Volunteers 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!
The impact of a Vision Mate
story illustrates the value and role our volunteer services can play in a
client’s life. When no other CNIB service could meet this client’s needs, the
human contact and care of a volunteer made a huge difference.
of our client’s wives died in October. He told us that he was very dependent on
his wife and that they went everywhere together. He occasionally takes a taxi
to get around, but generally doesn’t like to go out on his own. He doesn't feel
he is ready for orientation and mobility training, to learn a new location, or
to learn learn to cook anything other than toast, boiled eggs and porridge. He
also shared with us that he’s lonely, and really enjoys chatting on the phone
but can’t always remember phone numbers or dial them.
children are assisting him with appointments, shopping, cleaning and cooking,
but since they work full time, they’re concerned that he needs more assistance.
They are concerned about his memory and his safety, after he suffered two falls
in the last month.
our client was matched with a Vision Mate volunteer. He was excited about being
able to grocery shop and go to his appointments with confidence. Since they
have started meeting, our client says he is doing much better and his children
are feeling a sense of relief about his wellbeing. The volunteer has been visiting
our client twice a week, helping with shopping, appointments, and even packing
up his home as he prepares to eventually move out of his home of 30 years.
Mate volunteers can make all the difference, and help provide a personal
connection to fill gaps in our clients' day-to-day, and help out wherever they can.