AEBC 2018 AGM and Conference, Saturday Evening Boat Cruise and Dinner, April 28, 2018


Saturday April 28 2018

You are invited to come on a wonderful boat cruise with members of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.  Please email if you are interested in attending and paying for the boat cruise and Betty Nobel will assist you with payment either by credit card or paypal.  Registrations must be received by April 10, 2018 at the latest.  We have the boat all to ourselves!  Family and friends are welcome.  We have room for 100 people.


Vancouver Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours

#150 – 810 Quayside Drive

New Westminster, BC V3M 6B9

(604) 525-4465


This three-hour river boat dinner cruise will be an experience you will remember for a long time to come.

Meal includes: AAA Alberta Roast Beef Striploin, Roast Chicken, Vegetable Lasagna, Roast Nugget Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Garden Salad, Warmed dinner rolls, Coffee and Tea, Dessert Squares and Cakes. (We can accommodate allergies and food restrictions if we are aware in advance)


Relax and dine for an evening on the river. Featuring a 3-course dinner freshly prepared on board using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Invite the family or bring out your friends! Perfect for any occasion from anniversaries, birthdays and work outings!

Included in the Cruise

3-hour cruise on the Fraser River along the waterfront of New Westminster Includes a Starter Salad, your choice of Entrée and Dessert Special menus for Children (12 & under) Refreshments available for purchase from our Galley Bar. M.V Native

Our 100-passenger Paddlewheeler is an authentic replica of the paddlewheelers, or sternwheelers that plied the Fraser River in British Columbia from the late 1850s until the 1920s. Carrying everyone from pioneers, fur traders, gold rush miners, freight and livestock as well as family passengers from the communities along the Fraser River, these working boats were vital connections between B.C. communities in the early days of this province. The M.V. Native is very safe boat, fully certified by Transport Canada.




Advocacy, AEBC

AEBC 26th AGM Awards, April 27-29, 2018

Dear AEBC Members:


The AGM Awards committee is pleased to announce that there will be three additional awards presented at this year’s AGM on the evening of Friday, April 27, 2018 during the “Opening Ceremonies”.


They are:


  1. Peer support recognition


  1. Outstanding Community Service Recognition


  1. Accessible Website Recognition


The criteria for each is as follows:


  1. Peer support recognition: Is there a member whom you would like to have recognized for having provided on-going peer support over the years as it relates to the work of AEBC?  Perhaps this person has been a great influence in your life in general?   Please write a summary explaining how this person has been instrumental in providing peer support.


All who are nominated and fit the criteria will receive recognition.


  1. Outstanding Community Service Award: Which business (in the private or public sectors) of your community would you like to have recognized as having gone the extra mile to provide excellent service to Blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians? This business should be observed as providing its services without any, or very few barriers.  While we know that some businesses are constantly reminded of their obligation to serve members of the public with the thought in mind that we should all be able to take part on an equal basis, we are aware that not all comply nor do they appear to care. Describe the attributes that make this business stand out.



From a mobility prospective, is the building accessible inside and out?

Is the lighting adequate to conduct your business in this establishment?

Have staff been trained to serve blind, deaf-blind or partially sighted persons with respect and dignity and in a timely manner?

Are you able to navigate without concerns at this place of business? Is it safe?

Can you independently complete your transaction satisfactorily?

If requested, would this business provide you with their reading materials in the alternate format of your choice?


These are a few suggestions as to what you might ask yourselves if you were to nominate a place of business which you feel is deserving of this recognition.


All who are nominated and fit the criteria will be recognized.


. Accessible Website: Is there a website that you use frequently that is accessible for blind, deaf-blind and partially sighted Canadians that you would like recognized? If so, please provide the URL and a summary about the website and explain how it is accessible and why you use this website.


All who are nominated and fit the criteria will be recognized.


Remember: We can only know your nominee through your submission, so please be specific when explaining why they should be recognized for the award.


Please send in your nomination to Betty Nobel by Thursday, March 15, 2018 at




Betty Nobel, National Secretary

Advocacy, AEBC, Independence

AEBC AGM and Conference, Burnaby BC, April 27 to 29, 2018

On March 1, 2018 at 4:32:33 PM PST Betty Nobel Nobel via Announcements <> said:

Dear AEBC Members:


The Central Okanagan Chapter (Kelowna) has kindly donated the sum of $500 to National Office, fulfilling their commitment to assist AEBC in its efforts to support members wishing to attend this year’s AGM, scheduled for April 2018.  This offer is available to out of Province members only,  as we are confident there will be several participants representing British Columbia and we would like to assist those who have a greater distance to travel.


While there are already subsidies available to all chapters, this does not preclude a member already accepting such funds from sending in an application.  However, in the event that we receive several requests from those who have not yet been granted a $250 subsidy, preference will be given to those applicants. These funds are earmarked to be used for the conference planned for April 2018 and are to be allocated to one or two members who meet the requirements below.


Your application should include:

Weather you are a member in good standing, (this means your membership dues have been paid 45 days in advance of attending the conference.)

Weather you have attended a conference in the past.

A brief paragraph explaining why  you should be the successful applicant and how you would benefit from attending the conference


All applications should be sent to Chantal Oakes, President, Central Okanagan Chapter

no later than March 12, 2018 giving us time to review the requests and to select successful candidates.  We apologize for the lateness of this notice but we are confident we can make a difference to those who need the added funds.


It is our hope that this will generate interest among those who want to attend the conference and that we are able to alleviate some of the financial stresses associated with the costs of travelling.


On behalf of the Central Okanagan Chapter, (Kelowna) we thank you for your attention to this important matter and look forward to hearing from you.


Chantal Oakes