are the heart of CNIB’s
vision and in recognition National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015) CNIB
would like to thank all of its tireless volunteers for their passion, dedication
and commitment to improving the lives of Canadians who are blind and partially
sighted in their communities. This week, we’ll be featuring blogs from
our awesome volunteers and the people they serve every day!
CNIB Saved My Life;
my CNIB Vision Mate did the rest!
I lost my vision it was very quick. There were many things I wanted to do just
like when I had vision, and I kept doing them with resulting burns, cuts,
trips, and falls. CNIB came into my life and gave me ways to do them safely - for
example, by providing me with a mobility cane and training that gave me ways of
avoiding dangers from trips, falls and traffic. But there were some other
things they could not assist me with, and some of these things may seem less
important but they sure have a large impact. One example is that when I
lost my vision I also lost the ability to buy clothes independently.
Shopping! My husband tries, my daughter avoids, and I really just stopped
trying because it was not successful. Then I was matched with Linda, a Vision
Mate volunteer that likes to shop. Linda describes stores, looks around
for the sale racks, tells me when the pink is not the right pink, and I trust
her to give an honest opinion! Now she calls when she sees a sale that
she thinks I would like and we make plans to go. We are also both
gardeners so the spring and summer finds us at the local garden center or
spending time in my garden.
are many other ways that my Vision Mate assists, but the one underlying
principle is that she allows me to regain more independence. Honestly, the only
thing better than my Vision Mate would be having my vision back! Thank you
all the other Vision Mates that assist people just like me in many different
ways - those people that give a little time and make a big difference - THANK
YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Vision Mate Client