District A-1 Lionsí Lake Joseph Centre
from the Family of a Lake Jo Camper
I received the following note from the
family of Orval Haskel who passed away last
Saturday and thought I would like to share
it with you.
Orval was visually impaired and had other
challenges that made daily life difficult
and was a passenger on our annual bus trip
to and from the LJC for several years.
Having little opportunities for recreation
he looked forward to our gathering each
year. This expectation always brightened his
spirit and his health appeared to improve.
Orval is a prime example of why our
transportation project is so important. It
may serve few in numbers, but it's value is
"Ōf they can't get there, they can't
Yours In Lionism
Lion Peter Best
It has been a very tiring last few days, but
I thought I would let you know that I have
received donations to your transportation
project and the home received additional
donations. I do not know how much they were
for. The funeral home will forward them
directly to [the District treasurer]. I will
send a cheque to [the treasurer] when all
the money comes in. It is not a lot but
hopefully every little bit helps.
Orval, Rose and I always believed that your
transportation project was an excellent
program that made it possible for the blind
to get to the camp and have a little change
and fun. We really appreciate your efforts
and the Lions Club support of this great
cause. Without this project most of the
Participants would not be able to go to
The Lions and you are to be commended
for all you do for the Blind.
Report to District A1
August 29, 2010
By Chairman Lion Peter W. B. Best
To provide safe, convenient, low-cost
transportation to and from the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre for
blind, deaf-blind, visually impaired, their escorts and
As previously reported this past spring, I am very pleased to
advise that we were once again able to continue our
Transportation Project for this summer. The communications with
the CNIB LJC staff has been re-established and we once again
have an agreeable working relationship.
After a busy spring of preparation we departed on July 11 and
returned on July 17. This season Lion Gerry Fielding and I
escorted 32 excited vacationers and three dog guides to their
favourite holiday retreat, CNIB Lake Joseph Centre, where they
shared a fun filled week with their friends.
For the past few seasons clients were becoming very unhappy
with the service at the CNIB LJC, during which time we advocated
to help them to get the CNIB to listen to their concerns and
encouraged them to resolve a number of issues. Apparently they
did listen, and I am happy to report that I am very encouraged
that the agenda of service appears to once more be directed at
meeting the needs of their guests. The vacationers we served
reported to me that they found the conditions of the facility
and staff behaviour to be greatly improved. The quality and
variety of meals were more in line with what an adult would
enjoy. There was a good variety of activities. In short a
majority of the group indicated that they enjoyed their stay at
the camp more this year than they have for along time. I can
finally say once again, I enjoyed co-ordinating this yearís
transportation project, thank you for the opportunity to serve.
Total cost of this seasonís LJC Transportation Project was
(Refer to District Treasurerís Report for financial details.)
The breakdown in communications and the difficulties in
continuing this project was an uncomfortable period for all of
us; however it did have a positive outcome, which was that our
LJC Transportation Project got a lot of attention. As a result
the value and the importance in this service have now been
widely recognized and there is growing interest in duplicating
it in other areas. I want to thank all of you for your patience
and support through this difficult period. On behalf of the
vacationers and their families, I would like to extend a sincere
appreciation for your generous support and ask that you will
continue to make our LJC Transportation Project possible as it
is truly a service we can be proud to provide.
canít get there, they canít benefitĒ
This project is
our opportunity to serve.
Thank you for your support.
Chairman Lion Peter Best
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