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A thank you to volunteers

In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 6-12), The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) would like to thank its incredible and dedicated volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

CNIB provides community-based support to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Our volunteers are there every step of the way, helping us to better serve our clients.

In the Lower Mainland-South Coast region over the last year, 166 volunteers contributed to the Vision Mate program, providing one-on-one sighted assistance to people in their neighbourhoods who are blind or partially sighted. The hours of client service these volunteers provided are equivalent to six full-time positions.

Vision Mate volunteers helped their clients pay hundreds of bills, buy enough groceries for thousands of meals, read a small library’s worth of books, newspapers and magazines, walk thousands of kilometres, and complete countless crossword puzzles, knitting projects, ballroom dance lessons, home organization projects, chess games and enjoy quite a few cups of tea and coffee here and there.

Please remember to take the time to acknowledge the volunteers in your community - especially during this week. A simple “thank you” reminds them that their work is very much appreciated.

Jaishree Narsih

Coordinator, Volunteer Services, BC CNIB

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