CNIB Celebrates a Century of Change
CNIB commemorated a century of remarkable change and progress for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and ushered in a bright new future at its 100th anniversary national celebration on March 21.
More than 400 guests, including clients, volunteers, donors, staff and community partners, joined the charity for an inspirational reception at the Canadian War Museum, a fitting venue for an organization founded in 1918 in the wake of the First World War.
“When our seven founders came together a century ago, they envisioned a future of ability, opportunity and equality for every blind and partially sighted citizen,” said John M. Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB. “That vision has been at the centre of CNIB’s work ever since, propelling us to drive powerful change for the millions of Canadians we have served. That impact is their legacy, and we’re proud to celebrate it.”
The evening’s celebrations were hosted by Craig Oliver, with a key focus on acknowledging trailblazers who shaped the CNIB of today, and forged new paths of opportunity for people with sight loss in Canada. These individuals and organizations were presented with the Century of Change Award, a special award created to honour extraordinary contributions to CNIB and Canada’s sight loss community.
Speakers included including the Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, CNIB National Board Chair Ronald J. Kruzeniski and Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough.
The event also featured special exhibits on CNIB’s past, present and future. Highlights included a meet-and-greet with CNIB guide dogs in training Barney and Danson, a look back at blind literacy through the years, and assistive technologies from early tools to leading-edge digital devices and apps. Also on display were a newly released coin set created by the Royal Canadian Mint and designed by partially sighted artist Meghan Sims and a commemorative envelope created by Canada Post, both paying tribute to CNIB’s 100th anniversary.
While the evening emphasized CNIB’s storied history, the century-old organization also set out its bold ambitions for the future, renewing its original mission with a new vigour and purpose.
Source : CNIB