Vision Mate


CNIB Foundation


Various in ON


Any day

Flexible hours


1 year or more

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Healthcare & Well-Being

Adult (18+)


Skills you would develop

  • Communication

  • Organization

  • Time management

  • Customer service

Ideal for

  • University/College students

  • Professionals

  • Retirees


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Jeff deViller

(902) 456-5982


6136 Almon St, Halifax, NS B3K 1T8, Canada

About the position

Vision Mates are trained, sighted volunteers who are matched one-on-one with a person with vision loss. 

You effectively act like the person's eyes; observing and describing what is required to empower the person to accomplish the tasks at hand for a couple of hours a week. 

Things you commonly help with include reading, organizing, going for walks, running errands, and providing companionship.


  • Trustworthy, patient, empathetic and friendly.

  • Must be reliable, patient, responsible, friendly, oganized and able to work with minimal supervision.

  • Excellent communication skills.

  • A thorough background check including a Clear Police Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Check.

  • Must be 19 or older.

  • We ask for a six-month commitment to the program.

  • CNIB provides orientation about CNIB, the people we help, vision loss, and volunteering at CNIB, as well as training specific to the position.

  • Training specific to the position, including: working as a Vision Mate and what to do when problems arise.

  • The volunteer is expected to work a minimum of 2 hours a week.

About the organization

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing 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.


  • Make a difference for people who are blind or partially sighted; provide sighted assistance and companionship to a person in your community who is blind or partially sighted.

  • Develop or use experience and skills in client service.

  • Be part of a dedicated and passionate staff and volunteer team working to further CNIB’s mission.

  • Reference or confirmation of hours upon request, after 3 months’ successful participation as a volunteer.

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