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NOVI Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, Richard Harlow Accessible and Touchable Art, October 2, 2018

You’re Invited

NOVI Nanaimo


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


Theme: Presentation by Richard Harlow – Accessible and Touchable Art


When:  Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Time:  1:30 until 3:30 PM

Where:  The 710 Club, 285 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo



  1. Presentation by Richard Harlow – Accessible Art




Richard creates tactile art that can be experienced via touch as well as sight!

For those who cannot experience art through sight, they can now feel the beauty of accessible art.


Much of his art can be experienced from a seated position – so someone in a wheelchair would have a great view.


Need more info?

You can email us

Call us: 250-586-6285

OR visit our facebook page and message us there.


  1. Coffee and other goodies will be on offer.
  2. Bring your 2019 Membership Dues as they’re due by January 1, 2018.


To RSVP, please call Henk Pauelson at 250-586-6285 or or Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or email at




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

Living Without Looking/Independent Living Skills:

Donna Hudon at 250-618-0010 or


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



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