Dear Program Participants, Staff, Board of Directors, Stakeholders,
The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is a Canadian grassroots
non-profit service organization founded and run by blind people. In 2011,
the center began providing services and programs based on a positive
philosophy of blindness; with a mission, "for blind people to empower
blind people to be employed, independent and free."
Board of Directors
The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind is excited to announce that we
have three new members to our Board of Directors. Welcome Jen Goulden,
Miles Motture and Gus Thorne to the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind
team! We wish to also acknowledge and thank our long-term board members;
Heidi Propp, Renee West and Gail Copp for their continued service to the
Pacific Training Centre. Please follow our future updates to learn more
about each of the members on our Board of Directors.
Programs and Services
As many of you may know, the Pacific Training Center for the Blind has
begun rolling out its Blind People In Charge program. For those
unfamiliar with this aspect of our services; this program is a
demonstration project funded by a grant we received from the Disability
Without Poverty Network and the Ministry of Social Development. Though
the grant specifically focuses on people who are receiving the PWD
benefit, all blind and visually impaired people are welcome to
participate in this program.
Currently the Blind People In Charge program is operational within the
regions of Victoria and Nanaimo. Facilitators of this program are blind.
The curriculum of this program is designed to address the service gaps in
providing employment readiness, independence and non-visual skills to
blind working-aged adults. The Blind People in Charge program is delivered
in a group format and focuses on a collaborative, positive, and empowering
/ problem-solving approach to blindness. Throughout this program,
participants ad facilitators work together to identify solutions and
techniques to promote successful independence and access to employment.
The Blind People in Charge program is delivered in Victoria every Tuesday
and Wednesday from 9:00am -4:00pm, at the 1st Douglas Scouts Hall, 3266
Glasgow Ave. In conjunction, this program operates in Nanaimo every
Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the 7-10 Club, 285 Prideaux
The Blind People in Charge program is actively seeking new participants
and accepts intakes on an ongoing basis. If you would like to learn more
about the Blind People in Charge programs please feel free to contact us
at any time. :
Victoria Facilitator, Elizabeth Lalonde, 250-590-9048 or email at,
Nanaimo Facilitator, Ashley Charlton, 250-816-5314 or
In other news, the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind has expanded its
services and is now accepting contracts to provide blindness skills and
technology training to blind individuals in British Columbia.
We are excited to welcome Ashley Charlton to our staff. Ashley will be the
Blind People In Charge Program facilitator for Nanaimo and will also be
assisting with the program in Victoria.
Charitable Status and Fundraising Goals
We are excited to announce that we have received our registered charity
status. Therefore, any donations over a $20.00 value received following
December 17th, 2013 will receive a tax-receipt. In the meantime, the Pacific Training Centre for
the Blind is seeking monetary donations to alleviate our operational costs and to assist us
in purchasing program materials. Donations can be made Online, to do so
please visit our website: www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca to make donations
via Paypal or credit card. If you are donating via Cheque, please make out
cheques to the, "Pacific Training Centre for the Blind." Cheques should be
mailed to: The Pacific Training Centre for the Blind, 1355 Topaz Ave.,
Victoria, BC, Canada, V8T 4Z2. Thank you for supporting our mission "for blind people to empower blind people to be employed, independent and free."
Elizabeth Lalonde, Executive Director
Pacific Training Centre for the Blind
Phone: (250) 590-9048
Please visit our website www.pacifictrainingcentre.ca