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Meet Our Volunteers

From the caring Canadians who work directly with our participants as Vision Mates, to those who answer the phones or organize events, volunteers are the lifeblood of the CNIB Foundation. Meet some of the amazing people who make up our volunteer team. 

Sandra, wearing a pink shirt, smiling for the camera in a group photo with other CNIB Lake Joe volunteers. A graphic of arms hugging a cartoon yellow heart can be seen in the top-right corner of the photo.

Meet Sandra

Sandra started volunteering with CNIB as a Vision Mate, a program that connects volunteers with participants for friendly conversations. The first time she heard about CNIB Lake Joe was during a peer support group in her hometown of Newmarket.
Kevin, looking down at the camera with a smile while wearing a straw hat. A graphic of arms hugging a yellow cartoon heart can be seen in the top-left corner of the photo.

Meet Kevin

Diagnosed with Stargardt's disease when he was a teenager, Kevin’s passion for self-advocacy was sparked at university. While engaging with an assistive technologist on campus, he met a friend who was a disability advocate.
Warren, standing outside wearing a yellow shirt, smiling for the camera. A graphic of arms hugging a yellow cartoon heart can be seen in the top-right corner of the photo.

Meet Warren

As an assistant captain for his hockey team, Edmonton's Warren Wong knew what it meant to be a leader. He would also coach his brother and his friends, showing them drills to improve their skills. Due to the pandemic, Warren stepped into a different coaching role; a CNIB Tech Mate volunteer.
Rositsa standing outside holding a railing. A graphic of arms hugging a cartoon heart can be  seen in the top left corner of the photo.

Meet Rositsa

For Rositsa Ivanova of Toronto, volunteering with CNIB has been an incredible opportunity to learn new skills and make a difference in the lives of Canadians living with sight loss.
Julie Morneault sitting in a red truck with a blue motorcycle helmet on her lap.

Faites la rencontre de Julie

Julie Morneault has volunteered with the CNIB Foundation since 2013. Since then, she has worked in several roles with the organization. While she volunteers at her local CNIB office, she also goes into the community to tell her story, and to talk about the importance of accessibility and inclusion.
Celine Garneau, reading from a book in one of CNIB’s recording studios.

Meet Céline

For Céline Garneau, volunteering at the CNIB Foundation isn't a job; it's a pleasure. The retired philosophy teacher joined our volunteer team in 2002, helping to create accessible audio books for people with sight loss in our recording studios
Puppy Raiser Yuko Imai, kneeling next to Potter, a future CNIB Guide Dog

Meet Yuko

When Yuko first saw a posting to become a puppy raiser more than two years ago, she was intrigued. She had only just moved to Halifax and was looking for a way to engage with her new community.
Russell Enns, Brian Malcolm, Noemi Stroda and Sierra Sanger, smiling for the camera in front of a CNIB office.

Meet the UBCO Nursing Students

In the summer of 2019, four nursing students from the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Okanagan campus enhanced the lives of individuals living with sight loss.
Nancy Simonot wearing a pink cowboy hat and speaking into a microphone at a Lake Joe fundraising event.

Meet Nancy

For Nancy Simonot, volunteering with CNIB Lake Joe, a life-changing camp that provides enriching experiences for Canadians with sight loss, is a family affair. Her journey with CNIB began when her son, Matthew, had a transformational experience as a volunteer counsellor.
Lloyd Buckler, sitting down at a table helping someone learn how to navigate their iPhone.

Meet Lloyd

Lloyd facilitated group technology sessions, but he also recognized the need for more personalized training for those new to technology, so he also began volunteering as a Tech Mate.

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