White Cane Week

is the first full week in February


This important week of raising public awareness of the challenges facing Canadians living with vision loss is marked by events sponsored by CCB chapters within their local communities.  Events vary from chapter to chapter but all focus on demonstrating the abilities – not disabilities – of people living with vision loss.

CCB chapters across the country host a variety of open houses, informational forums and other events in their local communities to raise awareness and provide information to the public.

Although many chapters hold public awareness events throughout the year WCW encourages CCB chapters across the country to make a coordinated “team effort” to host events during the specific time frame of White Cane Week to maximize the impact of the information provided to the public through open houses, public forums and other educational opportunities in their local communities.

White Cane Week™ is a registered trademark of the CCB.


White Cane Week 2017 is Sunday, February 5 through Saturday, February 11.



2017 WCW Feature Chapter: CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter

As part of the Canadian Council of the Blind’s ‘White Cane Week’ public awareness campaign in February, the CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter, in collaboration with CNIB Toronto and with the generous sponsorship of Accessible Media Inc., is hosting the 2017 WCW ‘Experience’ Expo, a hands-on, interactive exposition in which exhibitors share their ‘experience’, providing creative, adaptive solutions to all aspects of life with vision loss. Through interactive demonstrations and activities, visitors can ‘experience’ new ways to overcome barriers, gain independence, and live a full, rich life.

Come and engage with dozens of exhibitors to find out what it’s like – hands on – to navigate using a smart phone with Blind Square, test your putting skills – blind-folded! – with the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers, try your hand at sculpting in clay with Hands of Fire Sculpture Group, or climb onto a tandem bike with Trailblazers Tandem Cycling!  The CNIB will be on hand, demonstrating everything from cooking techniques to screen-readers!  And much, much more!  So come out to the ‘Experience’ Expo, get interactive, try something new, and explore the possibilities!

When:      Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am to 4pm

Where:     CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

Immediately following the Expo from 4pm to 8pm, the CCB Toronto Visionaries will be holding a Community Social featuring music, food, a cash bar & door prizes!

Admission is free to both the Expo and the Community Social.

PLEASE – if you plan to attend the Community Social, please RSVP to our Voice Mail Line, 416-760-2163 or at ccbtorontovisionaries@gmail.com.


2017 White Cane Week Events Across Canada

PLEASE NOTE: If your chapter is hosting WCW events that are not included here, please accept our apologies and contact 613-567-0311 or 1-877-304-0968 or email: bgoodwin@ccbnational.net to have your events added.  Thank you!



CCB Edmonton Chapter members will be competing at the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa



CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter will host an open house and information session

CCB Campbell River White Cane Chapter will be advertising and promoting White Cane Week

CCB Camp Bowen Society for the VI Chapter will be providing fundraising support

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter will host a White Cane Week Open house

CCB Dogwood Chapter will be advertising their chapter and raising awareness

CCB Kelowna Blind Curlers Chapter members will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Langley Chapter will be manning an information table

CCB Penticton Chapter: Luncheon with city officials and CNIB and the Mayor

CCB Powell River Chapter: Public Education Awareness exercise in a mall

CCB Vancouver VocalEye will be holding an event at Park Royal Mall that includes 15 tables and 30 volunteers

CCB VIBE Creston will be hosting a “Get Together” promotional WCW day at a local store



Independent members from Manitoba will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa



CCB Restigouche Club will be holding a Smelt fry



CCB E.A. Baker Club will pay towards transportation costs for WCW events

CCB Helen Keller Club will be participating in bowling, darts & cribbage in Bishop’s Falls

CCB HV-BI Chapter will be holding awareness seminars



CCB Access & Awareness Chapter will be speaking at Dalhousie University and hosting a WCW reception

CCB Crafts & Hobbies Chapter will be having a crafts show promotion

CCB Sydney Chapter will be making presentations at local schools

CCB Sydney Curling Chapter will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa



CCB Waterloo Regional Chapter members will be defending their title as TEAM CANADA in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Ottawa Chapter will be promoting Ottawa Chapter print materials

CCB Peel Chapter will be setting up WCW information tables at malls and in community spaces

CCB Pembroke WC Chapter is setting up displays in 7 libraries in Renfrew County and preparing mail outs to local eye care professionals and municipal offices.

CCB Toronto Curlers Chapter will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter is this year’s feature Chapter (see beginning of article)

CCB Waterloo Regional Chapter curling members will be defending their title as TEAM CANADA in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Waterloo Regional Club will also be supporting the May Walk-a-thon and Seniors Expo in June

CCB Sault St. Marie Chapter will set up information tables at Station Mall



CCB Prince County Chapter will be hosting a bowling tournament

CCB Queensland Chapter will be providing transportation and school presentations



CCB Moose Jaw White Cane Club is sponsoring sign boards around Moose Jaw

CCB Regina Chapter curling members will be competing in the 2017 CVICC in Ottawa

CCB Regina Chapter is placing advertisement in Java Jabbers











2016 White Cane Week was Sunday, February 7 – Saturday, February 13, 2016

Events included:



CCB 100 Mile House & District Chapter: Open house

CCB Camp Bowen Society for the VI Chapter: Open house and awareness day on Bowen Island

CCB Chilliwack & District Chapter: Open house

CCP Penticton Chapter: Luncheon with city officials and CNIB from Kelowna to discuss accessibility for visually impaired persons.

CCB PoCo VIP Chapter (Port Coquitlam): Open house and pub night.

CCB Powell River Chapter: Education display at city hall

CCB Provincial Book Club Chapter: Information Booth


CCB Miramichi Chapter: Visits to a number of schools in District 16

CCB Restigouche Club: Smelt fry

CCB Saint John Club: Breakfast



 CCB Helen Keller Club: Bowling, darts, cribbage in Bishop’s Falls


CCB Access & Awareness Chapter:

“In 2015, the Access & Awareness NS Chapter had events scheduled for almost every day of White Cane Week.  Due to severe winter weather conditions, each and every event had to be cancelled.  This year, 2016, we have one major event scheduled but our awareness activities are taking place at an increased rate during the year.

On Monday, February 8th, our Chapter will be hosting a major reception at the new Central Library in the core of downtown Halifax.  Invitations to this reception have been sent to all in the blind/partially population as well as Provincial government members (all parties), Municipal government members, a wide variety of disability organizations and prominent individuals in the wider community.  There will be refreshments available as well as recorded background music by local blind/partially sighted musicians.  We will also have five draws for baskets containing almost $1,000 worth of items.  We expect a large turnout.

Our awareness activities have been taking place throughout the year – we have begun “First Voice Conversations” and recently spoke with over 60 librarians and library staff, in three sessions, each taking one and one half hours.  Feedback was extremely positive. We will have our annual White Cane and Dog Guide walk in June as part of Access Awareness Week in N.S. and we will also be holding a “Technology on a Budget” day long workshop on June 4. Chapter members have been invited to speak to school children regarding their experiences, especially those members with guide dogs.

These are just a few of our ongoing awareness activities.”

CCB Crafts & Hobbies Chapter: Making decorative items to mark the 75th year of CCB

CCB Sydney Chapter: Awareness table

CCB Sydney Curling Chapter: Advertising and awareness


CCB Club 60 Barrie: Mall display

CCB London VI Curling Chapter: Curling

CCB Pembroke WC Chapter: Library displays in Deep River, Petawawa, Pembroke, Renfrew, and Arnprior; mall displays in Pembroke

CCB Toronto Visionaries Chapter: Rec & Leisure Show February 6th, 2016

CCB Waterloo Regional Club: Salute the Seniors event at Kitchener City Hall in June; booth at mall in Waterloo

CCB Windsor/Essex Low Vision Social & Support Group Chatper: Information day



CCB Prince County Chapter: Bowling



CCB Regina Chapter: Advertisement in Java Jabbers




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