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Passing of Barbara LeGay

Jul 17 2017

On a bit of a sad note I send condolences to the family and friends of Barbara LeGay from the CCB Access & Awareness Chapter in Halifax. Barb has done a great deal for the blind community and was instrumental in work on the Nova Scotia Accessibility Act. Barb also worked with her husband Barry Abbott in starting GTT in Halifax. I was able to attend her visitation on behalf of CCB National. She well be greatly missed. LeGAY, Barbara Ann – 62, Halifax, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2017 in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Barbara was born in Halifax, September 26, 1954 the daughter of the late Rodney and Beatrice (Lawrence) LeGay. A link to her obituary follows.

Louise Gillis

BC Wildfires

Jul 14 2017

Designated contacts of CCB B.C chapters,

Please forward the following information on to your chapter members.

From the National Office, we are watching the events unfold in your province and we are hoping that everyone in the affected areas are safe. If you are in immediate danger or are at risk, please vacate the area to your nearest evacuation site, emergency services centre or the nearest hospital.

We are concerned for everyone’s safety, and if you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to put you in contact with the local emergency services where you are to ensure that you reach safety.

We will be compiling a list of emergency services contact numbers for those who may need help with getting from point A to point B, and we will have contact info for the local RCMP, police/fire/ambulance detachments in the evacuation zones, as well as Red Cross or evacuation center contact info. This info will be available on our social media sites, as well it will be emailed to the chapter contacts.

We will also expand that contact list as things progress to ensure we have the information that you may need during this crisis.

The CCB email account will be monitored by myself after hours, as is procedure for times such as these, so that we have an open line of communication with our members should they need information.

Please be safe. Keep in touch with one another. Check in on your fellow chapter members. And give us a shout. We will do our best to be of assistance.

Atlantic Sport and Recreation Weekend

Jul 04 2017

CCB Bathurst Chapter hosted the Atlantic Sport and Recreation Weekend, which was held between May 19th and 21st, 2017. At the same time they celebrated their 40th anniversary. Many members won ribbons and medals, 8 members from Bathurst took part in the events. 5 of those members placed in events, including first place in darts and third place in bowling. Chapters came from PEI, Nova Scotia, St-Jean Terre-Neuve, and New Brunswick. In the picture with the cake we have Nancy Roy, Anita Boudreau, François Boudreau, Chantale Doucet, Denis Roy, Thomas Boucher, and Hazel Boucher. 2 volunteers received 2 certificates. Thank you to all the organizations that donated to this event. In the picures with the medals, left to right, Thomas Boucher, Nancy Roy, Denis Roy, Anita Boudreau, François Boudreau (missing from the picure Pierre Boudreau, Murielle Roy, Chantale Doucet, Roseline Legacy). Denis Roy won awards for highest average, first place in darts and gong show third place.
Submitted by Anita Boudreau.

A hand drawn welcome sign with CCB logos. The words read Bienvenus(es) au 40ième anniversaire du CCA Welcome to the 40th CCA anniversary.

Welcome sign

Nancy Roy, Anita Boudreau, François Boudreau, Chantale Doucet, Denis Roy, Thomas Boucher, and Hazel Boucher gather around a square cake decorated in blue and yellow

Nancy Roy, Anita Boudreau, François Boudreau, Chantale Doucet, Denis Roy, Thomas Boucher, Hazel Boucher

Thomas Boucher, Nancy Roy, Denis Roy, Anita Boudreau, and François Boudreau stand for a picture wearing their medals.

Thomas Boucher, Nancy Roy, Denis Roy, Anita Boudreau, François Boudreau (Missing Pierre Boudreau, Murielle Roy, Chantale Doucet, Roseline Legacy)

AGM 2017 Results

Jun 21 2017

Canadian Council of the Blind Voting Results

The following numbers are from all voting sources.

Question #1
I approve the slate, as listed by the nomination committee, for the Board of the Canadian Council of the Blind.
Sara Batt, Leo Bissonnette, Louise Gillis, Heather Hannett, Jerome Kuntz, Christina (Chris) Lewis, Sandra Poirier, Surander Singh, Jim Tokos, Mike Vrooman, Shane Wheeler.

Yes – 100 votes
No – 77 votes
Vote passed with 56.5%
Question #2
I ratify the By-Laws as approved by the Board of Directors on January 28, 2016.

Yes – 96 votes
No – 82 votes
Vote failed with 53.9%
Question #3
I confirm the acclimation of Louise Gillis as president of the Canadian Council of the Blind as nominated by the Nominating Committee.

Yes – 92 votes
No – 78 votes
Vote passed with 54.1%
Question #4
I confirm the appointment of the auditors, KPMG LLP, for the upcoming year.

Yes – 123 votes
No – 42 votes
Vote passed with 74.5%


Jun 05 2017


The Organization


The World Blind Union (WBU) is an international not-for-profit, charitable organization representing the estimated 285 million people who are blind or have low vision worldwide.  The WBU is recognized as the international voice of blind and partially sighted persons speaking on their behalf at the United Nations, UN Agencies and other international organizations.  


Its mission is achieved with and through its members – organizations of blind and partially sighted persons and organizations providing services to blind and partially sighted persons in over 190 countries and through six Regional Unions.  The six WBU Regions are: Africa, Asia, East Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America/Caribbean.


WBU’s vision is that “People who are blind or partially sighted can participate fully in any aspect of life we choose”. This is achieved through work in our four strategic priorities of: Human Rights & Representation; Capacity Building; Accessibility (Information, Technology & Environment); and Resource Sharing and Collaboration.


The Position


The World Blind Union is seeking a Chief Executive Officer who will replace the incumbent CEO upon her retirement.  The position is based at WBU’s international headquarters located in Toronto, Ontario Canada


Reporting directly to the President of the World Blind Union, the CEO will have the following responsibilities and requirements:



  • The CEO shall be responsible for the overall operational and financial management of the WBU including human resources, budgeting, monitoring and reporting on financial performance.
  • The CEO shall manage and monitor the legal requirements of the WBU Corporation in Canada, ensuring compliance with bylaws, remittal of required reporting and the like.
  • The CEO shall be responsible for supporting and communicating with the WBU Officers, Executive and its committees and arranging for their meetings.
  • The CEO shall provide organizational, planning and implementation support for the WBU quadrennial General Assembly of members.
  • The CEO shall maintain ongoing contact with the President, the Officers and the Regional Unions of the WBU, providing support and advice as required.
  • The CEO shall support the WBU Strategic Planning process, providing advice and support to the priority and objective leaders as required and supporting the development and monitoring of the quadrennial workplan.
  • The CEO shall develop and manage project proposals and support resource generation initiatives in cooperation with the Officers and the Resource Generation Committee.
  • The CEO shall be responsible for the membership of the WBU in cooperation with the Secretary General.
  • The CEO shall ensure adherence to all WBU policies, positions and procedures as well as the provisions of the WBU Constitution and will provide advice and input regarding these as appropriate.
  • The CEO shall be responsible for the coordination of all aspects of communications, including publications, social media and the WBU website, ensuring that communications to the membership and the public are provided in the WBU’s three working languages of English, French and Spanish.
  • The CEO shall liaise with external partners and represent the   WBU as appropriate and as requested.
  • The CEO shall perform those other such duties as deemed appropriate and delegated by the Assembly, the Executive and the President from time to time.




  • Post-secondary education in a related field.
  • At least five years relevant management experience.
  • Must have extensive experience related to blindness or low vision.
  • Must have an ability to travel independently at the international level and with reasonable frequency.
  • Must be an independent worker who can work to the President’s requirements taking advice as well as providing advice.
  • Can demonstrate organizational, administrative and financial expertise at a senior management level.
  • Can demonstrate experience in leading and mentoring staff, including those who may be located in other parts of the world.
  • Can demonstrate skills in research, information collection and presentation in both written and verbal form.
  • Can demonstrate experience and understanding of the disability sector environment and the ways in which a world-wide movement operates.
  • Can demonstrate a sound knowledge of blindness issues emanating from different cultures, income levels and geographic locations.
  • Can demonstrate experience in working with governance boards and committees.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Is comfortable both with providing high level direction and support as well as hands-on implementation and delivery.
  • Fluent English oral and written skills are essential; skills in one or both of WBU’s other working languages of French and Spanish are an asset.





Applicants should include a detailed curriculum vitae; the names and contact details of three (3) referees (which will only be contacted if the applicant is being considered for an interview and he/she will be notified of this in advance). We also request a letter of candidature indicating interest in and suitability for the position. All applications must be submitted in English and must be submitted electronically in MS Word format only.  Applications that have inaccessible attachments will be rejected.


People living with blindness or partial sight are strongly encouraged to apply.



Applications should be directed to;

Dr. Fredric K Schroeder

President, World Blind Union


Application Deadline: August 1, 2017


Start Date:  To be negotiated


Note: A detailed position description can be requested by interested candidates from the CEO of WBU at