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VIEWS for the Visually Impaired AGM


Views for the Visually Impaired    

3225 River Rock Ave, Nepean, ON K2J 0T4

www.viewson.ca  Twitter: @Views_Ontario

Email: contact@viewson.ca

Notice of Annual General Meeting



To: All Members of Views fore the Visually Impaired

From: the Board of Directors of Views for the Visually Impaired

Date: April 29, 2019

Re: Slate of Proposed Members of the Board of Directors for Views for the Visually Impaired for the May 4, 2019 Annual General Meeting


We are looking forward to the upcoming Views Annual General Meeting taking place this Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CNIB Headquarters at 1929 Bayview Avenue in Toronto. For details about the Annual General Meeting, please check out our Notice of Meeting which is on the Views website at https://viewson.ca/please-join-views-for-the-visually-impaired/


At this meeting, the Views membership will get to vote on who will serve on the next Views board of directors, and who will be the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The Views board has recruited an excellent slate, set out below, and recommends that the Views membership vote for this slate at the Annual General Meeting. We thank all these individuals for their willingness to volunteer to serve on the Views board.  An opportunity to nominate others for the board positions will be provided at the Annual General Meeting to the extent permitted by the Views bylaws.


As the notice of meeting explains, Views members present at the Annual General Meeting can vote in person. Views members who are not present, can take part by telephone. Dial=-in instructions are set out in the notice of meeting. The notice of meeting also explains what a Views member who is not present in person at the meeting can send in a proxy to authorize someone else to vote in their place. Again, the notice of meeting is available at https://viewson.ca/please-join-views-for-the-visually-impaired/


Under the Views bylaws, a board member cannot serve for more than 6 consecutive years. Board members must be equally divided, one third to serve 1 year, one third to serve 2 years, and one third to serve 3 years. The number of years that a nominee is to serve is identified here.


  1. Proposed President: Claudine Santos 2 years. (Active member)

Claudine Santos is the current Views president, parent and advisor to a Senator in the Senate of Canada.


  1. Proposed Vice President: Reena Jain (3 years (active)

Reena is a parent of a child with cortical visual impairment, and her son also has cerebral palsy. She is also an educator at the elementary school level.


  1. Proposed Treasurer: Mahdi Hussein (3 years) (Associate member)

Mahdi Hussein is a lawyer practicing in Ontario. He is the brother of a person with vision loss.


  1. Proposed secretary: Vaughan Cook (2 years) (associate member)

Vaughan Cook is a Knowledge Expert for Shaw Direct Satellite, and a current member of the Views board of directors. He also is a co-coordinator of the Views summer Music Camp program.


  1. Proposed board member: David Lepofsky (1 year) (Active member)

David Lepofsky is a person with vision loss, a parent, and a Views board member responsible for advocacy and government relations. He represents Views on the Toronto District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee and was the chair of that SEAC from January 2016 to January 2018.


  1. Proposed board member: Andrea Haefele (3 years) (active member)


Andrea Haefele is a parent and a teacher with specialized knowledge in the area of special education.


  1. Proposed board member: Helen McRobbie (1 year) (active member)

Helen McRobbie is a parent and a current Views board member. She represents Views on the Ottawa District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee and serves as chair of that SEAC.


  1. Proposed Board member: Blair Spry (2 years) (active member)

Blair Spry is a person with vision loss, an occasional teacher at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, and a current Views board member. He is a co-coordinator of the Views summer Music Camp.


9 Proposed board member: Heather Vickers (1 year) (active member)

Heather Vickers is a parent and an active volunteer in her community. She is past co-chair of the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee of the Toronto District School Board.


  1. Proposed board member: Jeffrey Rainey (1 year) (active member)

Jeffrey Rainey is a person with vision loss, an audio engineer, a current Views board member, and the board’s interim secretary.


  1. Proposed board member: Wes McDonald (3 years) (active)

Wes McDonald is apparent and works in the telecommunications field. He has represented Views on the Peel District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee or the past 15 years.


  1. Proposed board member: Tina Morra (3 years) (active)


Tina Morra is a parent and represents Views on the York Region District School Board.


  1. Proposed board member: Mohammed Gandhi (2 years) (active)

Mohammed Gandhi is a parent, and operates a business.




To: All members of Views for the Visually Impaired


Views for the Visually Impaired will be holding its annual general meeting on Saturday, May 4, 2019, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at noon, to be followed by a lunch that will end by 1 pm.


VIEWS is a non-profit charitable provincial support and advocacy organization, which includes parents of children with vision loss. Our aim is to provide peer support to parents of children with vision loss, and to advocate to school boards, the Ontario Government and others on behalf of children with vision loss and their families.


This annual general meeting (AGM) will be held in Room 126 at the Toronto headquarters of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind at:

1929 Bayview Avenue

Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E8


At this annual general meeting, Views members will elect the new board of directors including its president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. The formal part of the meeting will begin at 10 a.m., to deal with the formal business of the AGM.


After the formal business meeting will be an interesting and helpful educational program, followed by a lunch that is generously provided by CNIB. Please RSVP if you are going to attend in person, so we know how many mouths to feed. Also, please let us know no later than Monday, April 29, 2019 of any dietary restrictions that you have. RSVPs should be emailed to:




Views members can take part in our AGM either by attending in person, or by phoning in to the meeting, both the formal business meeting and the educational programming. To dial into our conference call line, please dial toll-free:



The conference password code is:



In accordance with the Views by-laws, members who are physically present at this AGM can cast their vote in person on Views business, such as the election of the board of directors. Those who take part over the phone can only take part in the voting process by authorizing a person, who is present at the meeting, to cast their vote by proxy. Any Views member that will not be physically present at the meeting and wants to authorize another person to vote on their behalf by proxy must provide written confirmation via email the email link provided below stating that such member has designated a proxy to vote for them at the meeting. Such written confirmation designating a member’s proxy at the meeting must state the full written name of the member’s designated proxy who will vote at the meeting on behalf of the absent member.


A Views member is free to choose whomever they wish to serve as a proxy for them at the meeting. The proxy need not be a Views member. A Views member that has designated a proxy to vote on their behalf does not have to attend the meeting, either in person or by telephone, to have their vote cast at the meeting.


Views member David Lepofsky is offering to serve as a proxy for any Views member who will not be present. At present, the only vote that we expect to take place at this meeting is the election of the next Views board of directors including Views officers, though this could change if additional matters come up. David Lepofsky plans to vote for the slate of new board members and officers.


If you are not going to be present at the Views annual general meeting, but want to authorize a person to cast a vote on your behalf at that meeting, please send an email to this address, no later than 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019 proxy@viewson.ca


In your email, please state that you are a Views member and state whom you are authorizing to vote on your behalf by proxy. For example, if you want to authorize David Lepofsky to serve as your proxy, you could say in your email:


“I am a member of Views for the Visually Impaired. I authorize David Lepofsky to cast a vote on my behalf by proxy in any vote that will be held at the May 4, 2019 Views annual general meeting.”


We are now recruiting people to serve on the board of directors. Once that slate is assembled, we will circulate it to all Views members by email, in advance of the meeting.


The educational program at the Views annual general meeting will include:


* A discussion on how parents of students with vision loss, and the students themselves, can effectively advocate for their needs in Ontario’s education system. Our speakers include Dr. Kevin Stewart (director of blindness/low vision services at the York Region District School Board) and David Lepofsky (a current Views board member, himself blind, a lawyer, law professor, disability rights advocate, and a member and past chair of the Special Education Advisory Committee of the Toronto District School Board)


* An introduction to CNIB’s new guide on how to teach children and youth with vision loss to use an iPhone, iPad and other Apple iOS devices.


Paid parking is available at CNIB for limited numbers both above ground and in the building garage underground. The rate is $2 per hour up to a maximum of $10.


CNIB has offered to organize babysitting services if needed. However, we need you to let us know via our RSVP email address by Monday April 29, 2019 if you are requesting baby-sitting, and if so, for how many children and their ages. We will let you know shortly after April 29, 2019 whether there have been sufficient requests for baby-sitting to be organized.


Views wishes to express its great appreciation for CNIB’s work to make this AGM possible. CNIB is providing the place and the administrative support for this AGM at no cost to Views.