2018 Canadian Helen Keller Centre Luncheon

On April 27th, 2018 the Canadian Helen Keller Centre Annual Award Luncheon was held at the Fairmont Royal York for the 14th time. The event is hosted by–and is a project of–the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP). During this luncheon, the guests support the CHKC by attending and funding the organization thanks to their generous donations.

This year, the Royal Ontario Museum was honoured for its remarkable efforts it has made for the disabled and the deaf-blind community specifically. Honourable Vim Kochhar, the founder of CHKC, presented the award to Josh Basseches, the Director and CEO of the ROM, together with a $5000 check in order to implement even more adaptations at the museum.

People who are deaf blind need appropriate care and this is often hard to obtain. Therefore, the Canadian Helen Keller Centre is indispensable. The centre offers a residence where deaf-blind people can live on their own and get training. Programs include necessary everyday skills such as home organization, grooming, personal finance, computer skills, communication skills like sign-language and braille and many more.

After the lunch, Jim Sanders – the keynote speaker and the former President and CEO of the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) – took the stage and gave an inspiring speech about being blind and how this did not stop him from succeeding in life.

The testimonial gave faith to the guests who go through the same condition as Mr. Sanders and encouraged them to not give up on their dreams. Everyone was touched by his words and only a great respect was felt for this exceptional man.

At the end of the luncheon, the usual raffle was conducted and many lucky guests won marvellous prizes.

Learn more about the Canadian Helen Keller Centre www.chkc.org

Information on past awards and the host organization, Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons www.cfpdp.com

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