VIRN Office Location

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Keep coming back to our website to view our Programs & Activities.

Local phone numbers: 204-975-9340 or 204-975-9341
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Fax: 1-888-471-1919

Address: 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg
Main Floor, South Tower
Email: info@virn.ca
Website: www.virn.ca
Twitter: @virnca
Faceebook: www.facebook.com/virn.ca

Right on the northwest corner of Sherbrook and Portage Avenue.

"Thank You! Lions Eye Bank for the opportunity to work with you."

Mailing Address:
Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.
PO Box 2454, Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7

Staying true to our mission and core building blocks:
• Public Education
• Training
• Peer Support
• Active Living

We continue to roll out new programs and activities and are still offering our existing ones.
You choose which one is right for you."

Tasia Shares Her Appreciation - VIRN Mentorship Program

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Back To The Old Me

I am honoured to have someone in my life that has guided me through the past few years. It's not easy when your life changes in a heartbeat. I had the love and support of my family and friends throughout the vision loss, but being able to connect with someone who understood the struggles and tribulations of dealing with low vision made the difference in my life.

Doris Koop is an amazing women and I am honoured that she chose me to mentor. She is someone I am truly blessed to know and would be lucky to strive for even half of everything she has accomplished. I can honestly say I have grown to love and respect her with my whole heart and she has truly brought the "old" me back to the surface.

The VIRN Mentorship Program is a rising star waiting to take the world by storm and it would not be possible without someone like Doris!

I continue to volunteer at VIRN (Vision Impaired Resource Network) on a regular basis, and each and every day I spend with the numerous volunteers that make the organization what it is, I am thankful that a place like this exists. I have a loving family by my side each and every moment of my life, but VIRN and Doris and all the volunteers have become a second family to me.

To all of you out there, young and old, struggling with vision loss - please give VIRN a call and maybe you will receive a mentor just as wonderful as I was honoured to receive!! ❤❤

VIRN Mobility Removes Isolation

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VIRN Mentorship Program

Belief in the community of people who are vision impaired has always been at the forefront of The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc. Our grassroots programs are essential in preventing people who are vision impaired from falling through the cracks.

For many years this part of the community has been overlooked and several live in isolation. We are working hard to change that through programs like VIRN Mobility - (Mentorship). This is part of Peer Support one of the four core pillars that make up the foundation of our organization.

Our programs have a positive impact on how people who are vision impaired face day-to-day challenges; we strive for an inclusive society.

Thank you to the Accessible Media Inc. - (AMI Team) for your interest in VIRN's Mentorship Program and for an excellent job on pulling together this story. To view click the link: VIRN Mentorship Program

If you want to learn more about being a volunteer and/or taking part in one of our Peer Support programs call or email us at:
Phone: 204-975-9340
Email: info@virn.ca

Keep VIRN In Mind For Online Shopping

Shop at Amazon.ca; support VIRN

Available throughout the year.

Are you going to be doing some online shopping at Amazon.ca? Why not support VIRN at the same time!

VIRN has joined the Amazon.ca associate program.

If you enter the Amazon.ca web site through the link below, you will get the same prices and great deals offered by Amazon.ca and as a bonus VIRN will receive a percentage of the money you spend.

You get the same great deals provided by Amazon.ca, no additional charges whatsoever.
VIRN gets financial support for our important programs and events for the VIRN community simply because you used our link. It couldn't be easier!

Remember to help VIRN by entering the Amazon.ca store by using this link:
Shop at Amazon.ca!

Thank you for using the Amazon.ca associate program and supporting VIRN.
We are very grateful, every little bit helps and keep on ordering online through our website. Pass this information along so others may order as well.

Happy shopping and thanks from VIRN.

VIRN Office Location

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Keep coming back to our website to view our Programs & Activities.

Local phone numbers: 204-975-9340 or 204-975-9341
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Address: 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg
Main Floor, South Tower
Email: info@virn.ca
Website: www.virn.ca
Twitter: @virnca

Facebook: www.facebook.com/virn.ca

Right on the northwest corner of Sherbrook and Portage Avenue.

"Thank You! Lions Eye Bank for the opportunity to work with you."

Mailing Address:
Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc.
PO Box 2454, Station Main
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A7

VIRN Chooses CanadaHelps.org for Online Donations

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Safe, Secure, Convenient for Donors

VIRN has chosen CanadaHelps.org to process our online donations.

For you, the donor, CanadaHelps.org makes giving safe, secure, simple and convenient. You are in absolute control while making your donation.

You decide:

  • The amount you want to give
  • If it is a one-time donation or recurring
  • How much information VIRN receives; if you prefer, you can make your donation anonymously.
  • A tax receipt for your charitable donation is emailed directly to you.

CanadaHelps.org proudly facilitates over $40 million in charitable donations annually through their website for 13,000 registered Canadian charities.

VIRN has carefully chosen CanadaHelps.org as the secure way to maximize the effectiveness of the online donations we receive.

We ask you to consider using this secure and convenient way to make your donation to VIRN.

Your donation to VIRN will help support our numerous programs and activities that make a positive impact and experience to people who are vision impaired. Click here to donate now through CanadaHelps.org.

Thanking you in advance,
VIRN

Thank You! - 2017 White Cane Week Made Real Impact

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Building Awareness through Public Education

During the week of February 5 to 11, The Vision Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) Inc. was even busier than we usually are. This year we paid special attention during the week to Public Education and building awareness about what the White Cane means and how we have evolved and celebrate the choices we now have.

Through presentations, sharing stories and through our regular programs we have had very positive feedback as to the work that VIRN is doing to increase the knowledge and understanding on the abilities of people who are vision impaired.

The white cane still remains as a symbol of independence and the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Now that we have the choice of additional colours, this iconic symbol now demonstrates that we have the right to embrace the tools we can use to truly be independent and free from the constraints of institutions. We will always recognise and respect the meaning of the white cane with the understanding that it is now for all of us who are vision impaired. Make choices, feel free to be yourself.

Thank you for making the 2017 White Cane Week a success.

"See If You Can" Program

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Presentations Increasing Awareness On Abilities

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Since 1984, the "See If You Can" program has been has been very well received and to date we have presented to over 100,000 children and adults in Manitoba. Other areas in Canada have adopted the program resulting in great success.

We welcome the opportunity to increase awareness in the community on the abilities of people who are vision impaired. Book your presentation today through our online form, email or call our office.

Click Here For The Online Request Form
Email: info@virn.ca
VIRN Office: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)

Introduction to VI Curling (Video)

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Grassroots VI Curling Program

VIRN encourages both recreational and competitive curling, but we never lose sight as to the importance of grassroots development and the fun of the sport.

VIRN Now Offers Braille Embossing Services

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Another Choice For Information In Accessible Formats

VIRN is now ready to provide Braille embossing services.

Braille is one of the formats used by many people who are vision impaired. We are here to provide this service to Government, Businesses, Organizations and to the general public. We offer an economical option to help get Braille into the hands of people who want to access information in the format of their choice. Braille is an excellent way to improve literacy.

For more information call: 204-975-9340
Toll-Free: 1-888-851-VIRN (8476)
Email: info@virn.ca

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