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Lower Mainland Chapter Organized in Vancouver

On Sunday, October 1st, thirteen was a lucky number for the blind of the Vancouver area. That is the number of people who gathered at the home of Maureen Martin to found the Lower Mainland chapter of the NFB:AE.

Maureen welcomed everyone and turned the meeting over to National President, Paul Gabias who answered questions about the organization. Those who were already a part of the Federation talked about the impact it had had on their lives. Newcomers spoke eloquently of the problems we need to address as a community. Everyone agreed that unemployment is one of our most serious issues. It is also clear that government policymakers need to be educated about the abilities of blind people and our unique need for training programs and enhanced opportunities.

Everyone agreed that a chapter of the NFB:AE was needed in the Lower Mainland. The following officers were elected to lead the chapter:

The chapter will meet on the last Saturday of each month at the NFB:AE Public Education Division office at 905 West Pender, 2nd Floor.