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Our History Is Important To VIRN

Prior to 1941 numerous independent associations of the blind existed across Canadian communities. The Manitoba League of the Blind (Winnipeg) initiated meetings between 1941 and 1943 with the London Association of the Blind of Ontario and other interested parties. These same groups met again in 1944 and established the Inter-Provincial "Council".

In 1946 the name “The Canadian Council of the Blind" was agreed upon. Chartered and Incorporated in 1950, the Council achieved representation in every Province by 1954.

The driving force of the CCB was its interest in improving the quality of life for blind Canadians. In 1982 The Canadian Council of the Blind Manitoba Division (CCB MB) became a registered charity and is still to date incorporated in Manitoba. Improving the lives of people who are vision impaired and this remains to be our primary objective.

We are no strangers to change! Although VIRN might be seen as "The New Guy In Town," we have come a long way and will continue to forge ahead. Times change and in order to keep up with the wants and needs of our community in which we serve, we listened to their input and changes were made.

2011 is another milestone for the community of Manitobans who are vision impaired. The Canadian Council of the Blind Manitoba Division Inc changes its name to the Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc., We are still a registered charity here in Manitoba with the same business number.

When asked why the change yet again? The answer is simple, the community of people who are vision impaired (VI) said, "we want to be part of an organization that reflect who they are and what they do."

Another reason for the change is that CCB MB was often confused with other organizations with similar sounding names such as the CNIB. Although CCB MB and CNIB continue to work together, it is important for people to know that they are two separate and distinct organizations.

VIRN still offers all of the same programs and activities. One of the significant differences is that all funds raised locally are managed here in Manitoba. Also, it is now easier to develop new programs and activities due to the fact that VIRN is not required to take part in national initiatives unless our community wants to do so.

VIRN will always respect our history, however VIRN will never be limited by it and embraces change. We believe in partnerships with other organizations and strive for full inclusion for everyone.