GTT Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, VIRL Library Discussion and Canadian Assistive Tech Demo, September 23, 2017

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Nanaimo


Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind, Vancouver Island Regional Library and No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired (NOVI)


Please share this invitation widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective knowledge.


Theme: VIRL discussion about NNELS, CELA and other Library services, followed by a Canadian Assistive Technology Equipment Demonstration and hands on trial.



Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Downtown, 90 Commercial St


September 23, 2017


10:00 AM until approximately 12:00 Noon


First Hour: Jason Cuffler and Emily Matthews will tell us about VIRL’s new 50 Daisy Book on-site collection, NNELS, the Library web site and other VIRL services for blind and low vision readers.

Second Hour: Steve Barclay will give us a demo of the assistive technology carried by Canadian Assistive Technologies.



This meeting might be followed by a walk to a local downtown restaurant for lunch and further discussion with those who can attend.


To RSVP, or for more information:

Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or GTTWest@CCBNational.net.




NOVI Social and Recreational Organization, and the Get Together with Technology group come together to serve the peer mentoring, assistive technology and daily living skills development needs of Nanaimo and area residents.


Since 2001 the Nanaimo Organization of the Vision Impaired (NOVI) has served the social and recreational needs of Nanaimo residents, and recently this group altered its name to better reflect the dynamic nature of their brand of mutual support and forward thinking ideas and activities.  It is now known as “No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired” (NOVI), and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the 710 Club from 1:30 until 3:30 PM.


Since 2013 Get Together with Technology (GTT), a program of the Canadian Council of the Blind, has been meeting monthly in Nanaimo to provide opportunities for blind and partially sighted residents to learn more about the assistive technology so prevalent in our lives as we attempt to level the playing field in education, social interaction, recreation and independent living.


These two groups have embarked on an amalgamation of their efforts while expanding their support to the blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted residents of the Nanaimo and Parksville areas.  In order to facilitate this collaboration GTT has moved its meetings to align with the Tuesday NOVI gatherings so the two organizations can consolidate their human resources that more and better support may be delivered.


  • 1st Tuesday from 1:30 until 3:30 PM, NOVI Social/recreational gathering in Nanaimo lead by Henk Pauelsen.


Forth Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12 Noon, GTT Nanaimo and NOVI members will meet at the Vancouver Island Regional Library, Nanaimo Downtown Branch, 90 Commercial Street to discuss access to information issues, assistive technology and anything pertaining to living with, and adjusting to vision loss.  VIRL staff also participate in these Saturday morning meetings to provide information about services and supports available through the Public Library system.


NOVI and GTT will retain their independent organizational structures and membership dues, however will work in collaboration on local social activities, learning independence skills and peer mentoring endeavours.


For more information please contact:



Henk Pauelsen at 250-586-6285 or NOVI-Group@Shaw.ca

Living Without Looking/Independent Living Skills:

Donna Hudon at 250-618-0010 or IAmDonnaHudon@Gmail.com


Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343 or GTTWest@CCBNational.nett




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