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Blog - March 2014

President's Report - March 20th, 2014

Hello, AEBC!

It's March. We're a little over a month away from the conference and annual general meeting in Ottawa, this April 25th to 27th. Check out http://www.blindcanadians.ca/programs/conf/2014 for all the details, including the registration form.

Are you interested in running for the board? Pursuant to s. 28.4 of our bylaws, "the 1st Vice-President, Treasurer, and one Director Without Portfolio shall be elected during even numbered years." However, over the course of the last year, Dar Wournell (our secretary) resigned and Jennifer Jesso was appointed to fill her position. Under s. 32.3 of the Bylaws, that appointment is effective only until the next membership meeting, and therefore, the position of Secretary will also need to be elected.

Aqua Boot Camp

I had my biennial physical in October. It’s always a little amusing when I do this. Remember, small town. My family doctor is a family friend. I play bridge with his wife. His children are friends with my children. One of his daughters, son-in-law and 4 grandchildren live 2 doors down from my son and daughter-in-law. I did medical transcription at that clinic for about ten years and I know all the staff, I usually go out for lunch with the women in the business office at least once a month. And his office is in the clinic where my ex has an office. Again - small town! Anyways, everything is great but I have some loss of bone density. He suggested I take vitamin D and Calcium which I started. I thought some additional exercise might be beneficial as well.

T-Base's Tweet-a-Tree Program

I wanted to let you know about an amazing environmental program recently launched by a company that’s near and dear to my heart, T-Base Communications. For those who know me well, you’ll know that I founded T-Base on the premise of not being able to access my financial and government documents in a format and timeline I needed to manage my affairs. Since that time, I have semi-retired and now advocate on issues related to accessible information and communication technology. T-Base’s role has also evolved over the years, continuing to provide accessible formats for North America’s largest telecom, educational and financial institutions.

Where Have All the Advocates Gone???

When the NFB:AE, now the AEBC was founded, the blind community was full of advocacy. Admittedly, that was at a different time and place, when we lacked the equal rights legislation that has been achieved; lacked equality in the world of work (which we still lack); and were promised that technology would be the big equalizer (which it has been for some and a new barrier for others).

Today, despite the achievement of equal rights legislation, we still face numerous old barriers as well as the introduction of some new ones.

Sunday Dinner

Sunday dinner

In my past life, I always hosted family dinner on Sunday. Yesterday, I hosted family dinner a la new Cindy. My daughter, son in law, grand daughter, son, daughter in law and a friend joined me. It was an absolutely lovely day.

My children are budget conscious, so I wanted to do a very special dinner. My friend buys half a beef from the butcher and offered to provide the roast. He popped in Saturday morning on his way to work with two roasts. One was a rump, the other a sirloin tip. The rump went in my left hand, the sirloin tip in my right - I like to sort things alphabetically (my liquor cabinet is organized the same way- Cherry Whiskey for one of the bridge ladies on the left and vodka on the far right).

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