To the Members & Friends of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) BC-Yukon Division…
Hello, I was asked to share this forwarded email. Please take the time to participate before the end of April. Thanks and appreciation, Ann
***Ann McNabb, President
From: Lui Greco
Sent: February-06-19 1:46 PM
Subject: Connected autonomous vehicles – stakeholder survey
Over the past several months, I may have spoken with you regarding a project being undertaken by CNIB. Funded in part by the Government of Canada, we are working towards developing policy recommendations as to the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles.
This project is looking at both international best practices/research as well as the possible impacts on pedestrians with sight loss as both infrastructure considerations change and vehicles start to become “smarter”; quotes on smarter.
Phase II of this project is to undertake a wide reaching stakeholder survey to understand how persons with sight loss or who are blind perceive the opportunities and barriers which will be brought about by vehicles that exchange data with one another and vehicles and infrastructure interacting digitally.
The stakeholder engagement phase of this work involves requesting persons with sight loss who are blind to complete an online survey. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
It can be found here.
Thank you for taking time to complete this survey and, if you can, please share it with others.
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
10 11A Street North East
Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4Z3
T: (403) 261-7234 ext. 6226 | M: (403) 629-3522
CCB BC-Yukon Division
Chapter Call In Session Notes
January 17, 2019
Welcome from facilitators Bill Conway and Pat Chicquen
Kelvin Adams, Campbell River;
Conway, Sunshine Coast;
Pat Chicquen, Comox Valley;
Lori Fry, 100 Mile House;
Jean Kanngiesser, Alberni Valley;
Bill Mah, Kelowna Blind Curlers;
Ann McNabb, Chilliwack;
Pat Roy, Dogwood; Kathy Sanness,
Provincial Book Club;
Corry Stuive, GTT Victoria
– Alberni Valley
Jean reported their chapter started with 4 members and now have 23 – Albert Ruel was at their last meeting talking about smart phones and has offered to help members individually – meet monthly with guest speakers in attendance and will now have members share their stories – past speakers include the fire hall, local police, a Physio therapist, an accountant and a dietician – will put a poster up at the Seniors Centre – members share items and tips on what helps them at home – transportation to meetings is a challenge – in future would like to have a guest with a guide dog
– GTT Victoria
Corry said their chapter focus on technology – no meeting in January and will start up again in February
– Kelowna Blind Curlers
Bill said it is snowing today – currently have 11 members – sent curling team to provincials at 100 Mile House, who did an excellent job hosting and all had a good time – Kelowna won and will go to Ottawa again next year – Kelowna is going to Ottawa this February as Team Canada, returning champions from 2018 and Fraser Hiltz and other Vancouver curlers will be there as well
Pat reported 11 members meeting weekly – enjoy table bowling – hold a business meeting about every three months – guest speaker from AMI in December and the CNIB in February – have a show and tell for members to share what helps them -– will be at the Coquitlam Centre during WCW
– Provincial Book Club
Kathy said meetings are by teleconference to discuss the chosen book for the month – as well some discussion on accessing books and technology – Kathy is hoping to set up a table in Kelowna during WCW
– Campbell River
Kelvin reported they have 30 members – Albert Ruel was a guest speaker in December – other guest speakers include the fire hall and police speaking on fraud – plans are being made for WCW
– Comox Valley
Pat said they had 42 members – pub is having a fundraiser for the chapter – raise funds with an annual car wash in May – enjoy a Christmas dinner and picnic in the summer
– Sunshine Coast
meets at the Seniors Centre – Bill attends local Homeless Housing Committee meetings – Bill will be at the Park Royal Mall with Amy Amantea during WCW – in Sechelt a display table will be manned during WCW and 50 50 Division tickets will be available – planned fundraising is done after Thanksgiving and before Remembrance Day –assist members with cost of assistive equipment – for Christmas party there were three graces, the Elders from Sechelt Nation, German and Scottish
– 100 Mile House
Lori said her chapter for the past three years been overseeing their local thrift store on Sundays through the Cedar Crest Society, helping to raise chapter funds and educating the public on how we manage – just hosted West Coast Curling Tournament – chapter members decided on a name change as follows 100 Mile House & district Blind & Visually Impaired White Cane Club – a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind, to help educate the public on what we are about
Ann reported we have 33 members – hosting an Open House during WCW with the CNIB – are now partnering up with BC Blind Sports and offering chair yoga classes before our meetings – Ann and Sara Peters will be planning activities for their Brownie Unit during WCW
– there was agreement to ask members to send in topics ahead of time to be shared and be added to the agenda; as well as adding topics during the session
some members are covering their own costs to attend the Division AGM – some Chapters appeal to and receive funding from their local Lions clubs – Lions, Legions and other service organizations are more like to respond when a request is sent by letter, stating the needs of the Chapter – remember the Lions are the “Knights of the Blind” – social and recreational events are important for networking and peer support and combats loneliness – can put an ad in local papers, television and radio for meetings – Comox Valley offers a gift basket to those who fill out a ticket by donation during WCW – this year giving away two Google Minis
– chapter name change – “Blind and Visually Impaired”
This may be a topic for discussion in future – led to discussion on using more technology depending on your degree of sight – the differences range from needing magnification, to screen readers, to braille etc – depending on the degree and type of visual impairment, there are vast differences on what is useful or how everyday tasks are managed –technology that works for one person, may not work for another
– society status
all members should be aware the CCB BC-Yukon Division have BC Society status and are registered with Revenue Canada – reporting to both yearly
The next Division Chapter Call In Session will be Friday March 15th.
Plans are in the works for our 2019 Triennial Conference as well as celebrating the CCB’s 75th Anniversary. The Division is hoping that all Chapters in the BC-Yukon Division decide to send a delegate. This year our triennial conference will be held at the SureStay by BEST WESTERN located at 43971 Industrial Way in Chilliwack. A Meet ‘n Greet is being planned for Monday April 29th; Opening Ceremonies and workshop on Tuesday April 30th; and the AGM, elections and closing banquet for Wednesday May 1st.
As per our custom, the Division will pay a part of the expenses of a Delegate (and their guide if needed) from each Chapter to the Conference; and Chapters will be responsible for their Delegate’s (and guide’s) remaining expenses to the Conference. The Division will cover two nights at the hotel and all meals on April 30th and May 1st; Chapters will be responsible for one hotel night, travel and travel meals (the hotel provides a complimentary breakfast).
We hope your Chapter will seriously consider taking on the responsibility of sending a Delegate to the 2019 AGM and Workshop – it is an opportunity to share ideas and make new friends while having a good time. More information and details regarding the AGM and Workshop will be coming your way in the next few weeks and if you have, any concerns or questions please let us know and we will try our best to help. I do look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this April/May. Thanks as always for your continued support and confidence, Ann
Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division
604-795-7230 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Everyone is welcome to participate on Thursday January 17th at 10:00 AM. Sharing ideas, experiences and successes, asking questions all while staying in touch with other Chapters.
An Agenda is attached for you, but please remember these sessions are yours and consequently the attached Agenda is only a guideline.
To connect to the call, dial 1-866-351-5099 and when you hear the voice press the pound (#) key and then say or key in the onetime participation code 442.
We look forward to hearing from you.
The CCB will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary and exciting plans are being made for the CCB BC-Yukon Division Triennial Conference in Chilliwack at the SureStay by Best Western.
Please keep these dates in mind…
*Monday April 29th –Meet ‘N Greet at 7:00 PM
*Tuesday April 30th – Opening Ceremony/CCB: Past-Present-Future/Exploring Our Community
*Wednesday May 1st – AGM/Division 50-50 Draw/Elections
Because it is such a special year of celebration, we are hoping to get the community involved and hope your Chapters will send a representative/delegate to enjoy the festivities.
More information to come in very early in the New Year.
Your Chapter contacts should have received information regarding the Division’s 50/50 Raffle to be drawn at our 2019 Triennial Conference on May 1st.
Please ask your Chapter Presidents/Contacts about this endeavour and please help to sell tickets – every little bit helps.
We would like to see the winner receive at least $4,000 or if we all work at it even more!
Tickets are only $2 and make great stocking stuffers!
British Columbia Voters: Vision Accessibility Related to the BC Province-wide Referendum on Proportional Representation
by Albert Ruel
A referendum on which voting system British Columbia should use for provincial elections is being held between October 22 and November 30, 2018.
Registered voters will receive a voting package in the mail between October 22 and November 2. If you do not receive a voting package or are not currently a registered voter, you can ask for one from Elections BC, a Referendum Service Office or a Service BC location by November 23.
For this referendum, voters who read braille can request a braille template package and ballot question to be used when completing the mail-in voting package.
Please call Elections BC at 1-800-661-8683 to request a braille template and ballot question, or if you
have any questions regarding voting in the referendum. Information on the voting systems featured in
the referendum can also be found at