Public Announcements

Announcements of interest to the VIRN community

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The VIRN community is proud to be part of a larger like-minded group of people and organizations who share the same goals as VIRN for a fuly inclusive and productive life experience.
We want to give this group of friends and partners deserving recognition through our “Public Announcements”.

Friends and partners of VIRN are involved in good work. VIRN wants to support these activities as much as possible by promoting them on VIRN’s Public Announcements.

This area of our website is where you will find public announcements that we feel may be of interest to the VIRN community.

Email VIRN at with any suggestions/questions.

3rd Annual Night Steps 5KM Walk/Run

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Night Steps 5KM Walk/Run
Happening at The Forks Market Plaza – Thursday, August 27, 2015
Registration: 6:30pm
Walk Starts at 7:30pm

Night Steps is a fun 5 kilometer night walk with music, food and prizes for family, friends and members of our community. This exciting, family friendly walk or run raises funds to support CNIB’s vital services, such as learning independent travel using a white cane.

Participants who register for the event also receive a free Night Steps T-Shirt and glow items and dinner.

RULA membership in BCLC.BC Libraries Coop

Graphic of log for BC Libraries Cooperative
Working Together With Members Across Canada - "Great News"

Ryerson University Library and Archives announces membership in BC Libraries Cooperative
July 09, 2015: Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON

Today, Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) and the BC Libraries Cooperative (BCLC) are thrilled to announce RULA’s membership in BCLC.

VIRN Member In Boston Marathon

Photo left to right, Christopher, Gaston and Melany approaching the Boston Marathon finish line, April 2015.
Running Room Magazine, July August 2015

Join us in saying congratulations to Gaston Bedard!

"This was my 16th marathon. I would love to run Boston again. I am now looking for sighted guides to train with and to run the next Boston in 2016." says Gaston.

Realize the Right to Equality

Graphic of Barrier Free Logo.
Put an End to Disrespectiful Service / Realize the Right to Equality

Dear VIRN Community:

How much longer will tens of thousands of Manitobans with disabilities have to put up with second or third class service or no service at all?

It's our last chance to ensure that the Minister gets it 'right'! True, the latest draft regulation is an improvement from what was proposed back in the spring 2014. But, after more than a year of work, it is still not nearly good enough.

Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Government Announces Key Initiatives to Prepare Manitobans for Labour Market

News Release

Manitoba News Release: Manitoba Government Announces Key Initiatives to Prepare Manitobans for Labour Market

March 12, 2015


Programs Build Skills, Qualifications for Those Who Want to Join Labour Market: Minister Chief

The Manitoba government has partnered with two community organizations to help people with barriers to employment obtain skills and qualifications they need to find work, Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief announced today.

National Network Anniversary Announcement

NNELS logo
NNELS celebrates first anniversary

Today, on the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) celebrates its first birthday!

United Nations (UN) International Day December 3rd

MB Disabilities Issues Office

United Nations (UN) International Day
of Persons with Disabilities

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Registration is at 9:00 a.m.)
Main Floor, MTS Classroom
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg MB

Program Highlights Include:

• Update on The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

• Presentation: “Disabling Poverty, Enabling Citizenship” by Michael Prince, Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria

Libraries Are For Everyone

Manitoba Government Logo with the buffalo.
Manitoba Library Services Branch - Focus Groups

We are organizing two additional focus groups on November 25th, 2014 at the Winnipeg Public Library and would very much appreciate your participation. Please consider either joining us between 12:30pm to 3:30pm at the Millennium Library in the Anhang Room (second floor) or between 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Henderson Library in their meeting room. In the focus groups you will work as part of a team to identify barriers to library access, and best practices or approaches to library service when serving persons with disabilities.

Winnipeg Access Awards Gala Event

Graphic of Access Awards logo
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"Celebrating Excellence in Universal Design and Accessibility"

Join us, along with our Emcce Ace Burppee, Mayor Sam Katz and Guest Speaker Greg Hasiuk on Wednesday, September 10th at the beautiful MET Entertainment Centre, for a gala awards dinner.

Installation of Push Buttons Along Portage Ave, Winnipeg

Photo of a street pole with a yellow push button and a person's hand touching to activate the APS.
Keeping Our Community Informed

The City of Winnipeg Traffic Signals Branch, Department of Public Works is working hard to keep us informed. Thank You!