Kelly and Company

Tune in weekdays at 2 p.m. Eastern for interviews and discussions about arts, entertainment, and the lifestyle issues that matter to you.

Community Report - Central

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 

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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. 

Recent Reports: 

March 8, 2018 - Kim gives us an update on the accessibility of Ottawa's light rail transit system, and consultations with Via Rail.

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.

January 11, 2018 - Kim gives us the scoop on the fortieth edition of Winterlude. She also shares tips for dressing and traveling with your guide dog during the cold months.

 

Quebec - Nick D'Ambrosio

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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.

Recent Reports: 

March 15, 2018 - Nick tells us about attempts to make his city more accessible and inclusive, specifically by getting input from many different voices.

February 15, 2018 - Nick tells us about free guitar lessons funded by BrailleTAB, and about his efforts to start a blind curling team.

January 18, 2018 - Nick tells us about the Hands That See massage studio, where all the massage therapists are blind or partially sighted.

 

Toronto - Orly Shamir 

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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.

Recent Reports: 

March 13, 2018 - Orly tells us about a beep baseball training camp, as well as several audio-described stage performances.

February 13, 2018 - Orly tells us about financial support for seniors with guide dogs in Ontario.

January 16, 2018 - Orly tells us about three Wheel-Trans teleconferences organized by BALANCE. And, what to look forward to at this year's White Cane Week Experience Expo.

 

Timmins - Suzanne Boudreau

Suzanne Headshot. She poses with her guide dog, German Sheppard Emille

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. 
 

Recent Reports: 

March 27, 2018 - Suzanne calls in to tell us about a paint night social event at Saint Mary's Garden.

February 27, 2018 - Suzanne calls in with news about a volunteer CNIB peer support program at the public library in Timmins.

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 sitting with his guide dog Jazz

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.

Recent Reports: 

March 5, 2018 - Doug calls in with news about the Magnus Theatre's March break camp.

February 5, 2018 - Doug calls in from his home near Thunder Bay with news about the availability of audiobooks in local libraries, and upcoming performances of the Jez Butterworth play “The River.”

January 8, 2018 - Doug tells us about a book signing event featuring Margaret Atwood on January 10, and a Yuk-Yuks performance on January 27.