cbm Unveils New Sign and Logo in Celebration of 100 years



    TORONTO, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - In celebration of its 100th worldwide
anniversary, Hon. Lui Temelkovski, MP for Oak Ridges-Markham helped unveil a
new sign and logo at cbm's Canadian headquarters in Stouffville: cbm together
we can do more.
    Formerly known as Christian Blind Mission International, cbm Canada
hosted a well-attended kick-off luncheon with invited guests and media.
    "As cbm approached our 100th anniversary, we as a worldwide family looked
at where we had been and what lessons we had learned. Where could we have the
most impact?" said Dave McComiskey, Executive Director of cbm Canada.
    Every year, cbm helps over 18 million people, restoring sight to over
600,000 people, and is active in over 100 countries with over 1,000 ongoing
local projects.
    "As we studied the world around us, we soon saw that what we were doing
was only a proverbial drop in the bucket...half a billion people are still
living in dire poverty caused in large part by their disability," said
McComiskey.
    Solidly committed to helping all people trapped in poverty by disability,
cbm's new image reflects its new vision of a common global identity with its
10 member associations, demonstrating that its mandate is more than blindness.
    "Most importantly our plan calls for us to be advocates for the people we
serve. To invite governments, world institutions, and other organizations
concerned about poverty and millennium development goals to include the 10 to
20% of the population they're now neglecting - people with disabilities - into
their plans. Our goal is to let the world know that we'll never make poverty
history unless the issue of disability and poverty is part of every
development effort," says McComiskey.
    cbm's new tagline, together we can do more, is an acknowledgement that
500 million people are struggling to survive poverty and disability. And
because they are being denied basic human rights, people are dying.
    "We want to double our income and our impact over the next 5 years," says
McComiskey. "With the need of a half billion people with disabilities in front
of us, we are committed with all our being to making increased income a
reality."
    cbm appreciates the congratulatory letters of the Right Hon. Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, Hon. Lui Temelkovski, MP for Oak Ridges-Markham,
Premier Dalton McGuinty and Dr. Helena Jaszek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
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For further information: Lindsay O'Connor, cbm National Media & Public
Relations Manager, (905) 640-6464 ext 289, loconnor@cbmicanada.org

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