CNIB Lake Joe recently marked its 60th anniversary with a unique anniversary gift.
Yesterday, the camp hosted a special ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony with a number of special guests including members local dignitaries, athletes and members of the Synthetic Turf Council.
CNIB Lake Joe, Canada’s only fully accessible camp for people who are blind or partially sighted, was selected by the US-based Synthetic Turf Council for their annual Community Service Project. Members of the STC donated a brand new, fully accessible synthetic turf soccer field and mini-golf course. According to the CNIB, having fully accessible sports and recreation programming means that kids and adults of all ages can experience the social, emotional and physical benefits of participating in sporting activities, realize their potential, and learn how to get involved in or advocate for adaptive sports in their own communities.
CNIB Lake Joe is the very first Canadian organization to be selected
Celebrating its 60th Anniversary, CNIB Lake Joe has been providing enriching camp experiences for Canadians with sight loss – where children are encouraged to shine, youth are empowered to thrive, and “kids of all ages” enjoy recreational pursuits.
The 2021 STC Community Service Project at CNIB Lake Joe is the fifth synthetic turf athletic field to be donated to a charitable organization by the STC through the generosity of its members.
In addition to local dignitaries, Friday’s celebration also included special guest Diane Bergeron, a blind endurance athlete who has competed in many marathons – including an Ironman competition and the Canadian Death Race. She shared her unique insight into the importance of adaptive sport for people with sight loss of all ages.
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