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From left to right, John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, Eyre Purkin Bien, Senior advisor, Philanthropy, three members of the Nanji Family, Garry Nenson Vice President of Philanthropy for CNIB, and Shane Silver, Vice President of Social Enterprises for CNIB. The group stands together in front of the new Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre.

CNIB unveils new, interactive retail experience: The Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre

TORONTO, September 16, 2020: The CNIB Foundation, Canada's largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, celebrated the grand opening of their state-of-the-art Nanji Family Foundation CNIB SmartLife Centre in Toronto on September 15, 2020.

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Weekly Wednesday Social

A CNIB social to bring us closer in a time of social distancing! This group runs via Zoom web conference every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Call in information will be given upon registration.

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Blogs

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Humans with CNIB Guide Dogs: Kelly & Maple

"Respecting the guide dog partnership is so important – if the handler tells you not to touch or talk to their dog, please listen to them. When a dog is distracted, a handler's safety could be at risk." – Kelly Picco

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Virtual Vision Mate Program

To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week.

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COVID-19 Resources

Visit our new COVID-19 Resources webpage to get the latest information on everything from new foundation programs to our physical distancing advocacy initiatives and interviews with program participants.

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Phone It Forward Event Team Member

Help us collect cellphones and promote our Phone It Forward Program. Cellphones will be handed to blind people so they can be even more independent.

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Phone It Forward Tech Expert

Help us collect cellphones and promote our Phone It Forward Program. Cellphones will be handed to blind people so they can be even more independent.

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