CNIB Vision Mates, in Halifax

CNIB Vision Mates, in Halifax


[swoosh] ANNOUNCER: Here is an
AMI This Week Shortcut with Laura Bain. [music playing] LISA LOZER: Ready? OK. So we’ll just go
through today’s– MELANIE MACINNIS: Yeah. LISA LOZER: Grocery list. So I’ll read off some
of our regular things. MELANIE MACINNIS: OK. LISA LOZER: Do
you want amaranth? MELANIE MACINNIS: No. LISA LOZER: Rice? MELANIE MACINNIS: Got
tonnes of that last– no. LISA LOZER: Rice. LAURA BAIN: Making
a grocery list is a weekly ritual for Melanie
MacInnis and Lisa Lozer. LISA LOZER: Cucumbers? MELANIE MACINNIS: No. LISA LOZER: Dulse? MELANIE MACINNIS: Yes. If they have it. LISA LOZER: If they have it, OK. LAURA BAIN: Lisa
is a Vision Mate. Vision Mates are
CNIB volunteers who provide sighted
assistance to people who are blind or partially sighted. LISA LOZER: I was newly
posted to Halifax. My husband’s in the military,
so I’m a military spouse. And I find the easiest way for
me to feel part of a community is to get out and get about. LAURA BAIN: Melanie
is a CNIB client. MELANIE MACINNIS: I thought it
would help me to have somebody, you know, for however
many hours a week it was, to just do whatever
I needed to do. LISA LOZER: OK, I
think we’re good. MELANIE MACINNIS: OK, that’s it. LISA LOZER: That’s it. LAURA BAIN: Like visiting
her favourite local market. LISA LOZER: I’m just
going to get the door. MELANIE MACINNIS: Thank you. LISA LOZER: You’re welcome. It’s a little bit narrow here. MELANIE MACINNIS: OK. There we go. LISA LOZER: Melanie is very,
very healthy, very healthy eater. She likes to eat organic,
everything organic. All right. MELANIE MACINNIS: OK, coming
to the veggie section. LISA LOZER: Yams, parsnips. MELANIE MACINNIS: Parsnips,
I’ll take a bag of parsnips. LAURA BAIN: Melanie
is new to vision loss, and found grocery shopping
alone frustrating. MELANIE MACINNIS: It sucks. There’s no other way
around it, right? I mean, for 55 years I
picked out my own, food. And I’ve been in the food
industry my whole life, too, so I’m quite a foodie. It’s really hard for me. Emotionally, it’s a hard thing. It’s really, really hard
to buy food, and not be able to see it. And it’s, that’s one of my– I’m still working on that. LAURA BAIN: While Lisa makes
shopping more enjoyable, it’s a work in progress. MELANIE MACINNIS: It’s
still hard for me, because I have to– I have to trust
somebody else is going to pick what I would pick. You know what I mean? You just have to let go
of all your expectations. And so. LISA LOZER: Asparagus chips. MELANIE MACINNIS: Oh, asparagus. Read me the asparagus chips. No. LISA LOZER: This is a new one. OK. Ingredients. Sprouted brown rice flour,
white rice flour, flax seeds, chia seeds, quinoa,
sea salt, evaporated cane sugar, onion powder, garlic
powder, and sunflower oil. MELANIE MACINNIS: Well, I think
I’m going to pass on them. LISA LOZER: Going
to pass on them. MELANIE MACINNIS:
Pass on the powder. Yeah. LAURA BAIN: Overall,
both Lisa and Melanie feel they’ve hit the jackpot. LISA LOZER: I’m so happy
to the gentleman who runs the Vision Mate program. I feel he should also be
organizing a dating service. He did so well matching
Melanie and I together. I started as a volunteer
job, but really, now I feel like Melanie and I just
have an amazing friendship. So it’s like having a spot
booked off once a week to hang out with your friend. So it’s pretty cool. MELANIE MACINNIS:
I’m a picky person. I just thought she was spunky,
and fun, and lively, and happy. And yeah, she makes
it the best it can be. That’s why I keep doing it
with her, because it’s– I look forward to it. So I think I’m done. LISA LOZER: Think
you’re done today? MELANIE MACINNIS: Yeah. LAURA BAIN: If you’re interested
in volunteering or joining the Vision Mate program,
contact your local CNIB office, or visit cnib.ca.

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