GTT Nanaimo Meeting Invitation, General Tech Discussion, October 27, 2018

Get Together with Technology (GTT) Nanaimo


Sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind 

Vancouver Island Regional Library, and 

No Obstacles for the Vision Impaired (NOVI)


Please share this announcement widely to anyone you think will benefit from our collective knowledge.  


Theme: General Assistive Tech Discussion 


VIRL Downtown Branch, 90 Commercial St Nanaimo 


October 27, 2018


10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

First Hour:

Albert Ruel will facilitat6e a general discussion about any assistive technology people want to talk about, share or grumble over.  

Second Hour:

During the second hour we will continue discussing anything participants want to bring up in the area of assistive technology, like “things to do” with Google Home and the potential of hosting a beginner’s Braille Course in Nanaimo.  Bring to the meeting all your other assistive technology questions, nuggets and frustrations for discussion with the group.  

To RSVP, or for more information: Contact Albert Ruel at 250-240-2343, or 

Check for other meetings on the GTTProgram Blog:



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.  


ü 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 morningmeetings 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 GTTWest@CCBNational.nett



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