On October 14 2017, the Tele Town Hall organizing committee will continue its series of teleconference meetings as it hosts the third gathering, and the first of a series of 3 international presentations. For the next three Tele Town Hall meetings we will be introducing speakers to you from such places as New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, and the Caribbean.
To capture the international focus of these upcoming Tele Town Hall gatherings we have titled the Series, “Advocacy Without Borders”.
Series Name: Advocacy Without Borders
Date: October 14th (CDN) October 15 (Downunder)
Times: 12:00 noonPacific
1:00 pm Mountain
2:00 pm Central
3:00 pm Eastern
4:00 pm Atlantic
4:30 in Newfoundland
Moderator: Anthony Tibbs .
Ms. Martine Able-Williamson, Treasurer of the World Blind Union lives in New Zealand, and she brings to our Ttown Hall discussions a wealth of international experience. Ms. Able-Williamson’s outstanding knowledge of disability advocacy (not just blindness advocacy), is renowned by all those who know, and have worked with her. Martine understands the struggle of blind and disabled people to achieve full inclusion in society throughout the world. She has a significant, diverse network of contacts both in New Zealand and internationally. As one of New Zealand’s two delegates, Martine has worked hard to develop outstanding knowledge of the Asia Pacific Region of the World Blind Union, and beyond. As a result, she has learnt so much more about the differences in many different developed, and developing countries.
Frances (Fran) Cutler is a retired CBC journalist and Producer who has lived with low vision all her life due to Stargart’s Disease. In retirement she lives in Australia for 6 months of their summer and Ottawa for 6 months of Canadian summer, therefore she receives blindness related rehabilitation and support services on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
In 2013 Fran was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. See more at:
This Tele Town Hall meeting is being jointly sponsored by the following:
The Tele Town Hall organizing committee
(Donna Jodhan, Robin East, Anthony Tibbs, Albert Ruel, Pat Seed, Louise Gillis, Paul Edwards, Jane Blaine, Melanie Marsden, Kim Kilpatrick, and Leo Bissonnette).
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB)/Get together with technology (GTT), Citizens with Disabilities of Ontario (CWDO).
The objective of this Tele Town Hall meeting is to give participants an opportunity to hear how consumer advocacy and rehabilitation services are carried out in New Zealand and Austrailia, and to give them a chance to ask questions of our guest speakers. Subsequent Tele Town Hall meetings will be similar in format to this one.
It is our hope that participants will be able to use the information presented to consider a possible platform for the development of our own made in Canada advocacy initiative.
This Tele Town Hall is not meant to be used as any sort of decision making mechanism but rather as an open forum for constructive discussion.
If you wish to participate, please send an email to the committee at:
You will receive an email confirming your registration immediately, then during the week of Oct 09 you will receive an email with details of the call in info along with the rules of engagement.
Registration will close at noon Eastern on Oct 12.
We will be posting additional announcements in the coming days.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Donna Jodhan, Robin East, Anthony Tibbs, Albert Ruel, Pat Seed, Louise Gillis, Paul Edwards, Jane Blaine, Melanie Marsden, Kim Kilpatrick, and Leo Bissonnette