Listen to Kelly and Company weekdays 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Eastern to find out what’s happening in your community! Tune in weekly to hear from our community reporters across the country bringing you information on events and happenings in the blind and partially sighted community across Canada. Click here for more reports in other regions: Atlantic and West
Eastern Ontario - Kim Kilpatrick
Kim has been totally blind since birth. She's the founder and coordinator of the Get Together with Technology program as well as a music therapist, professional storyteller, and radio show host. Kim travels through life with her fourth guide dog Tulia.
February 8, 2018 - Kim calls in with news about Saturday morning yoga classes in Ottawa, the upcoming national conference call for the Get Together with Technology group, and a braille literacy conference call on March 3.
Quebec - Nick D'Ambrosio
Nick is a podcaster for Blind Abilities. Diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa at five years old, he is an accessibility advocate in his community and is a rabid sports fan. Nick has worked at a local pharmacy in Montreal for 19 years and is an avid yoga and dragon boat enthusiast.
December 21, 2017 - Nick tells us about upcoming events in the Montreal region.
Toronto - Orly Shamir
Orly Shamir was born with a degenerative condition called LCA Labor Congenital Amurosis, a rarer form of RP Retinitis Pigmentosa. She’s always been passionate about helping, supporting, and making a difference in people's lives. Orly recently completed a broadcast training program, the first of it's kind supporting people with disabilities in Canada.
February 13, 2018 - Orly tells us about financial support for seniors with guide dogs in Ontario.
Timmins - Suzanne Boudreau
After being diagnosed with Retinas Pigmentosa, Suzanne was paired with her first guide dog Emilie, a German Shepard. Previously Suzanne worked in a nursing home. She is now a volunteer with CNIB and the Timmins Golden Manor day program. Suzanne likes to spend time at her cottage walking the forest trails with Emilie. She also likes to go fishing and spend time on the water on pedal boats.
January 30, 2018 - Suzanne calls in with an update on Madelaine Thomas' corneal eye transplant.
January 2, 2018 - Suzanne gives us our first community report of 2018.
Thunder Bay - Doug McQuaker
Doug lives in Atikokan, Ontario. He enjoys sports, music and spending his time at the lake with his most dedicated companion, Jazz, who doubles as his Leader Dog.