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Much of the work that the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians does is done through our national committees. These are groups of members who formulate and implement plans to reach the organization's objectives. Each committee has a chair, and any number of additional members. Normally, a minimum of one member of the Board of Directors will participate in committee meetings, though they may not necessarily chair the committee. If you are interested in joining a committee, reach out using the form on our contact page. Below is a list of our current national committees.

Advocacy and Outreach Committee

Committed to action, this committee works on any advocacy matter regarding blind, deafblind, and partially sighted Canadians involving any level of government in Canada, companies, corporations and NGOs. The committee determines its priorities through referrals by AEBC members, responding to resolutions at the annual general meeting or board of directors, and taking any cue from events that happened in the public sphere. Actions taken include, letters to any and every level of government or elected official, coordinating with partners in the disability space, creating or commenting on standards as they move through the draft, formalization, legislative, and finally becoming law. We influence public opinion through social media, national print and broadcast organizations, letter writing campaigns, direct contact with corporations, and any other way we can think of.

Bylaws and Governance Committee

This committee reviews bylaws and resolutions as well as recommends new policies where needed. The Board is always assured that the rules are followed and members are informed on their rights and responsibilities. The code of conduct is overseen by this committee and any disagreements are first reviewed here.

Communications Committee

The overarching work of the Communications Committee is to develop and review the AEBC communication plan to ensure a comprehensive back and forth flow of information between AEBC and its members and to outside sources, through the various media we have at our disposal.

The Equalizer Committee

The Equalizer is our signature, public-facing newsletter which features timely news, advocacy items, and member articles. It is currently published monthly and distributed by email. Have you ever wanted to work on a newspaper, magazine, or any other written communication? Do you like to edit articles? Do you like to write? If any of this appeals, come help produce our organization's main newsletter.

Fundraising Committee

Our funds come from a number of sources including memberships, donations, CanadaHelps campaigns, grants and sponsorships.  We follow an annual calendar of grant opportunities, creating proposals and ensuring criteria are met. New ideas are always welcome. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm and commitment.

Information Technology Committee

This committee advises on everything technical including our website, database, document collaboration and storage, online meetings, and other infrastructure systems. Members also provide or facilitate one-on-one mentoring and hosting instructional technology sessions. Its purpose is to provide general technical support and training to AEBC and its members in order to ensure full participation in the work and activities of the organization.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of AEBC's annual scholarship program. The program solicits student applicants through an application process. We give out several scholarships in amounts ranging from $500 to $2000. The scholarships are funded by several generous sponsors, as well as fundraising events at the National and Chapter level.

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