On the Passing of Chris Stark

To the Stark Family,

On behalf of myself as National President and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) I extend our deepest condolences to Marie, Jeffery and Chantal – their spouses and as well to the grandchildren. We all have been shocked by Chris’s sudden passing. Chris has made major contributions to blind and partially sighted Canadians for which we are truly grateful and will not be forgotten.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this very difficult time.


Louise Gillis

Chris Stark (1947-2019)

Photo Of Chris Stark

Christopher (Chris, Bobo) James Stark, born November 4, 1947, passed away peacefully on June 3rd, 2019, surrounded by his ever-loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Marie, children Jeffrey and Chantal, grandchildren Rowan, Abigale and Nathan, daughter-in-law Jenn and son-in-law John, and faithful guide dog Banksy.

Chris’s tireless passion for advocating for and improving the lives, experiences and independence of persons with disabilities was the cornerstone of his personal life and career, focusing mainly in travel and transportation, telecommunications, banking services and guide dog access. One of his proudest achievements was the implementation of accessible automated banking machines with audio features which can be used independently by customers with disabilities including persons who are blind. He earned several awards including a letter of commendation from Queen Elizabeth II, the Governor General 125th Anniversary of the Confederation Commemorative Medal, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He authored several articles and books including a book about his experiences as a child at the Halifax School for the Blind (HSB), and another about the history of HSB. More information about his life and achievements is available at: His Website – http://bobo.blackspheretech.com/

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to The Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

His life will be celebrated on June 16th, 2019 from 2-4pm at the Tweedsmuir on the Park Clubhouse at 21 Kinmount Pvt in Kanata.

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The Accessible Canada Act has Passed

Press Release

Canadian Council of the Blind

May 2019

The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) has been working with the Government of Canada and its agencies, including the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as well as collaborating with blindness organizations toward the creation of an Accessible Canada Act.  All organizations of persons with disabilities have worked tirelessly, especially since Canada signed on to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). 

CCB is pleased to see that the Accessible Canada Act has passed and will receive Royal Ascent very soon.  While we now have a timeline toward 2040, as the National president of CCB, I hope to see our Government take action now so that many of the accessibility issues we currently face will be overcome well before that date. 

We can all work together as Canadians to ensure that the built environment, employment, programs and services as well as access to information are barrier-free for all. 

CCB declared during our 2019 White Cane Week celebrations that this is ‘our year of accessibility.’ At our White Cane Dinner, the Hon. Carla Qualtrough was recognized as our “Person of the Year.”  We would like to acknowledge Minister Qualtrough’s work in making the Accessible Canada Act a reality, and congratulate her, and all others involved.  We look forward to continuing our work to improve the Act wherever possible – Nothing about us without us! 

Happy National Access Awareness Week! 

Minister Calra Qualtro stands smiling in front of the parliment buildings.
Minister Qualtro announcing that bill C-81 has passed

20/20 Ageing: A Life Course Approach to Vision Health Webinar

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Enabling functional Ability Post-Conference Education Webinar Series

June 5, 2019 12:00-1:00 Eastern Daylight Time

20/20 Ageing: A Life Course Approach to Vision Health
Translating Evidence for the Decade of Healthy Ageing

Ms Louise Gillis
Canadian Council of the Blind
Mr. Thomas Simpson
Head, Public Affairs and Central Lead, Advocacy, Canadian National Insitute for the Blind
Moderated by: Mr. Greg Shaw
Director of International and Coporate Relations International Federation on Ageing



Presented by the International Federation on Ageing