About VIRN

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Who Are We?

VIRN Mission Statement

The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc. is a non-profit organization that delivers programs and activities that focus on providing positive experiences
and information to build the confidence of people who are vision impaired to lead fully inclusive and productive lives. 

The VIRN Community

The VIRN community is a dedicated, hard working and fun loving group of people who work together to promote an inclusive society. VIRN’s primary focus is people, who are vision impaired, but VIRN welcomes everyone and embraces partnerships.

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

Collectively our four core building blocks promote active, healthy and independent living, and developing good life skills.

We believe people who are vision impaired can contribute and participate in their community with confidence, dignity, and independence.

CRA Registered Charitable Organization Name
Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.
CRA Registered Charitable Number
88829 0996RR0001
Incorporation Jurisdiction
Manitoba
Incorporation Number
3582869

Download a copy of VIRN's current bylaws

Core Building Blocks

Peer Support

  • Promote the innovative use of adaptive technology to enhance everyday life experiences and employment opportunities.
  • Offer one on one discussion and work towards finding solutions and resources to overcome challenges that people who are vision impaired face in day-to-day living.
  • Opportunities for group discussions where others facing similar challenges gather to share experiences, plan outings that will enhance their lives through real life experience and work on travel training skills.

Public Education

  • Give presentations to schools, organizations, businesses and service clubs to promote the abilities of people who are vision impaired.
  • Help employers find solutions to accommodate and improve their work place for employees with vision impairments.
  • Work with community groups and organizations to increase understanding of the abilities of people who are vision impaired with the goal of breaking down the barriers that they face in everyday situations.
  • Promote the abilities of Manitobans who are vision impaired through inclusive activities and events.
  • Offer Braille embossing and formatting services.

Active Living

  • Deliver programs and activities that promote physical activity, good natured camaraderie, and peer support such as bowling, concerts, curling, cycling, paddling, games and more.
  • Arrange gatherings, and deliver programs for youth, working age & seniors who are vision impaired.

Training

  • Award the LP Ings Scholarship annually to a Manitoban with a vision impairment who is enrolled in post secondary education or a trade and who is involved in the community.
  • Train people who are vision impaired in the use of adaptive technologies.
  • Offer consulting services on accessibility and inclusion to Municipal and Provincial Government, corporations, organizations and the general public.

Networking is part of each VIRN program and activity giving it strength.

Sharing experiences and contacts continually build the network of people and the resources available to the VIRN Community.

VIRN Board of Directors

Amber-Joy Boyd
Perry Boyechko
Helene Maksimow
Ross Martin
Glen Sepke
Vic Pereira - Board Chair

Colin Koop
Webmaster

Doris Koop
Executive Director

If you or someone you know is vision impaired and want to get involved or get more information, please contact us

VIRN's history begins in Manitoba. Read more about VIRN's beginnings here.