TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - CNIB announced the appointment of Jane
Beaumont as its new national board chair and launched its new official
organizational tagline at the charity's 93rd annual general meeting on
A member of the national board since 2005, Ms. Beaumont served as the
chair of the program and services committee. She is active on a
national working group to promote and implement the Initiative for
Equitable Library Access, a partnership involving all levels of
government, public libraries and CNIB as key stakeholders.
"Ms. Beaumont brings a wealth of knowledge to her new post, including an
extensive background in accessible libraries and core service
delivery," says CNIB's President and CEO John Rafferty. We couldn't be
CNIB's new tagline, 'Seeing beyond vision loss' encompasses all that the
charity does to serve Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. In
the next 20 years, the number of people with significant vision loss is
expected to double from 876,000 to 1.5 million.
"CNIB's goal is to create a better Canada - one in which every Canadian
has free access to the information and resources they need to prevent
avoidable eye disease, and the quality rehabilitation services they'll
need if they should ever lose their sight," says Ms. Beaumont. "We're
committed to creating a more inclusive society for people with vision
loss and challenging misconceptions of what it means to be blind or
Less than 35 per cent of CNIB's total funding comes from government
sources; the charity relies on public donations to help it to be there
for everyone who needs its services.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based
support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are
blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and
opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.
For further information:
Sarah Snowdon, Specialist, Corporate Communications