Vision Mate

(CNIB [Central East], Southwest Region Branch, CNIB. Ontario Division)

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Position ID: V-GRE0051 Last Modified: 06 Jul 2017 Last Full Update: 06 Jul 2017
Opportunity Details
ContactDavid Wallis, Program Lead, Peer & Home-based Support, CNIB; Phone: (Business) 1-888-275-5332 ext 5304; Email:
DutiesProvide one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted through regularl visits. Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon like reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting.
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BenefitsYou can make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted; provide sighted assistance and companionship to a person in your community who is blind or partially sighted. You will develop or use experience and skills in client service while being part of a dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer team working to further CNIB’s mission.
ClientsThose who are blind or partially sighted
Ages19 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Newcomers / English as a second language
Areas of InterestBehavioural and Developmental Support Services ; Friend / Penpal ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceCreativity ; Friendly & Outgoing ; General Computer Skills ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Planning & Organizing ; Writing & Editing ; Trustworthy, patient, empathetic and friendly. Reliable, organized and able to work with minimal supervision. Excellent communication skills and strong English skills or willing to be matched with a client who speaks your native language
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term (More than 1 year) ; Minimum six month commitment length
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours2 / Month
Dates and TimesTime and dates are organized by client and volunteer
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityUnknown - Depending on where client and volunteer have meeting
LocationWithin clients home or public locations
Number of PositionsBruce County: 10 individual(s) ; Grey County: 10 individual(s) 
20 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is required ; Orientation about CNIB, the people we help, vision loss, and your role as a volunteer. Training specific to the position, including: working as a Vision Mate and sighted guide review.
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required ; Volunteers are responsible for own transportation
CostPolice check is free to volunteers within vulnerable sectors. Please check with your local police department.
Police CheckRequired
Liability InsuranceAvailable
Agency Details
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Organization NameCNIB [Central East], Southwest Region Branch, CNIB. Ontario Division
Office Phone519-371-2721
Toll Free Phone1-800-265-4127
Address & Map
908 2nd Ave E, Ste 202
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2H6