February 2018

Importance of Reading Month

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Let's Make Reading Inclusive

Remember when you were learning to read as a child? Did you read with your parents or an older sibling? Or perhaps you had reading buddies in school? Did they read to you or did you read to them?

VIRN values inclusion for all family members and all community members in this experience. Would it be nice to go to the library, and sign out books in different formats that all family members can read?

Inclusion would mean access to this same world of knowledge, to explore, learn, dream, and enjoy. This means reading with various senses not just visual but tactile or audio as well.

The whole month of February 2018 is I Love to Read Month.
Click Here For The Full Article

Learn To Curl With The VI Curling Program

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Next Curling Date - Feb 11th

New Location
Sunday, February 11th
11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Fort Garry Curling Club
696 Archibald Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.fortgarrycurling.com<:strong>

Please register in advance.
For more details Email: info@virn.ca
Call: 204-975-9340

Dress in layers, where stretchy pants and bring a clean pairs of shoes to change into. Street shoes are not allowed on the ice.

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. Get your family and friends together and come out and join in the fun. Sunday, February 11th

Everyone is welcome!

VIRN remains committed to ensuring that there are coaches and volunteers on hand to help people wanting to learn to curl or continue to curl regardless of whether or not you are losing your vision or have been vision impaired all your life. It is important to stay active and be involved in the community.

VI Curling involves friends and families, because inclusion is a very important aspect of sport. Many of the people who have taken part and who continue to take part in VIRN's Curling program have gone on to curl alongside curlers who make up the multitude of leagues throughout the province.

In addition to providing coaching, VIRN is giving VI Curlers opportunities to play against teams of varying abilities. Teams from other provinces and countries will be contacted to spread VI Curling and to make as many opportunities as possible available for everyone who enjoys the sport.

Register in advance.
For more information or to get involved, contact VIRN by:
Phone: 204-975-9340
Email: info@virn.ca

2017 VIRN L. P. Ings Scholarship Recipient - Tasia Knysh

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Congratulations Tasia!

I am grateful to have the opportunity to accept the L.P Ings Scholarship and know that had it not been for VIRN, and everyone’s support, this would have never been a possibility. I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was a long road and tough battle the last three years of my life, but I now know that anything is possible if I set my mind to it. I may not be able to do things the way I used to, but I am still able to do them. I can lead a fully inclusive life, and it can start with completing school and working in a field I love. Thank you for the opportunity and help with this through the scholarship. I could not ask for anything more and cannot think of any words to say how gracious I truly am. – Tasia Knysh

Click Here For Tasia’s Full Story

The White Cane - The Symbol of Independence

We Want Choices!

White Cane Week 2018
By Deanna Ng

White Cane Week is celebrated across Canada, this week. It started Sunday, February 4 and goes until Saturday, February 10.

VIRN recognizes that people want more choices in what colour cane they use. Yet they respect and know that the white cane remains the symbol of achievements and independence to the community.

I use a white cane, travel everywhere in the city independently, and go to many public spaces, gatherings, and events. It would not be possible without the advocacy, support, and education on inclusion out in the community done by VIRN.

Click Here For Deanna's Full Article

Tech-Ease Drop-in Monday, February 5th - Cancelled

See You On March 5th

Sorry for any inconvenience!

We are cancelling the Tech-Ease Drop-In for tonight.

We will be back on Monday, March 5th at 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Please share this information with anyone you feel might be attending.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

From your,
VIRN Team!

Learn To Curl With The VI Curling Program

Photo of yellow curling rock with our VIRN Logo on the handle.
Get Active & Be Part of A Team

New Location
Sunday, February 4th
11:45 AM to 1:45 PM
Fort Garry Curling Club
696 Archibald Street, Winnipeg
Website: www.fortgarrycurling.com

Please register in advance.
For more details Email: info@virn.ca
Call: 204-975-9340

VIRN"s Vision Impaired Curling (VI Curling) program offers grassroots development, recreational and competitive curling. Get your family and friends together and come out and join in the fun. Sunday, February 4th

Everyone is welcome!

VIRN remains committed to ensuring that there are coaches and volunteers on hand to help people wanting to learn to curl or continue to curl regardless of whether or not you are losing your vision or have been vision impaired all your life. It is important to stay active and be involved in the community.

VI Curling involves friends and families, because inclusion is a very important aspect of sport. Many of the people who have taken part and who continue to take part in VIRN's Curling program have gone on to curl alongside curlers who make up the multitude of leagues throughout the province.

In addition to providing coaching, VIRN is giving VI Curlers opportunities to play against teams of varying abilities. Teams from other provinces and countries will be contacted to spread VI Curling and to make as many opportunities as possible available for everyone who enjoys the sport.

For more information or to get involved, contact VIRN by:
Phone: 204-975-9340 or 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Email: info@virn.ca