VIRN Office Location

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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 Position Statement On Draft Service Dog Standards

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Too Onerous for Handlers

Although we understand the importance of establishing standards for the training of guide and service dogs, VIRN cannot support the draft Service Dog Standards as they currently exist. It would not be practical and it is too onerous for a handler to comply with the documentation requirements. VIRN stands in support of the standards already established by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. VIRN does not want to put any barriers in place that would prevent schools and any other training facilities that match service dogs with handlers outside of Canada to exclude people from our community.

it is important to recognize the fact that a guide dog is not the same as a service dog. Requirements and training is different for a guide dog to work with a person who is vision impaired.

June to September VIRN's 2017 Paddling Program

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Hey VIRN, Let's Paddle!

Every Tuesday Evening

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

Get active and encourage your family and friends to join us on these evenings.

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 Monday before each date by: Phone: 204-975-9340 or Email: info@virn.ca

Get active, feel good and have fun!!

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

VIRN 2017 Cycling Season Every Wednesday

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Ready To Ride - Join Us!

Every Wednesday, our cycling program is back for the Cycling Season 2017.
Join the VIRN Community email list to stay informed at: community@googlegroups.com

Next ride is:
Wednesday, June 28th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Assiniboine Park

Meeting spot Duck Pond at Assiniboine Park
Handi-Transit riders get dropped off in front of the Qualico Family Centre and the Duck Pond is also right in front with a water fountain as a good landmark.
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 at 12:00 PM.
Call us at: 204-975-9341 or email: info@virn.ca

Special Notes
• Keep this phone number handy for a contact number: 204-793-0245
• You will not be riding for all 2 hours
• 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 are looking forward to another season of cycling and fun rides.
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 4:00 PM via our VIRN Community Email list at: virn-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

Happy Birthday Canada 150

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Proud To Be Canadian!

Oh Canada!
We are wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Canada Day.
We are so proud of who we are as a glorious country, so strong and free!
Oh Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

Journey To Accessibility by Deanna Ng

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Community News Commons

The Disabilities Issues Office hosted a well-attended discussion earlier this month at the Viscount Gort Hotel on Portage Ave. — all about accessibility in Manitoba, and in Winnipeg in particular — with the common goal of examining accessible legislation, customer service, and employment for people with disabilities.

The various sectors – non-profits, government, educators, and especially businesses — attended the event, with a common interest in making Manitoba a more accessible province. This was just one of several events that were part of Manitoba Access Awareness Week, held June 5 to 9.

Since 1990, there has been much to celebrate in Manitoba when it comes to accessibility. In fact, Winnipeg recently won the
Rick Hansen Accessibility Award.

While we can all be proud the Rick Hansen Foundation chose to honour the City of Winnipeg with a 2017 Accessible Cities Award, it is also important to view this achievement from a broader perspective. There is still much work to do to advocate for the funding earmarked for accessibility in the 2016-2018 budget. Barrier Free Manitoba is calling for the budgeted $425,000 to be used to improve accessibility throughout Winnipeg.

Freelance reporter, Jessica Botelho-Urbanski from Winnipeg Metro, wrote about MAAW by focusing on the importance of public education, and the need to reach more than 34,000 businesses and non-profits before November 2018, so all can become accessible.

There were several other organizations represented at this event. Doris Koop, Executive Director of the Vision Impaired Resource Network - VIRN, had an information booth there.

“We celebrate accessibility and inclusion every day of the year by ensuring all of our events, programs and activities go the extra mile to make people feel welcome and do everything we can do to bring accessibility to the forefront without being obvious,” said Koop. “We refer to this as ‘Seamless Inclusion.'”

On accessible customer service, Koop explained, “[We] do presentations to small businesses, corporations, organizations, schools, etc. on how to better serve and understand how to better serve the community of people who are vision impaired.”
Koop added, “[VIRN also does] website analysis to ensure websites are accessible.”

To help make Winnipeg a more accessible and inclusive city, “[VIRN] took part in many studies and testing with the city, and made many recommendations based on personal hands-on experiences as an organization that is a consumer based organization.”

Written by Deanna Ng on June 20, 2017

For the complete article visit: Community News Commons

"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)

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