Margaret Entwistle and Eugene Chong

First, we speak with Margaret Entwistle, chair of the organizing committee for Peterborough’s Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides. Next, we hear a repeat of an interview we did last January with Eugene Chong, director of CNIB’s Lake Joseph holiday centre.

Spotlight on Assistance Dogs and Amanda Motyer

In Devon’s absence, Simon and guest host Phyllis give us a taste of another of Devon’s podcasts, called “Spotlight on Assistance Dogs.” Next, we hear an interview with Amanda Motyer and her retired hearing dog Tilley, in preparation for the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides which will take place on May 26th.

National AccessAbility Week and Active Together’s Summer Schedule

May 6, 2019

First, Simon Treviranus and Phil Mechetuk from the National AccessAbility Week organizing committee chat with Devon about events planned for the special week which runs from May 26 to June 1.  Next, we chat with Lynda Todd about Active Together’s hectic summer schedule.

Parkinson Canada and The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

We begin by chatting with three volunteers from Parkinson Canada – Joe Vankoeverden from the Peterborough Chapter, Sandie Jones and Maria Mariano from Toronto. Next, we chat with Christine Annett, one of the fundraising ambassadors for The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Organ Donation Awareness Month, Plus a Hopeful Recipient, and the Life and Career of a Partially-Sighted Hockey Player

First, we speak with Steve Scally, Lions District A3’s Chair of the “Gift of Life” Program. Devon then speaks briefly with her neighbour Peter Day, who is hoping for a double lung transplant. Lastly, we chat with Wyatt Harvey, who participated in the recent Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament, about his life here in Peterborough and his career as a hockey player with a visual impairment.

The Freestyle Libre and Special Needs Hockey Tournament in Toronto

We begin by listening to a presentation on how a new app makes the continuous glucose monitoring system, called The Freestyle Libre, accessible to people with low or no vision who have diabetes. Next, Simon reads an article about MPP Dave Smith’s announcement of a children’s team from Peterborough participating in a special needs hockey tournament in Toronto.

Canadian Blind Hockey Tournament and Glaucoma

First, we speak with Andy Frank, manager of AMI Audio (Accessible Media Incorporated) about the Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament taking place this weekend. Second, Devon speaks by phone with Maureen Summers certified low-vision therapist about the causes, symptoms and treatment of glaucoma.

Engineering Month and a demonstration of the Google Home Mini

We begin this jam-packed episode by listening to a brief address given to the local chapter of the Canadian Council of The Blind by Carlos, a trainer from Leader Dogs in Rochester, Michigan who was in town to provide a client with home training.  Next, co-host Simon Treviranus celebrates March as Engineering Month by recapping an engineering symposium which was held in Peterborough last October.  We follow that with a demonstration of the Google Home Mini.  Finally, because March is also Liver Month, we hear a repeat of an interview that co-host Devon Wilkins did with Dr. Morris Sherman of Liver Canada.

Send-Off Party for Three Special Olympic Athletes and International Women’s Day

First, Devon and Simon take us to a send-off party for three Special Olympic athletes headed to Abu Dhabi. Next, we celebrate International Women’s Day by speaking with the dynamic Hayley Burrett about her involvement in the community.

Art in the Dark Fundraiser for CNIB and Kim Parody and her service dog, Jack

First, we chat with Leslie Yee about the CNIB’s annual ‘Art in the Dark’ Fundraiser. Next, we speak with Kim Parody and her service dog, Jack, in preparation for the Lions Foundation of Canada’s ‘Walk for Dog Guides’ on May 26th.