The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is a membership-based not-for-profit organization that brings together Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or living with vision loss through chapters within their own local communities to share common interests and social activities.
CCB works to improve the quality of life for persons with vision loss through awareness, peer mentoring, socializing, sports, advocacy, health promotion and illness prevention.
Members participate as volunteers in the peer support, sports and recreation, book clubs, awareness, and educational activities of the CCB. Members manage the affairs of their own local chapters consistent with the National Canadian Council of the Blind and may be elected to executive functions locally, provincially and/or nationally. They serve on various committees at these levels as well as participating in many other community groups.
CCB chapter members may involve themselves at their own comfort level and may choose to learn new skills or sports, become involved in accessibility awareness, and educational activities or simply enjoy the company of others.
Membership provides inclusion, purpose, fellowship and social interaction with peers who understand and support each person’s unique strengths and abilities.
The CCB was founded in 1944 by blind Canadian war veterans and schools of the blind. The national office is located in Ottawa with over 70 chapters across Canada. The CCB is the largest membership based organization for the blind in Canada and is known as the Voice of the Blind™.
The CCB’s offers programs to assist people living with vision loss, increase accessibility in all areas of life and bring awareness of vision issues to the public and government.
Gateway Navigation's mission is grounded in two fundamental social objectives:
- make the world more accessible and inclusive for everyone
- accomplish our first objective by engaging and employing people with disabilities
Following these two social objectives. We are committed to enhancing independence for people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, inclusion and employment.
Audio based Navigation ABN is a rapidly emerging technology with the potential to revolutionize the way in which people who are blind, deaf-blind and visually impaird navigate unfamiliar or complex interior spaces. Just as adoption of GPS-based navigation apps as the default tool for exterior navigation, we believe provides insight into how indoor navigation can be used to create equal access of interior spaces for the over one and half million Canadians who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired.
Gateway Navigation CCC Limited is an unique social enterprise bringing together social innovation and for-profit sustainability. Founded in 2017 by individuals and organizations that share a lived-experience in disability and a passion to make a difference in their community. Our social and business objective is to create a more accessible and inclusive world through applying human centred design in the use of accessible ABN networks in interior and exterior spaces.
We apply a human centred approach in designing audio based navigation network solutions for people with disabilities. Living the principle nothing about us, without us.
Member and former Executive Director, Canadian Council of the Blind - CCB; member Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians - AEBC. An extensive media and audio production background, including being the proprietor of Majestic Sound Studio and former Bureau Manager with Accessible Media Inc. - AMI.
Coordinator Canadian Council of the Blind CCB, Getting Together with Technology GTT Program. Educating people who are blind, deaf-blind or visually impaired on the independence available through assistive technology. Albert has also worked as District Manager with the CNIB and served as National Equality Director with the Alliance for the Equality of Blind Canadians.
Editor Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine www.sabmagazine.com; instructor of the Bachelor of Architectural Science Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, BCIT; award winning author of several books on architecture; and international speaker leading professional development seminars for architects and designers.
Director, Compliance & Training Armour Group Inc // Premium Services Group Ontario, Canada. Senior Leader with a wealth of experience in Financial Services Compliance and Risk Management. Including 10-years with JP Morgan Chase as Vice President Operational Risk Management in Canada and 21-years with Sears Canada Financial as Manager Call Centre Operations across Canada. Tammy has a long history of working with the blind including her brother-in-law, David Brun Founder Gateway Navigation.
Sheila is a business and real estate lawyer, who helps her clients make pragmatic legal decisions that align with their personal and organizational values. Her core practice areas include commercial transactions, real estate and secured lending, and corporate structuring. In addition, Sheila advises a broad range of social enterprises, non-profits, and registered charities in respect of their social ventures and community economic development projects.
Co-founder, Director and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada www.buysocialcanada.com. Founding partner Social Enterprise Institute, SEI. www.socialenterpriseinstitute.ca; Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; and on the board of the Social Enterprise World Forum. Program Adjunct and an Instructor for the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.
Founder & Director
Founder Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd. Specialist designing indoor and outdoor audio based navigation networks. Drawing on my past experience as a small business owner, twenty-years with TD Canada Trust in the Branch Network and Pacific Regional Office and my authentic experience as a blind person both as an advocate and not-for-profit board member.. Provided me with the perspective, passion and resources to work with a dynamic team of like-minded colleagues and partners to enhance mobility, employment and social independence for blind and disabled persons. Join us in creating real change for all Canadians.
Community Contribution Company CCC Social Purpose Annual Report
July 14, 2017 to July 13, 2018
Our social objectives are to accelerate the adoption of accessible audio based navigation ABN networks for interior spaces. While promoting training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities in this rapidly developing technology sector.
To meet these objectives, the following steps have been taken:
- Incorporated in the Province of British Columbia as a Community. Contribution Company with equal emphasis on financial sustainability and social objectives
- The CCC incorporation structure require:
- minimum of 60% of profits to be reinvested in the company’s social objective or a CRA qualifying charity.
- minimum of three Directors on Board of Directors.
- disclosure in the annual CCC report of any employee receiving an income in excess of $70,000 annually.
- A memorandum of understanding agreement outlining the relationship between Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd and its equity partner the Canadian Council of the Blind CCB
- Two of the three Directors appointed are blind or visually impaired.
- Two advisors appointed to the Board of Directors from the CCB.
- Creation of a domain gnc3.com and website to act as a resource for accessible audio based navigation technology and to provide information on the company’s social objectives.
- Hosting two Presentations and interactive experiences. Promoting understanding and discussion with stakeholders on the benefits and challenges related to accessible audio based navigation networks. Summary: The above efforts would not have been possible without the volunteerism, financial support and commitment of the advisors, directors, partners and supporters of Gateway Navigation’s vision of accessibility, inclusion and employment.