2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament Schedule

Hello CCB BC-Yukon Division Members and Friends, there’s been a few questions regarding the hockey tournament; my apologies for not thinking to provide the article from our last Division Newsletter for you.
Thanks and appreciation for your interest, Ann

CCB Port Coquitlam Visually Impaired People (VIP) Chapter
– submitted by Brodie McKenzie

Hello BC-Yukon Division Chapters, it’s Brodie the LHON warrior and cancer crusader giving you information about the upcoming 2019 national Canadian blind hockey tournament held in Toronto. Below is the info from the email that was sent out from Matt Morrow the executive director of Canadian blind hockey…

Blind Hockey community: it is time to GET EXCITED! The original, the biggest, and the best Blind Hockey Tournament in the world begins in only six weeks, when the adapted puck will drop at the seventh annual Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament. As always, the tournament is at Ryerson University’s world-class Mattamy Athletic Centre – the former Maple Leaf Gardens – in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The event takes place March 22 – 24, 2019, and is presented by AMI – Accessible Media Inc. and brought to you by CNIB.

The 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament will be by far the BIGGEST event in the history of the parasport of Blind Hockey. We are expecting between 100 and 125 participants who are blind or partially sighted, who will be competing in a record five different divisions including: Children, Youth, Low Vision and Development, Open, and Select Blind Hockey Divisions. Speaking of exciting news, the 2019 Select Division will also be our biggest yet, and will feature the top 50 Blind Hockey players on the planet representing Canada East, Canada West, and USA Blind Hockey. These star-studded teams will compete in a double round-robin and provide Blind Hockey fans with eight unbelievable games throughout the weekend!

From four-year-old boys and girls who are just beginning their Blind Hockey journey, all the way to the seasoned All-Stars from across North America, the 2019 Canadian Nationals will showcase just how far the parasport of Blind Hockey has come. Whether you are a player, coach, key volunteer, partner, donor, sponsor, or just a big Blind Hockey fan: the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament promises to be our best event yet and is not to be missed!

2018 was a monumental year for the growth of Blind Hockey. We had our first-ever European participants compete, we introduced the Children and Youth Division to Canadian Nationals, and we partnered with USA Hockey to put on the words first-ever International Blind Ice Hockey Series in Pittsburgh in October. There has never been a better time to get involved with the sport, and we are looking forward to the many exciting developments that 2019 is sure to bring, beginning with the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament.

There are currently an all-time high of 22 Blind Hockey programs established across North America, and the exciting beginnings of Blind Hockey programs in England and Finland. If you are interested in learning more about the parasport of Blind Hockey, and how you can get involved, please email
to be connected with a program near you.

Canadian Blind Hockey programs include: the Toronto Ice Owls, Les Hiboux de Montreal, the Calgary Seeing Ice Dogs, the Edmonton SeeHawks, the Vancouver Eclipse, the Nova Scotia See-Kings, the Newfoundland Eye-Landers, GTA Youth, ASRAB Calgary Youth, and the Canadian National Blind Hockey Team.

USA Blind Hockey programs include: NY Nightshade, Chicago Blackhawks, Washington, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Braillers, NY Metro, Colorado Visionaries, St Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Indiana, Seattle, and the USA Blind Hockey Team.

Here is the Canadian blind hockey YouTube link to enjoy the tournament with live streaming…

And the 2019 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament Schedule will be sent to your inbox very soon.

Myself and members of the Vancouver eclipse blind hockey team are gearing up and practising with extra ice times before the tournament we are all getting pumped up for a great weekend meeting new friends, and seeing old friendships. This is my fifth tournament now and my fifth season with the Eclipse every minute I’m on the ice, and every moment I’m in the tournaments there’s a huge smile on my face with positive vibes flowing. I love being Canadian and I love hockey.

Giving all Canadian Council of the blind chapters’ supreme strength, and powerful positive vibes.

Always walk in warrior mode faith, strength, courage.

Keep your head held high, with confidence in your stride.


   8:00 PM 8:50 PM Canada East Practice
   9:00 PM 9:50 PM Canada West Practice
   10:00 PM 11:00 PM USA Blind Hockey Practice

   10:30 AM 11:45 AM Children & Youth Balancing Practice
   11:45 AM 12:00 PM Opening Ceremonies
   12:00 PM 1:30 PM Select Series: Canada East vs Team USA
   1:30 PM 3:00 PM Open Division Game 1 / 3
   3:00 PM 4:30 PM Low Vision and Development 1 / 3
   4:30 PM 5:30 PM Children’s Division Game 1/ 3
   5:30 PM 6:30 PM Youth Division Game 1 / 3
   6:30 PM 8:00 PM Select Series: Canada East vs Canada West

   9:00 AM 10:00 AM Children’s Division 2 / 3
   10:00 AM 11:00 AM Youth Division 2 / 3
   11:00 AM 12:30 PM Select Series: Team USA vs Canada West
   12:30 PM 2:00 PM Open Division Game 2 /3
   3:30 PM 5:00 PM Low Vision and Development 2 / 3
   5:00 PM 6:00 PM Open Skate and Try Blind Hockey Session
   6:00 PM 7:30 PM Select Series: Team USA vs Canada East (2)
   7:30 PM 10:00 PM Canadian Blind Hockey Banquet

   8:00 AM 9:00 AM Children’s Division 3 / 3
   9:00 AM 10:30 AM Select Series: TBD
   10:30 AM 11:30 AM Youth Division 3/3
   11:30 AM 1:00 PM Low Vision and Development 3 / 3
   1:00 PM 2:30 PM Open Division 3 / 3
   2:30 PM 4:00 PM Select Series: TBD

Chapter Call In Session – March 15

The next Chapter Call In Session for the CCB BC-Yukon Division is Friday th at 10:00 AM – Geraldine Braak and Kathy Sanness will be Your hosts; and everyone is welcome to participate. 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 470. We look forward to hearing from you.

***Ann McNabb, President
on behalf of Membership
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)
BC-Yukon Division
CCB BC-Yukon Division
Chapter Call In Session Agenda
March 15, 2019

Welcome from hosts Geraldine Braak and Kathy Sanness

Self Introductions of callers – who they are and where they are from

Chapter Highlights

Open Discussion
– discussion re asking members to send in topics ahead of time to be shared and added to the agenda

– next sessions are Thursday May 16th and Friday June 21st

Book of Honour

CCB BC-Yukon Division Book of Honour

We are soon approaching our 2019 Triennial Conference and we are looking forward to presenting the BOOK OF HONOUR (BOH) to recognize members. To do this I need your assistance. You are saying, ‘What can I do?’…

First… Think of a person, from your club, that is either VISUALLY IMPAIRED-BLIND or a SIGHTED VOLUNTEER that your club would like to nominate.

Second… Fill out the appropriate NOMINEE form attached to this email.

Third… email the filled out form or a brief BIO to the email addresses below.

Fourth… In email subject, BOH nominee.

Fifth… Please add a picture, with a JPG extension, of your nominee.

I am asking that all Nominee forms be sent, to the email addresses listed below, on/or before April 15th.

Please do not forget to send a picture.

Email Addresses:



Thank you very much.

Cheers & Ruff Ruff

Bill & The Chief

Bill Conway, BOH Chair

75th Anniversary of the CCB

To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,

Hello, this year we are celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the CCB Nationally and next year we will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the CCB BC-Yukon Division – a perfect excuse to party for two years! One reason Chilliwack was chosen for this year’s conference is because it is the Division’s oldest Chapter, founded in 1948. And Chilliwack Chapter will be hosting the “Making Connections” Meet ‘n Greet on the evening of April 29th; and are planning to have many of their members and other Chilliwackiands at the festivities.

Attached are the CCB BC-Yukon Division Conference Information details and Attendee form – if you have any trouble accessing the documents, they are pasted at the end of this email. Letting you know, once we know who is attending, there will be meal choices to make for the “Dinner Out” and “Celebrating the CCB” Banquet.

If you have any questions or need clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are working industriously to make sure you/we all have an unforgettable experience. Thanks, Ann

***Ann McNabb, President
On behalf of the Division’s 2019 Conference Committee
CCB BC-Yukon Division

Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)
British Columbia –Yukon Division
PO Box 531, Postal Station Main, Chilliwack, BC V2P 7V5
Telephone604-795-3885 or 1-800-874-4666
Email: ccbbc-yukondivision@telus.net
Website: http://www.ccbbcyukon.com

Under the Distinguished Patronage of Her Honour
The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia


APRIL 29 TO MAY 1, 2019


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* Monday, April 29th – Travel Day
“Breaking Barriers” Workshop
“Making Connections”Meet ‘n Greet

* Tuesday, April 30th
“In Recognition of the CCB” Opening Ceremonies
“Exploring Community Connections” Workshop & “Dinner Out”

* Wednesday, May 1st
Annual General Meeting & Elections
“Celebrating the CCB” Banquet

* Thursday, May 2nd – Travel Day

Share your Chapter Happenings

To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Members,

Hello, hoping you all had a great White Cane Week (WCW)! It’s that time again to share your Chapter happenings – Christmas, curling, WCW etc – or you may have a personal story or something of interest to share with your fellow CCB members and friends for the upcoming edition of the CCB BC-Yukon Division Newsletter.

Please send your submissions by February 26th – we’re looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks and appreciation, Ann

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

Are you interested in becoming a board member?

To All CCB BC-Yukon Division Members…

Get Involved with CCB!

Are you interested in becoming a board member?

We the nominating committee would like to invite all members in good standing to get involved with the CCB.

We invite you to put your name(s) forward to be a director of the CCB BC/Yukon Division Board.

All chapters will be contacted by one of the three nominating committee members during the week of March 4-9.

For more information please contact.




***Ann McNabb, President
CCB BC-Yukon Division
On behalf of the 2019 Nominating Committee

Connected autonomous vehicles – stakeholder survey

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

Good afternoon:

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.

Lui Greco
Manager, Regulatory Affairs
CNIB Foundation
10 11A Street North East
Calgary, Alberta, T2E 4Z3
T: (403) 261-7234 ext. 6226 | M: (403) 629-3522

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