Tele Town Hall Meeting Summary Notes, October 29, 2016 and March 4, 2017

As you consider whether or not to participate in Saturday’s American presentation I offer you the questions and meeting summaries from our first two Canadian Tele Town Hall meetings.


Tele Town Hall Meeting Questions and Summary Notes:

First Meeting Questions, October 29th, 2016:


  1. In order to ensure that people who are blind, partially sighted or deaf/blind continue to have a strong voice in Canada, what do you think the national consumer movement should look like in the future?
  2. Canada is a small country in population. However, it is geographically quite large.  Would it be better in Canada to ensure that on a national level there is one organization of the blind working on projects and advocacy to help strengthen community activities provincially and locally?
  3. National, provincial and local organizations have tried working in coalitions. Are you aware of any activities that these coalitions have done?  Would you support a more formal working relationship between the existing national organizations of the blind?
  4. Why do you think the blindness community is so fragmented in its approach to advocacy and community activities?


Summary notes have been written and attached to this communication and are titled: Meeting Notes – #1 Final 2016Oct29.docx


Second Meeting Questions, March 4, 2017:


  1. How should service and advocacy organizations be transparent and accountable to the community?
  2. How do we engage individuals and organizations in the blindness community concerning our needs and rights in the broader Canadian Society?
  3. What specific actions can individuals and organizations take to promote transparency, integrity, accountability and respect?
  4. What should be included in Rules of Engagement that will govern ongoing collaboration in the blindness community?


Summary notes have been written and attached to this communication and are titled: Meeting Notes – #2 – Final 2017Mar04.docx




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