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Have You Heard About This Valuable Resource in Lethbridge?

The Lethbridge Association of the Blind (LAB) is a valuable resource in Lethbridge for blind and visually impaired persons residing in Southern Alberta.

Have you heard about them?

 

LAB is a not for profit organization the was set up to provide social and recreational activities for blind or visually impaired people in the Lethbridge area. These activities give blind and visually impaired individuals the opportunity to meet other persons with similar problems, help them to deal with their vision loss and help each of us to develop a positive attitude towards our visual impairment.

While Linda and I have been getting out into the community and working with our clients, we have noticed that there is a percentage that do have visual impairment and many of you HAVE NOT   heard  about LAB and the services they can provide for you.

Monthly Dinners and Barbecues:

September is almost here.  LAB does offer monthly get together throughout the year to give members the opportunity to get out and meet other individuals.  They arrange a wonderful meal and entertainment.  LAB also offers transportation to get you there and home again (but if they can’t, you can certainly call on us).

The LAB dinners are generally held the last Thursday of every month.

Bowling:

LAB operates a Five Pin Bowling League at the Holiday Bowl.  They bowl every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. and transportation to and from the Holiday Bowl is provided (or again, call Sunshine to help transport you there). The cost is $120.00 per year to the bowler.  All other fees are subsidized from donations made to our organization from
Lions Clubs. All visually impaired individuals are welcome to join in.

Entertainment:

As a group LAB attends theatre presentations, concerts, museums tours and more.

If you would like to learn more about the Lethbridge Association of the Blind, you can contact Bill  or Lynda Brown directly for information at: (403) 942-1677, or email them at: brownwj@shaw.ca

Please take time to check out this valuable community resource 🙂

 

 

With Warmth and Respect,

Linda and Heather

Recycle Your Old Prescription Glasses: We Will Pick Them Up In Loving Memory of Ed Theriau

I write this post with a heavy heart.  July was a month filled with sorrow for us at Sunshine Senior Services.

On July 9, 2017 at the age of 81 years, Linda’s dad, Ed Theriau, passed away suddenly at Chinook Regional Hospital.

Ed was one of the kindest men I have had the great pleasure of knowing.  He was married to his loving wife Edith for 61 amazing years.  Ed and Edith had so much love, and it always filled my heart to see how they adored each other.  Ed had a gentle heart, was a great teacher to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  His family adored him and loved nothing more than spending time together as a family, laughing, loving and making so many good memories.

Ed battled with diabetes and because of his condition lost his vision in his later years.  He took it all in stride and never had a bitter heart because of it.

The CNIB was a group that Ed became very involved with and was an invaluable resource for him as he learned to manage his day to day life with his loss of vision.

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. Founded in 1918, they are entering their 100th year of operation – and celebrating a century of changing individual lives and society as a whole.

One of the programs that is run through the CNIB is the Lions Recycle For Sight.  They are looking to collect as many old prescription glasses as they possibly can.  The LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact.

Yesterday, Linda and I took all of our old prescription glasses down to the CNIB location for the Lions Recycle for Sight.  It was something that we have been meaning to do, but because these organizations were so important to Linda’s dad, we put it on a priority list to get it done.

As we were talking, Linda and I have decided that we want to help collect these glasses in memory of her Dad.  So while we are out and about driving,  we will be doing is picking up your old glasses and bringing them in to be recycled for you.  This service will be done in loving memory of Linda’s dad, Ed Theriau.

If you do have any old prescription glasses that are just hanging around your house, and you are unable to bring them in, please call or message and we would be happy to pick them up for you.  Let’s try and raise awareness and support the Lions Club International and this very valuable program.

 

With Warmth and Respect,

Heather and Linda