Vision Mate

(CNIB, Durham Region, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario)

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Position ID: V-OSH1120 Last Modified: 01 Oct 2019 Last Full Update: 01 Oct 2019
Opportunity Details
ContactFilomena Di Ruscio, Program Lead, Home Based Support, CNIB GTA Foundation; Phone: 416-486-2500 ext 7209; Email:
DutiesOne-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted * regularly visit a client in his/her home or other suitable environment at a mutually convenient time * read, walk, assist with errands or outings, and community visits * all outings are on foot, by public transportation or taxi * track and report volunteer hours as directed
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BenefitsMake a difference in the lives of people who are blind or partially sighted
ClientsThose who experience sight loss/blindness in Greater Toronto Area
Ages19 year(s) - 80 year(s)
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Men ; Women ; Community Groups
Areas of InterestCommunity Outreach ; Friend / Penpal ; Guide / Greeter ; Support for Visual Impairments
Skills/ExperienceCommunication & Interpersonal Skills - Excellent communication skills ; Confidentiality ; Customer Service ; Dependability & Trustworthiness - Reliable, organized and able to work with minimal supervision ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience - Patient, empathetic and friendly ; Planning & Organizing ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work ; Very strong English skills or willing to be matched with a client who speaks your native language
Commitment LengthLong Term (Minimum of 6 months)
Interaction LevelOne-on-one
Minimum Hours2 / Week
Dates and TimesMonday: Morning, Afternoon 
Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon 
Thursday: Morning, Afternoon 
Friday: Morning, Afternoon 
Times are flexible * usually two hours per week on days and times that are convenient for the client and the volunteer (including evenings and weekends)
SeasonsYear Round
AccessibilityFully Accessible
LocationIn Durham Region
Number of PositionsDurham Region 
10 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation - CNIB, the people we help, vision loss, and volunteering at CNIB ; Training is provided ; Training is required ; Scheduled training ; Training on the job ; Training on-going ; Full training about CNIB and sight loss, including sighted guide, will be provided * training specific to the position * including working as a Vision Mate and what to do when problems arise * Agree to abide by CNIB’s Volunteer Code of Conduct, including policies and procedures concerning confidentiality, conflict of interest, and the prevention of workplace harassment and violence.
TransportationDriver License required ; Car required ; Must have clean driving record * mileage is reimbursed as per the CNIB expenses policy
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsLevel 3 screening * long application form and interview, orientation, two character references, police record check with vulnerable sector check
Agency Details
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Organization NameCNIB, Durham Region, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Ontario
Office Phone905-430-7611
Toll Free Phone1-800-563-0887
Address & Map
Abilities Centre
55 Gordon St, Suite 207A
Whitby, ON L1N 0J2
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