VIRN AGM Thursday, September 28, 2017

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Save The Date

We know everyone is really busy with work, school, and other commitments. However, we need to set a little time a side to have our Annual General Meeting (AGM). We have listened and heard what you have said and will make this meeting short and sweet.

Thursday, September 28th
Registration 5:30 PM
AGM 6:00 to 7:00 PM
Millennium Library
Anhang Room - 2nd Floor
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg
Southeast Corner of Donald & Graham

Space is limited!
RSVP by: Tuesday, September 26th
Call: 204-975-9341 or Email: info@virn.ca

Tidbits of Information

• The AGM Report will be available in your format of choice, by request by Tuesday, September 28th.

• Membership fees will be accepted prior to the AGM.

• VIRN would like our community to help us save our environment and only print, Braille, or burn to CD any of the AGM materials if you absolutely must.

VIRN Office Location

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Keep coming back to our website to view our Programs & Activities.

Local phone numbers: 204-975-9340 or 204-975-9341
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Fax: 1-888-471-1919

Address: 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg
Main Floor, South Tower
Email: info@virn.ca
Website: www.virn.ca
Twitter: @virnca
Faceebook: www.facebook.com/virn.ca

Right on the northwest corner of Sherbrook and Portage Avenue.

"Thank You! Lions Eye Bank for the opportunity to work with you."

Mailing Address:
Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.
PO Box 2454, Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7

Staying true to our mission and core building blocks:
• Public Education
• Training
• Peer Support
• Active Living

We continue to roll out new programs and activities and are still offering our existing ones.
You choose which one is right for you."

VIRN Paddling Ends Tuesday, September 19th

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Hey VIRN, Let's Paddle!

One Last Paddle This Tuesday

Location: Manitoba Paddling Association
80 Churchill Drive, Winnipeg
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Call for more details: 204-975-9341 or Email: info@virn.ca

Let's fill the boat for our last paddle of 2017.

Space is limited so call to reserve your spot at: 204-975-9341 or Email: info@virn.ca

Special Notes
• Participants should wear weather appropriate clothing that can get wet and a little muddy and bring dry clothes to change into afterwards.

• If you are under 18 years of age and wish to participate, we require a parent or guardian to sign a waiver.

• Must be 15 or over to participate in this program.

• Arrive early so we are ready to start at 7:00 PM Sharp

• RSVP by the Tuesday at 3:00 PM before each date by: Phone: 204-975-9340 or Email: info@virn.ca

We have had a wonderful season of fun and fitness!

"Thank you to the Manitoba Paddling Association (MPA) for giving us this opportunity."
Visit their website at:http://www.mpa.onefireplace.org/

Next Tech-Ease Drop-in Monday, October 2nd

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Everyone Has Something to Share

Next Tech-Ease Drop-In is: Monday, October 2nd
Millennium Library
Anhang Room on the 2nd Floor
251 Donald Street, Winnipeg
Southeast Corner of Donald & Graham

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

October to June - Are you ready to get back into sharing information and learning from people who use accessible tools and technology day-to-day?

This year we will put a new spin on our drop-ins. Each month we will have a 20 minute presentation at 5:30 PM.

This month the presentation will be on the Apps RadioPlay and Radios - for the sports and music enthusiasts.

Note: Please bring your own ear buds to all Tech-Ease drop-in sessions to help us eliminate distractions and interfering with each other.

Although it isn’t necessary, if you happen to have a question that may require some research on our part, let VIRN know a few days in advance. This will help us and make it easier to possibly bring someone in who could answer your question(s) or work with you on the device you have brought along.

Contact us at: 204-975-9341
Email info@virn.ca

Technology helps to keep us connected, informed and is inclusive.

Subscribe to: virn-tech@googlegroups.com
Email: ideviceusers@virn.ca

VIRN has been offering the Tech-Ease program for over ten years. We pride ourselves on sharing information about tools and technology to help the community of people who are vision impaired, their family and friends have equal access to information, download audio books, music and other reading materials through public library services, use GPS for mobility and independent travel and much more.

Contact us at: 204-975-9341
Email info@virn.ca

Technology helps to keep us connected, informed and is inclusive.
Subscribe to: virn-tech@googlegroups.com
Email: ideviceusers@virn.ca

Wednesday Cycling Start Time Change - 5:30 PM

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Sun Sets Earlier, So We Start Earlier

Staying active helps to keep the body and mind healthier and happier. So join us every Wednesday evening for our cycling program. We will keep going until mid-October, weather permitting.

Next ride is:
Wednesday, September 20th
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Assiniboine Park - Winnipeg

Meeting spot the Duck Pond at Assiniboine Park
Handi-Transit riders get dropped off in front of the Qualico Family Centre. There is a water fountain in the duck pond in front of the Qualico Centre and benches directly across from the fountain where you can wait for us to meet you.

Transit riders use the footbridge off Portage to get to the Duck Pond.

While some are riding, some of us will be going for a walk through the park. Or just hanging out and having some social time.

Please confirm if you are coming so we have enough volunteers.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot by each Wednesday by 12:00 PM.
Call us at: 204-975-9341 or email: info@virn.ca

Special Notes
• Everyone MUST wear a helmet. If you have your own, please bring it with you. We will have some on hand.
• Keep this phone number handy for a contact number: 204-793-0245
• Some will be walking and some will be riding
• Wear comfortable walking shoes
• Bring mosquito repellent
• Bring a hat and sunglasses
• Bring water and/or something to drink
• Bring a snack for yourself (optional)

You are welcome to bring your own bike and join in.
We have had a wet Wednesday summer for cycling, hope the Fall is better.
Keep active and have fun at the same time,
Everyone is welcome!

If we ever need to cancel due to weather conditions, we will send an email out by 3:30 PM via our VIRN Community Email list at: virn-community@googlegroups.com.
Join the VIRN Community email list to stay informed at: community@googlegroups.com
And do our best to post it on our website as well.

"A huge thank you to our sponsor Olympia Cycle for your outstanding support."
Visit their website at: https://olympiacycle.com/

Who Is VIRN?

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Goal Is Inclusion

“Finding solutions for day-to-day challenges.”
Help us break down barriers and embrace inclusion for all!

The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) is a registered charity that started in 1944. We became incorporated in Manitoba as the Canadian Council of the Blind Manitoba Division (CCBMB) in 1982. After doing research and consulting with the community of people who are vision impaired, their families, friends and supporters of the organisation we changed our name to better reflect the needs of the community and to eliminate confusion people had regarding organisations with similar sounding names.

Collectively our four core building blocks of Peer Support, Public Education, Active Living and Training promote active, healthy and independent living, and developing good life skills. Click Here to Read More

Keep VIRN In Mind For Online Shopping

Shop at Amazon.ca; support VIRN

Available throughout the year.

Are you going to be doing some online shopping at Amazon.ca? Why not support VIRN at the same time!

VIRN has joined the Amazon.ca associate program.

If you enter the Amazon.ca web site through the link below, you will get the same prices and great deals offered by Amazon.ca and as a bonus VIRN will receive a percentage of the money you spend.

You get the same great deals provided by Amazon.ca, no additional charges whatsoever.
VIRN gets financial support for our important programs and events for the VIRN community simply because you used our link. It couldn't be easier!

Remember to help VIRN by entering the Amazon.ca store by using this link:
Shop at Amazon.ca!

Thank you for using the Amazon.ca associate program and supporting VIRN.
We are very grateful, every little bit helps and keep on ordering online through our website. Pass this information along so others may order as well.

Happy shopping and thanks from VIRN.

VIRN Chooses CanadaHelps.org for Online Donations

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Safe, Secure, Convenient for Donors

VIRN has chosen CanadaHelps.org to process our online donations.

For you, the donor, CanadaHelps.org makes giving safe, secure, simple and convenient. You are in absolute control while making your donation.

You decide:

  • The amount you want to give
  • If it is a one-time donation or recurring
  • How much information VIRN receives; if you prefer, you can make your donation anonymously.
  • A tax receipt for your charitable donation is emailed directly to you.

CanadaHelps.org proudly facilitates over $40 million in charitable donations annually through their website for 13,000 registered Canadian charities.

VIRN has carefully chosen CanadaHelps.org as the secure way to maximize the effectiveness of the online donations we receive.

We ask you to consider using this secure and convenient way to make your donation to VIRN.

Your donation to VIRN will help support our numerous programs and activities that make a positive impact and experience to people who are vision impaired. Click here to donate now through CanadaHelps.org.

Thanking you in advance,
VIRN

"See If You Can" Program

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Presentations Increasing Awareness On Abilities

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Since 1984, the "See If You Can" program has been has been very well received and to date we have presented to over 100,000 children and adults in Manitoba. Other areas in Canada have adopted the program resulting in great success.

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Click Here For The Online Request Form
Email: info@virn.ca
VIRN Office: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)

VIRN Now Offers Braille Embossing Services

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Another Choice For Information In Accessible Formats

VIRN is now ready to provide Braille embossing services.

Braille is one of the formats used by many people who are vision impaired. We are here to provide this service to Government, Businesses, Organizations and to the general public. We offer an economical option to help get Braille into the hands of people who want to access information in the format of their choice. Braille is an excellent way to improve literacy.

For more information call: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Email: info@virn.ca

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