Chapter Call In – March 19

Calling all chapters – the next scheduled chapter call in session will be Thursday March 19th at 10:00 am BC time. Any chapter member can participate to share ideas and updates, ask questions and connect with other BC-Yukon Division chapters. Call in instructions will be posted closer to the date.

CCB BC-Yukon Division’s Call In session – Thursday January 16th

I apologize for sending this reminder of our CCB BC-Yukon Division’s next Chapter Call In session for Thursday January 16th at 10:00 AM a bit last minute; and thank you Judy for the reminder… 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 353. 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



APRIL 21 & 22, 2020


The Westerly Hotel
1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC V9N 2K4
Located in the heart of Comox Valley


* Monday, April 20th – Delegate Travel Day
“All About BC Gaming” Workshop
“Making Connections” Meet ‘n Greet

* Tuesday, April 21st
“Breakfast With Dr. Glen Hoar…” Speaker
“Exploring Community Connections” Workshop

* Wednesday, April 22nd
Annual General Meeting
“More Community Connections” Open House
“75th Anniversary Celebration” Banquet

* Thursday, April 23rd – Travel Day

This year we are inviting those on site by 1:30 PM on April 20th to join the “All About BC Gaming” Workshop – how BC Gaming works facilitated by Geraldine Foster;
and to join us on April 21st for “Breakfast With Dr. Glen Hoar…” – an ophthalmic physician and surgeon talking shop with us over breakfast; “Exploring Community Connections” Workshop – hosted by Jeff Crisp, an opportunity to experience the Comox Valley – including singing, wine, picnicking and more…; and “More Community Connections” Open House – an opportunity for you and the public to learn more about the CCB and what it offers – from sports & recreation to technology – and some enterprising members – beadwork to coffee – and community/personal choices available in the Comox Valley – service clubs to cannabis – and much more!

Your Delegate & their Guide
Every Chapter in good standing belonging to the Canadian Council of the Blind, BC-Yukon Division is eligible to send a delegate.
Your delegate’s National and Division membership dues must be up to date.
A delegate is able to bring a guide if necessary.
Delegates will be responsible for one hotel night, partial transportation, travel meals and breakfast on April 22nd and 23rd.
The CCB BC-Yukon Division will be responsible for two hotel nights; breakfast, lunch and dinner on April 21st; and lunch and the banquet on April 22nd.
If necessary assistance may be available upon request for costs covered by the delegate and their guide.

Other Members or Non-Members
Please be aware other members and non-members are welcome to attend our AGM and are responsible for their own expenses; and will need to fill out an Attendee Form in order to receive group hotel rates and attend meals on April 21st and 22nd.

Attendee Form 2020
The Attendee Form is attached and will need to be filled out for each person planning to attend the AGM and emailed to:

Or filled out over the phone by February 29th; and a cheque covering expenses will need to be mailed before March 31st to the Division PO Box address.


This year Chapters will be responsible for 50 per cent of the travel costs and all travel meals of their delegate and Guide. Receipts will need to be provided for reimbursement unless special arrangements have been made with the Division Office. Please let us know if your Chapter needs assistance.

Accommodation Costs
Please note that delegates are expected to share a room with their guide; and delegates who do not bring a guide will be expected to share a room with another delegate, unless that delegate is willing to pay 50% of the total hotel room charge for two nights plus 100% for one night.
Check in time is 3:00 PM and check out time is 11:00 AM.


Delegate/Guide Cost

Non-Delegate Cost

Double Occupancy
1 night @ $150 – no charge for 2 nights
$75 per night for each person

Single Occupancy
1 night @ $150 and $75 for 2 nights, totaling $300
$150 per night

All rooms include

* 100% Non-Smoking rooms
* Free High-speed Wireless Internet
* Business Centre with Internet Access
* Guest Laundry
* In-room Fridge and microwave
* In-room Ironing board, Iron & Hair dryer
* Free Parking
* ATM on site

Recreation and dining

* Indoor Heated Pool & Hot Tub
* Fitness Centre
* On-site Restaurant & Lounge

There will be no costs for Tuesday’s breakfast or lunch and Wednesday’s lunch; Tuesday’s dinner will cost $20 and
Wednesday’s banquet will cost $30 for non-delegates;
and there will be no charge to delegates and their guides.
There may be some menu choices once we know who is attending.
Please let us know of any dietary restrictions as soon as possible.

Hospitality Room
More information to come.

A detailed schedule and agenda will be available closer to the event and please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or if you need any further clarification.

***Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division

Chapter Call In session November 15

Our CCB BC-Yukon Division’s next Chapter Call In session is Friday November 15th at 10:00 AM. 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 177. Geraldine Braak and Bill Conway will be hosting. 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 and hoping you have a great rest of the weekend, Ann

***Ann McNabb, President

British Columbia Accessible Elections Training

To help prepare you for Election Day, the CNIB Foundation is hosting an in-person training sessions across British Columbia where you can get a feel for available accessibility tools. We can also check your local polling location, make sure you’re on the voters list, and help with registering to vote!

Make sure you know what to expect and what you can request on voting day by participating in our session:

– Prince George – CNIB Prince George (490 Quebec Street #100, Prince George, BC V2L 5N5)
October 2, 2019, 10 – 11:30am & 1:30 – 3pm

– Vancouver – CNIB Vancouver (200- 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC, V5R 6B2)
October 2, 2019, 5:30 – 7pm
October 4, 2019, 10 – 11am & 1:30 – 3pm

– Kamloops – CNIB Kamloops (546 St Paul Street #190, Kamloops, BC, V2C 5T1)
October 3, 2019, 10:30 – 12pm & 1:30 – 3pm

– Kelowna – CNIB Kelowna (1456 St Paul Street #101, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6)
October 9, 2019, 10 – 11:30am & 2 – 3:30pm
October 10, 2019, 5 – 6:30pm

– Victoria – CNIB Victoria (102 – 1675 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 2G5)
October 11, 2019, 10 – 11:30am & 1 – 2:30pm

– Chilliwack – Chilliwack Mt Cheam Lions Club (45580 Spadina Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 1V1)
October 18, 2019, 10:30 – 12pm

– Abbotsford – CNIB Abbotsford (2630 Bourquin Crescent W #7, Abbotsford, BC V2S 5N7)
October 18, 2019, 2 – 3:30pm

Visit our website to register for an in-person training session.

The following materials will be available at CNIB in-person trainings, and will be available for voters on election day:

– Magnifier with light (4x)
– Voting screen that lets more light in
– Sign language interpretation (if requested by the Tuesday before election day)
– Braille list of candidates (available on election day only)
– Assistance in marking a ballot
– Tactile and braille voting templates
– Large-print list of candidates
– Large-grip pencils
– Signature guide
– Welcome to Your Polling Place card (guides elector through voting process)

If you are unable to make any of the in-person training sessions, we are offering remote training using a teleconference line.

No registration required.

– September 24, 2019, 5 – 6pm, Call: 1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#
– October 4, 2019, 12 – 1pm, Call: 1 (866) 783-7393, participant code 16975769#

For more information, contact Shoko Kitano, Manager, Foundation Programs, at (604) 351-0206 or email

Elections Canada TeleTownHall

Summary report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall Hosted by Sterling Creations and the Canadian Council of the Blind, June 6, 2019.

Please find attached the final Summary Report as promised, and for those who may not have access to attachments we have pasted a link to the report saved in a Dropbox folder that you may download.

Report of the Elections Canada TeleTownHall

British Columbia Framework for Accessibility Legislation Engagement

Your Division Board encourages you to participate and take action with the British Columbia Framework for Accessibility Legislation Engagement.

From: SDPR Accessibility Engagement SDPR:EX

The B.C. Government is committed to developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities. Accessibility legislation would empower government, persons with disabilities, and the broader community to work together to identify, remove, and prevent barriers.

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, would like your feedback in preparation for the development of new laws, standards and policies.

The opportunity to provide feedback will be open from September 16 to November 29, 2019 at 4 pm

– Completing the online questionnaire available at;

– Sending comments by email to or leaving comments by telephone at 844 878-0640 (toll free);

– Participating in a virtual town hall. Register at;

– Community groups, libraries, and other organizations can access resources of up to $2,000 to host their own conversations and provide feedback. More information is available online at

– Organizations, self-advocates and advocates can make a formal submission on the Framework for Accessibility Legislation. Information about formal submissions and accessible versions of the Framework can be found at;

– Attending an in-person session. Register at to take part in a meeting in one of nine locations around the province.

After the consultation period ends, the B.C. Government will provide a summary of the feedback and input that has been received. Your feedback and input will be used to inform the development of accessibility legislation for B.C.

We hope you will participate and look forward to your contributions.

Accessibility Secretariat
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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