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 events including, open houses, informational forums and more in their local communities to rais awareness and provide information to the public.
Although many chapters hold public awareness events throughout the year WCW encourages CCB chapters 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.
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Help Celebrate White Cane Week 2021: A Special Invitation
Expo Forum Saturday February 13th at 2:00 p.m.
Topic: Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program
Moderator: Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind); Panel: Ian White (President of the CCB Toronto Visionaries), Mike Potvin (Editor of White Cane Magazine), Samantha Moore (CCB Coordinator of Public Relations and Youth Programs), and Minette Samaroo (President of the Toronto Chapter of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians)
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hUgBCGuCSySUMclwVKl6sQ
ViewFBC’s View Point
Topic: Uncovering the Role of Vitamin D in AMD
Wednesday, February 17th at 10:30 a.m.
In this live session, we will be joined by FBC-funded researcher and ophthalmologist Dr. Jacob Rullo, who will speak about his research into the connection between vitamin D and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
For the first half hour of the webinar, we will be joined by Stephen Ricci from CNIB Smartlife. Ricci will showcase some of the latest and greatest accessible devices and technological aids for people living with vision loss.
There will be time for a Q&A session. Please send questions in advance to [email protected].
For more information and to register, visit us online at
Vision Summit 2021, Wednesday February 17th at 2:00 p.m.
Topic: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Moderator: Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind); Panel: Louise Gillis (National President the Canadian Council of the Blind), Michelle McQuigge (Assistant News Editor at the Canadian Press), and Dr. Orla Galvin (Director of Research Policy at Retina International)
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CB8S_Qj0QCaEgTuWZz66ag
White Cane Week Vision Gala 2021 Thursday February 18th at 2:00 p.m.
White Cane Week’s Annual Award Event-Enjoy CCB’s Annual Dinner Gala without the dinner. Highlighting annual awards and special speakers.
Host: Michael Baillargeon (Special Advisor to the Canadian Council of the Blind); Speakers and special guests: Louise Gillis (National President Canadian Council of the Blind), White Cane Person of the Year Award Recipient, President’s Award Recipient, David Errington (President and CEO at AMI), Peter Burke (VP of Marketing and Communications at AMI), musicians Lucas Haneman and Megan Laurence, Doug Earle (President and CEO at Fighting Blindness Canada), Dr. Keith Gordon (Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind), Ric Watson (Executive Chef and Director of Food Services at The Ottawa Mission), and more
Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UQiJV8iERsabfOyPHTprJA