CCB-GTT Weekly Meetings for White Cane Week, February 7 to February 13, 2021 via Zoom

You are invited to the CCB’s GTT Zoom meetings where we focus in on the technology needs and concerns of Canadians who are blind or low vision.  The calls will take place over the accessible Zoom Conference system, which will allow participants to dial in using their landline phones, smart phones, or computers.  You will find the Zoom link and phone numbers below the meeting listings. Please pay special attention to the “(NOTE)” notation after some of the meeting listings. Different zoom platforms are used for different meetings and some require preregistration.


Monday, February 8, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, although we are open to all tech topics on this call, since it is White Cane Week, a possible topic is: How has technology changed your mobility?


Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Sam Moore

Join us on Zoom for a Special White Cane Week event! Bring a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy a virtual Fireside Chat on Mobility and Identity! Listen to our panel members as they discuss their views on the white cane, mobility and how it ties into who they are. This is an event for both new and long-time white cane users. Learn through the lived experience of our panellists, ask questions, and have fun.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, they are as follows, below applies to this meeting only.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 923 0039 7014

Passcode: 265534

For more into contact


Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

Host, Kim Kilpatrick,

Topic, In the first part of this series, we talked in general about podcasts, what they are, what platforms they are on, why you might want to explore them? In part two, I will go through two free apps for I devices, the native podcasts app and the overcast app.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern/4:00 PM Pacific:

Laurie Davidson (the Executive director of CELA library) and two of her staff will be joining our call to give us updates on CELA services and to answer any questions and take any feedback you might have for them.


Thursday, February 11, 2021, 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific:

Host, Nolan Jenikov

For individuals between the ages of 16 and 25ish.

(NOTE) The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, preregistration required. For more info contact Nolan at


Friday, February 12, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific:

host, David Greene,

Topic, Open discussion,

CCB Visionaries Virtual Expo Forum

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific:

For Discussion:

The question before the panel: “In its present form, is Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) adequately serving people living with vision loss?”


For the past 20 years, Ontarians with vision loss have been fortunate to have benefited from the ADP, which has partially funded some of the costs associated with their essential assistive devices. The technology revolution has impacted the lives of people living with vision loss to such a dramatic extent that there are very few activities that a person who is blind or partially-sighted cannot participate in today when equipped with the appropriate technology.


Dr. Keith Gordon is the Senior Research Officer of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) and the author of the CCB report “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Canadians Who Are Blind, Deaf-Blind, or Partially-Sighted,” published in April 2020. He is past Vice President of Research of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), where he directed all research activities. He’s also an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto and an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. Dr. Gordon is a board member of a number of national and international organizations associated with vision.


Ian White was born with congenital glaucoma. He grew up sighted, completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design in 1989. In 2001, Ian experienced sudden vision loss. In 2011, he co-founded a vision loss peer support group, guiding its transformation in 2013 into a chartered Chapter of the CCB, the CCB Toronto Visionaries. As Chapter President he created Experience Expo, Canada’s only exposition and consumer show for those living with vision loss, and has encouraged the creation of several new CCB Chapters. Ian is the recipient of the CCB’s 2019 Outstanding Achievement Award, and has been recognized by the CNIB and the Government of Ontario for his work as a volunteer community leader. In 2020, Ian completed an undergraduate degree with high distinction in Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

Mike Potvin has worked with the CCB both in a full- and part-time capacity since 2004. He is the Editor of the Visions newsletter as well as of White Cane Magazine. Mike works at Health Canada as a Senior Human Resources Assistant and has a degree in Sociology from Carleton University.

Samantha Moore is the Coordinator of Public Relations and Youth Programs at the CCB. She’s passionate about accessibility to technology and public spaces for everyone. Samantha believes that with the proper resources and technology, blind, low-vision, and deaf-blind youth can be extremely successful leaders.

Minette Samaroo is President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), Toronto Chapter. As the President of AEBC Toronto Chapter, Minette is actively advocating for social change for people with disabilities. One of the areas she focuses on is equitable employment. In 2019, Minette led the development and execution of the Disability Advantage Program. Minette is also the National Vice President of AEBC and the Project Lead for the current COVID-19 Relief Project for people with disabilities.

(NOTE), The meeting credentials are different for this meeting, Preregistration required via the following link,  Click here to register now

Security procedure remains in effect.

When you enter the waiting room before a meeting, please ensure that you give us a recognizable name. If you are calling for the first time or from a land line, please e-mail the CCB’s Receptionist, (Shelley Morris) ahead of time to let us know your name and number so we will let you in. Shelley’s email is

If you need help doing these things or learning to use zoom, please contact us and we can help you.


You can participate by phone or internet from wherever you are:

CCB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Meeting ID: 983 959 5688

Password: 320119

Alberta One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


BC One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Manitoba One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Montreal One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Toronto One tap mobile for Smart Phones:


Direct Dial:

Alberta: +1 587 328 1099

BC: +1 778 907 2071

Manitoba: +1 204 515 1268

Montreal: +1 438 809 7799

Toronto: +1 647 374 4685

For more information, contact:

Kim Kilpatrick, CCB GTT Coordinator

1-877-304-0968 Ext 513

David Greene, CCB GTT Accessibility Trainer

1-877-304-0968 Ext 509

Corry Stuive, CCB National Program Coordinator 

1-877-304-0968 Ext 550