Camp Bowen’s Fundraiser at Doc Morgan’s

Jessica, Peg and Alex are standing in front of the Camp Bowen banner. Jocelyn is sitting in front of Peg.

From left to right: Jessica, Peg, and Alex. Jocelyn is sitting in front of Peg.

On Saturday, we had our White Cane Week themed fundraiser at Doc Morgan’s on Bowen Island. Members of the community came out to join us for an evening of live jazz music from Bowen’s own talented Teun Schut Trio, a live auction, and a 50/50 draw. Our door prize, which was one of our new Camp Bowen mugs, was popular. It was lucky we had a second one for the auction. Our banner was on display for the first time.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us. We would also like to thank Doc Morgan’s for hosting us and providing meals for the band. We would furthermore like to thank the Ruddy Potato, Cocoa West Chocolatier, and the anonymous donors who generously donated items to our auction. We couldn’t do the work we do without your support.

Announcing the Camp Bowen Banner, Logo, and Tagline

The Camp Bowen Banner. On the left is the Camp Bowen logo, a stylized portrayal of the CP Rail dinner bell that hangs on the patio at the Bowen Island Lodge. On the right are the words 'Camp Bowen' in print followed by the same in Braille. Under that is a green stripe, followed by the tagline, 'Fostering Independence Through Friendship', followed by another green stripe, followed by the words 'The Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired, a Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind'. The banner colours are white, blue, and green.

Last summer, Camp Bowen brought a Showdown table to Bowfest on Bowen Island and allowed attendees of the fair to play Showdown games by donation. Showdown, a sport that can be described as a cross between table tennis and air hockey, was designed to be played blindfolded and is a popular game in some blindness circles. Players have to listen to the ball, which is filled with rice or a similar noise making substance and use paddles to direct the ball into their opponents goal. It was created right here in BC.

A generous member of the Bowen Island community, who wishes to remain anonymous, noticed that we didn’t have any advertising on our tent and decided to get in contact with us to see what they could do. After some back and forth discussion with the aforementioned community member, the team here at Camp Bowen, and a local designer, the Camp Bowen banner was born.

The Camp Bowen banner, pictured above, is the first time the Camp Bowen logo has seen widespread use. The logo, designed by Araceli Jurgensen and the Camp Bowen team, features a stylized portrayal of the CP Rail dinner bell that hangs on the patio of the Bowen Island Lodge and has served as a call to meals at camp for many years.

The release of the banner also marks the first time our organization’s tagline, developed by the team during the banner consultation process, will be making a public appearance. The tagline, which reads, “Fostering Independence Through Friendship”, was adopted by unanimous consent on December 3, 2016.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community member mentioned above for providing the backing and the designer for providing the expertise to produce the banner. We could not have completed the banner project without your help. Thank you!

The banner will be unveiled at Camp Bowen’s upcoming fundraiser at Doc Morgan’s this Saturday. If you still haven’t gotten tickets, you can still get them from Doc’s in advance or at the door. We’re also selling them online.

Camp Bowen Outside the General Store

Alex, Jessica, and Jocelyn are sitting at a table outside the General Store. On the table are a Sign, a Perkins Brailler, a stack of tickets, a stack of bookmarks, and a donation jar.

From left to right: Alex, Jessica, and Jocelyn

On Thursday and Saturday of last week, Jessica, Alex, and Jocelyn from here at Camp Bowen had a table at the Snug Cove General Store on Bowen Island. They were selling tickets for the upcoming Camp Bowen fundraiser at Doc Morgan’s this coming Saturday. They were also Brailling names onto bookmarks by donation.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support us and say hi. We would also like to thank the Snug Cove General Store and its staff for letting us setup outside the store and for all of their help.

If you haven’t had a chance to purchase tickets for our fundraiser, they can be purchased from Doc’s in advance of the event or at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online.

A Visit to Bowen Island Community School

Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex are sitting behind a table in a classroom. On the table are Braille books, a green cloth bag, a Brailler, an iPhone, a bag of cards, a BrailleNote in its case, 2 slates and styluses, a MacBook Pro, and Braille paper. Zandra is to the right of Alex.

From left to right: Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex

Last Thursday, our own Alex, Jessica and Jocelyn went to Bowen Island Community School to talk to kids about blindness. This White Cane Week themed event was originally supposed to take place on Thursday, February 9 but got postponed due to bad weather.

Alex, Jessica and Jocelyn spoke to more than 50 students in grades 4 and 5 about Braille, assistive technology, and mobility. Students got to learn about the Braille alphabet, Braille books, the Perkins Brailler, Braille notetakers, the iPhone’s accessibility features, white cane travel, and guide dogs, among other things. Alex brought his guide dog, Zandra, who was a big hit. All in all, the day was a huge success.

We give a huge thank you to Bowen Island Community School for the opportunity to speak to your students. Thank you to the staff and students for your enthusiasm and openness. We look forward to coming back next year and talking to even more classes.

Save the Dates – July 31-August 4, 2017: Adult Retreat (Ages 19+) at Bowen Island Lodge

Hello, Everyone,

Yes, after all the wintry weather we’ve had, The Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired is now plotting our course toward times of warmer weather and planning our adult retreat for ages 19+ this summer at Bowen island Lodge. We have set the dates for the retreat to be from Monday July 31st through Friday August 4.

Once we have obtained the pricing package for the time, we will send out a further notice with more information.

I’m sure that those of you who attended the retreat in 2016 will agree it was a real success. We look forward to building on that success and hope to have an even larger group joining us this year.

So stay tuned as our plans move forward.

Warm regards,

The Camp Bowen Team

Our New Street Signs

Those of you on Bowen Island who have headed down Cardena at Bowen trunk Road may have noticed two new signs. Those signs were put in to replace the sign that used to sit further up the road and cautioned drivers of the presence of blind and partially sighted pedestrians.

On behalf of all of us at the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired, we would like to thank Bob Robinson, Sue Ellen Fast, the Public Works team, the Bowen Island Municipality, and everyone else involved with the implementing of the new signs posted for our organization on Cardena. We appreciate the hard work everyone at the municipality has put in to ensure the safety of our staff and program participants.

White Cane Week 2017

White Cane Week is February 5-11 and we at Camp Bowen are looking forward to connecting with members of the community. This year, we are involved with three White Cane Week events.

Firstly, we will have a table at the 6th annual White Cane Week event held at Park Royal Shopping centre in North Vancouver. The event will be taking place on February 7 from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM. Make sure to come say hi and learn more about our programs. Everyone who attends the event will be entered into a draw for a $100 mall gift card.

Secondly, we will be visiting with school children on Bowen Island on February 9 to talk about living with a visual impairment. We will be discussing topics such as Braille, technology, service dogs, and cane travel, as well as having a Q&A session.

Last but certainly not least, we will be holding a White Cane Week themed event and fundraiser at Doc Morgan’s Pub and Grill on Bowen Island on March 11. Come join us for a fun evening of live music and food. There will be an auction, a 50/50 draw, and a door prize, with proceeds supporting our adult, child, and youth camp programs. Doors open at 5:30 PM.

The Camp Bowen Team

This #GivingTuesday, Ensure Camps for the Visually Impaired Can Continue!

Dear Community,

This #GivingTuesday, we desperately need your help!

Please note: In the spirit of #GivingTuesday, which is to harness social media for change, be sure to share this post, even if you are unable to make a donation.

We are the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired, a Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind and the non-profit that took over the visually impaired summer camp programs on Bowen Island, BC from CNIB in late 2010. Last year, we were unable to hold child and youth programs because of a funding shortfall. The only reason the adult program was able to run was because several adults were able to help cover the program costs. This was helped by the fact that the adult program has a smaller overhead because it does not require as many resources to run.

We need your help to ensure this valuable program continues. Program costs have risen dramatically and Many of the families we serve often face disability-related expenses, leaving limited income for recreational activities.

Next year, we plan to run child, youth and adult programs, open to all Canadians, and we can only do it with your help.

Please donate to our fundraiser on Canada Helps and help our campers be able to continue to call Camp Bowen their second home. We are in desperate need of donations ahead of the December 31, 2016 deadline for the fundraiser. Whether you can help with one dollar or more, every donation is greatly appreciated.

To donate, visit our fundraising page on Canada Helps

For more information about Camp Bowen or the fundraiser, please visit or call +1 (844) MYBOWEN (692-6936).

Thanks in advance for your support.

Warm regards,

The Camp Bowen Team

2016 AGM Announcement

Update: If you can’t be at the meeting in person, you can participate by calling +1 (844) MYBOWEN (692-6936) and pressing 6.

Hi everyone,

This is an official notice of the CCB Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired Chapter’s annual general meeting.

As required by the Society Act of British Columbia, and in accordance with the CCB BC-Yukon Division bylaws, this is the official announcement for the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the CCB Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired Chapter.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.

Where: 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC

Our AGM will be held in the Adult Program Room at the Tommy Douglas branch of the Burnaby Public Library. The library is located on the north side of Kingsway, just west of Edmonds Street. Take the Expo line to Edmonds station, or take the 106 or 129 bus. Free parking is available underground. Enter the parking garage off Arcola Street, which is off Walker Street.

The purpose of our AGM is to review the activities of the last year, pass any necessary major resolutions, and elect a new Board of Directors for the coming term.

Please consider joining the Board or one of our committees. We have many projects planned for the coming year and could use your assistance.

You must have a currently valid paid membership with a CCB chapter ($10) to vote for the directors and on any resolutions, but memberships will be on sale before the meeting starts.

So mark your calendar, and try and attend. We’re looking forward to a good turnout.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer but can’t attend, call us at +1 (844) MYBOWEN (692-6936). Alternatively, you can send us an email through our contact page.

Thank you for your participation,

The Camp Bowen Team

Adult Camp 2016 Sing-Along – Good Night Irene

Our sing-along ended with “Good Night Irene”.