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​Launch of World Sight Day 2012

October 2, 2012
On October 2, 2012 World Sight Day was launched on Parliament Hill hosted by The Honourable Elizabeth Marshall, Senator, Paul Calandra, MP for Oak Ridges – Markham, Costas Menegakis, MP for Richmond Hill and John Rafferty, Chair of VISION 2020 Canada and President and CEO of CNIB. The event was attended by a variety of Senators, MPs, Ambassdors and members of VISION 2020 Canada who came together to focus on the state of our vision health at home and abroad.

October 4, 2011​
On October 4, 2011 The Honourable Consiglio Di Nino, Senator and Paul Calandra, MP for Oak Ridges – Markham hosted the launch of World Sight Day 2011 on Parliament Hill.

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World Sight Day is an international day of awareness, held annually on the second Thursday of October to focus attention on the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.​

Diabetes Awareness Month

November 2011
More than nine million Canadians live with diabetes or pre diabetes, a condition that, if left unchecked, carries the risk of developing into type 2 diabetes. More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day, which can lead to serious complications including: heart attack or stroke, depression, and blindness. In recognition of November as Diabetes Awareness Month, the Canadian Diabetes Association is asking individuals to visit to see the stories of incredible volunteers, sponsors, members, partners, researchers and supporters – who are living healthy with diabetes, advocating for the cause and breaking ground towards a cure. For more information, visit

ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital Canada Goodwill Visit

July 14th and 15th, 2011

The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital will be open for scheduled tours on July 14th and 15th at Landmark Aviation at the Vancouver International Airport. Guests will have a first-hand opportunity to tour the DC-10 aircraft and learn more about how ORBIS prevents blindness and transforms lives. To learn more, please visit

CNIB Vision Health Month

May 2011
Every 12 minutes, someone in Canada starts to lose his/her vision. Yet, 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable. This May 2011 marks CNIB’s second annual Vision Health Month to promote eye health, build awareness among Canadians on how to protect their sight and raise funds for CNIB’s practical services for people who are blind or partially sighted. For more information, visit

CNIB Shades of Fun Day

May 26, 2011
Celebrated during Vision Health Month, CNIB Shades of Fun Day is a great way for Canadians to help raise awareness about the importance of eye health and show support for CNIB. All you need to do is wear your favourite sunglasses on May 26, raise funds to support vital CNIB services and have a great time doing it. For more information, visit

World Glaucoma Awareness Week

March 6, 2011
Glaucoma is a worldwide epidemiological challenge affecting approximately four percent of the global population with an estimated 50 per cent of glaucoma cases remaining undiagnosed. World Glaucoma Week seeks to raise awareness of this eye condition, which is also known as the “silent thief of sight” due to its lack of warning signs.
World Glaucoma Week will run from 6–12 March 2011. Canadians will be encouraged during the week to undertake an eye test, as early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are paramount in saving vision from glaucoma.

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World Sight Day Coalition Establishes Vision 2020 Canada CNIB to Lead Canadian Arm of Global Right to Sight Initiative

September 29, 2010
Canada’s World Sight Day Coalition is pleased to announce it has formally established itself as VISION 2020 Canada with John Rafferty, President and CEO of CNIB, as its inaugural chairperson. Vision 2020 Canada will join other countries around the world in a united effort to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020. Continue Reading this article.


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