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From left to right, John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, Eyre Purkin Bien, Senior advisor, Philanthropy, three members of the Nanji Family, Garry Nenson Vice President of Philanthropy for CNIB, and Shane Silver, Vice President of Social Enterprises for CNIB. The group stands together in front of the new Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre.

CNIB unveils new, interactive retail experience: The Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre

TORONTO, September 16, 2020: The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Toronto on September 15, 2020.

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Events

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Talking about your vision loss at work

Topics covered include pros and cons of talking with your employer about vision loss, when you should or shouldn’t, and how to go about doing so if you choose to. This workshop meets via Zoom web conference on September 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. Atlantic Time. Call in information will be given upon registration. 

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Blogs

David with his daughter in one arm and his guide dog, Lilo's, harness in his other hand, smiling for the camera on Mont Tremblant overlooking Versant Sud, QB

Humans with CNIB Guide Dogs: David & Lilo

“It never felt like I adopted Lilo, it was like Lilo adopted me. She was so calm and affectionate right from the start – it was like she didn’t want to leave my side. I was told she thrived in busy and active situations, which was perfect for me and my frequent travels downtown and in other cities." -David

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Virtual Vision Mate Program

To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week.

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COVID-19 Resources

Visit our new COVID-19 Resources webpage to get the latest information on everything from new foundation programs to our physical distancing advocacy initiatives and interviews with program participants.

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Tech Mate

Make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted by providing leisure companionship in your community to someone who is blind or partially sighted.

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Leisure Mate

Make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted by providing leisure companionship in your community to someone who is blind or partially sighted.

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