog, Elsie. Thirteen-year-old Zach was already prepared to spend time away from school this spring, after undergoing Baerveldt Implant surgery on March 13. After a long and complicated journey with sight loss, this was his 19th eye surgery – his first one being at four months old. The surgery saved some of his remaining vision in his right eye.

Read the full interview here: Comfort in cuddles

 

A chat with Joan Kelley Walker and Angela Bonfanti

April 21, 2020

Award-winning philanthropist and humanitarian, Joan Kelley Walker, sits down with Angela Bonfanti, Senior Vice President, CNIB Foundation Programs for an intimate chat about COVID-19 and how it has impacted the sight loss community.

Watch the full interview here: A chat with Joan Kelley Walker and Angela Bonfanti

 

Ben Mulroney and CNIB Guide Dogs Buddy Team Zach and Elsie

April 6, 2020

CNIB Brand Ambassador, Ben Mulroney, chats with CNIB Guide Dogs buddy dog team, Zach and Elsie.  Hear from Zach about how Elsie is helping him through COVID-19 social distancing and recovering from a recent surgery. Zach also tells Ben about his experience with CNIB’s virtual programs. 

Watch the full interview here: Ben Mulroney and CNIB Guide Dogs Buddy Team Zach and Elsie

 

“Balcony jam sessions” bringing Toronto community (almost) together

April 2, 2020

Like many Canadians today, Christine Malec is looking to stay connected with her community and the world around her. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is isolating themselves from the outside world – but many don’t consider how challenging this can be for those with a disability.  Ever since people started staying in their homes, Christine's been leading “balcony jam sessions” in her Toronto neighbourhood. Understanding how difficult isolation can be, she wanted to help make a difference in her community. 

Read the full interview here: “Balcony jam sessions” bringing Toronto community (almost) together