To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Chapters,
Hello, hoping you all are keeping healthy and safe… I admit the COVID-19 crisis has changed my routine, as it has probably done to yours as well. But I am naturally optimistic and positive in nature and we will get through this situation – I know in time it will get better and my hope and faith will see me through. Letting you know, our next CCB BC-Yukon Division’s Chapter Call In session is Thursday March 19th at 10:00 AM; Kelvin Adams will be hosting, Vern Short will be on the line and I will be taking notes… The call in number is 1-866-351-5099, when you hear the voice press the pound (#) key and say or punch in the onetime participation code 311. Hoping you or someone from your Chapter will take the time to participate. Remember this is your opportunity to share and give a voice to what is happening within our Division. And please do not hesitate to contact me or any other Board Member if you have any questions. Hope to hear you on the call, Ann
***Ann McNabb, President
on behalf of Membership
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)
Canadian Council of the Blind
Date and Time: March 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time
Call-in Number: 1-866-351-5099
when you hear the voice press the pound key and enter or say the one-time;
participation code 311.
What we practice daily is what we build a life on. Practice peace, love and kindness.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, to Serve as Viceregal Patron, to the Canadian Council of the Blind
February 26, 2020 – Ottawa, ON –The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is honoured that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has agreed to serve, as it’s viceregal patron. We recognize this longstanding practice and are comitted to Her Excellency’s goal “to build on this tradition of recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society, by increasing the reach and impact of this relationship.”
“The Council is humbled by the continued recognition of its advocacy on behalf of the 1,560,000 Canadians living with vision loss and its role in changing what it means to be blind,” said the CCB’s National President Louise Gillis. “Whether it’s an awareness initiative or advocating governments for improved access and funding, the CCB identifies and addresses the specific barriers and obstacles that confront those with vision loss living in Canada. Our original mission and role (outlined in 1944), to promote the well-being of people with vision loss through advocacy, education, gainful employment, social association, and achieving a better quality of life, continues to this day.”
Today’s Canadian Council of the Blind
The CCB is the Voice of the Blind™ in Canada. Founded 75 years ago in 1944 by returning blind veterans and schools of the blind, the CCB is a membership-based registered charity that brings together Canadians who are blind, living with vision loss, or deaf-blind through chapters within their own local communities that provide the opportunity to share common interests and social activities.
The CCB works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss through advocacy and its dedication to building public awareness, improving the well-being of people with seeing disabilities and of its responsibility to promote and provide a better understanding of, and solutions for, the barriers faced by those living with vision loss all while shouting out, that a lack of sight, is not a lack of vision.
The CCB is proud of these efforts to change what it means to be blind, of its success in partnering and building relationships with other national and international organizations of, and for the blind. Most importantly, of its leadership role through initiatives that call for access to accessible, assistive technology, the provision of the very best in available medical treatments, and the fostering of patients’ rights, all while recognizing that blindness and vision loss are avoidable.
No matter what life throws your way, no matter how unfair it may seem, refuse to play the victim. Refuse to be ruled by fear, pessimism and negativity. Refuse to quit.
Be a warrior and work through whatever life throws your way with courage, love and positivity. And continually push forward.
Because you are a survivor of the unfairness of life. You are stronger than you think. And you are capable of achieving far more than you believe.
We each walk different paths, we all have separate mountains to climb. That’s not the difference though, the difference is what we do when we reach the top. Some do it with grace and kindly reach down and help another up. Some become privileged and think they are better than those at the bottom, some never reach the top at all but are always in an infinite struggle. I hope that if I ever reach the top of my mountain, that I have the grace and kindness in my heart to help someone climb their own. In doing so I hope to make their climb a little easier, and keep them from sliding back down.
To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,
This information is being sent out for TEAM LIMITLESS – THE BLIND CLIMB MOUNT KILIMANJARO 2020…
In preparation for our Mt. Kilimanjaro trek, CCB Team Limitless has made application for the Holman Prize and would appreciate your support by viewing the 90 second video link below. Please like it, post it, email, share, embed, call people to watch it, anything you can do to get it out there would be very much appreciated.
Winning the Holman Prize would be an incredible boost to our fundraising efforts.
The Holman Prize is brought to you by:
Light House For The Blind
The Holman Prize
The Lighthouse launched the Holman Prize in 2017 to raise awareness about blind achievement and reward ambitious projects by blind individuals.
Thank you in advance for any support you are able to provide.
Lori Fry – ODIFRY@shaw.ca
Team Limitless is comprised of members from across Canada that include both totally and legally blind individuals along with their sighted guides.
Although each team member has their own personal reason for accepting the challenge, collectively the team will demonstrate the ability to overcome adversities while providing inspiration, hope and empowerment to others dealing with vision loss, blindness or other life challenges.
On September 1st, 2020 the trek will begin with Lori Fry and Jim Vinson representing British Columbia, Arlette Heck will represent Alberta along with other low vision and blind participants and their sighted guides from across Canada.
Team Limitless is now seeking contributions through sponsorship and donation to help raise funds to support their quest to conquer Mount Kili.
For further details, contact Lori Fry at 250-395-2452, Jim Vinson at 250-609-3088 or Arlette Heck at 403-625-9129. Email them at email@example.com
100 Mile House & District White Cane Club
PO Box 1232
100 Mile House, BC
Donations made by cheque should be payable to:
CCB 100 Mile House WCC.
GO FUND ME: No Sight, No Problem-The Blind Mount Kili Climb.
***Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division