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There’s Still Time to Get your Tickets for Camp Bowen’s 2019 Pub Night Fundraiser on October 5th

This staff photo features the Board of Directors of the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired standing, posing for the camera wearing their orange staff shirts with the Camp Bowen logo emblazoned on the left side of the chest in blue.

Taken in 2018 at the Camp Bowen pub night fundraiser at Moose's Down Under in Vancouver, this staff photo features the Board of Directors of the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired. From left to right: Alex Jurgensen, Jessica Gladysz, Jocelyn Gladysz, Peg Mercer, Sara Batt, and Aedan Staddon.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet for Camp Bowen’s pub night fundraiser on October 5th, it isn’t too late!

The Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind (formerly the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired) in partnership with the CCB Friends of Camp Bowen Chapter will be holding a pub night fundraiser with a 50/50 draw, door prizes, and other fun activities. You can find full details at: campbowen.ca/events/.

When
Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
Where
Moose’s Down Under, 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets
$20.00 per person – Includes choice of hamburger, chicken, or veggie burger with fries or salad, beer, wine, or soft drink.

You may purchase tickets online at:
www.campbowen.ca/tickets/

Or by calling:
+1 (604) 947-0021 extension 102

You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day and time of the event but we need you to get in touch with us first if possible. The above phone number is a great way to do that but you can also use any other method found on:
www.campbowen.ca/contact/

In order for us to be able to give Moose’s Down Under an accurate number of people attending, please order your tickets no later than October 2. Thank you!

Proceeds will benefit future summer camp programs being planned for blind, visually-impaired, and deaf blind Canadians of all ages.

Questions or Assistance

If you have any questions about our event or require assistance to get to the venue, please let us know by phone at: +1 (604) 947-0021 extension 102 or by email at:

Camp Bowen at the Sixth Annual Handloggers Half Marathon

Alex and Aedan standing, posing for the camera. Alex is wearing his staff shirt with a safety jacket tied around his waist. Aedan is also wearing his staff shirt overtop of which he is wearing an unzipped orange rain jacket. Both Alex and Aedan are holding their canes.

From left to right: Alex Jurgensen and Aedan Staddon after volunteering at the sixth annual Handloggers Half Marathon on Bowen Island, BC. It was taken on the causeway, just past the finish line. Photo credit: Ali Osborne.

At Camp Bowen, it is very important to us to be part of local events and to give back to our home community of Bowen Island. On August 31, 2019, Alex Jurgensen and Aedan Staddon represented Camp Bowen as volunteers to the sixth annual Hand Loggers Half Marathon, marking the second year in a row that Camp Bowen has provided volunteers to the event. Together with the rest of the event’s volunteers, Alex and Aedan directed the more than 130 runners that took part in the half marathon, offering encouragement and support at the Cardena Dr. turnoff onto the trail and at Aid Station 3, located at Camp Bow Isle.

“I’m glad to be able to support the community at the Handloggers Half Marathon,” says Staddon. “It was nice to be able to help people and see the runners.”

We would like to congratulate the organizers of the Handloggers Half Marathon for raising approximately $4000 towards the Bowen Island Trail Society and Akili Preparatory School this year.

Join Us at Camp Bowen’s Pub Night Fundraiser: Door Prizes, 50/50 Draw, and Fun!

This staff photo features the Board of Directors of the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired standing, posing for the camera wearing their orange staff shirts with the Camp Bowen logo emblazoned on the left side of the chest in blue.

Taken in 2018 at the Camp Bowen pub night fundraiser at Moose's Down Under in Vancouver, this staff photo features the Board of Directors of the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired. From left to right: Alex Jurgensen, Jessica Gladysz, Jocelyn Gladysz, Peg Mercer, Sara Batt, and Aedan Staddon.

The Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind (formerly the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired) in partnership with the CCB Friends of Camp Bowen Chapter invites you and your friends to join us for an evening of fun at our Pub Night!

When
Saturday, October 5, 2019 – 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
Where
Moose’s Down Under, 830 West Pender Street, Vancouver
Tickets
$20.00 per person – Includes choice of hamburger, chicken, or veggie burger with fries or salad, beer, wine, or soft drink.

You may purchase tickets online at:
www.campbowen.ca/tickets/

Or by calling:
+1 (604) 947-0021 extension 102

You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day and time of the event but we need you to get in touch with us first if possible. The above phone number is a great way to do that but you can also use any other method found on:
www.campbowen.ca/contact/

In order for us to be able to give Moose’s Down Under an accurate number of people attending, please order your tickets no later than October 2. Thank you!

Proceeds will benefit future summer camp programs being planned for blind, visually-impaired, and deaf blind Canadians of all ages.

Questions or Assistance

If you have any questions about our event or require assistance to get to the venue, please let us know by phone at: +1 (604) 947-0021 extension 102 or by email at:

Who We Are

The Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind is a federal not-for-profit organization that operates the Camp Bowen summer camps, independent living skills training and outreach programs benefiting people who are blind and Deafblind. It also facilitates the Bowen Island Accessibility Group, a program for people with disabilities on Bowen Island, BC.

We look forward to welcoming you at our pub night.

The Camp Bowen Team

Transit/Walking Directions

Moose’s Down Under at 830 West Pender in Vancouver
is located on the south side of Pender between Howe and Hornby Streets

If Exiting Skytrain At the Granville Station

  1. Get off at Granville station.
  2. Exit the station at the Dunsmuir entrance which is just by the Keg on Dunsmuir.
  3. Once outside the entrance, turn left and walk a short distance to the southeast corner of Granville and Dunsmuir.
  4. Turn right (north) to cross to the north side of Dunsmuir Street and walk north a block to Pender.
  5. Turn left (west) and cross Granville Street.
  6. Walk west along the south side of Pender and cross Howe Street which is the next block.
  7. Continue walking west along Pender for about 1/3 block.
  8. The entrance to Moose’s Down Under has stairs going down on the right as you turn in off the street.

If Taking a Bus North on Granville

  1. Get off the bus at Dunsmuir.
  2. Walk north to the corner and follow directions 4-8 above.

If Exiting the Skytrain At Burrard Station

  1. Turn left (north and go a short distance along Burrard to Dunsmuir.
  2. Cross Dunsmuir to the north side.
  3. Turn right and cross Burrard to the east side.
  4. Turn left (north) and walk north on Burrard to Pender.
  5. Turn right (east) on Pender and walk east to Howe which is the next block.
  6. Cross Howe Street and walk about a half a block to Moose’s Down Under.

If you wish to be met by the Dunsmuir entrance of Skytrain or outside Moose’s Down Under, please let us know by calling:

+1 (604) 947-0021 Extension 102.

Come One, Come All, to Bowfest 2019

Jordan, Jessica, Jocelyn, Aedan, and Alex kneeling in front of the Camp Bowen banner with the Showdown table in the background.

Camp Bowen volunteers at Bowfest 2018. From left to right: Jordan Parke, Jessica Gladysz, Jocelyn Gladysz, Aedan Staddon, and Alex Jurgensen. Photo credit: Lisa.

The Camp Bowen Society will be at Bowfest, Bowen Island’s community fair, once again this year. The community organization area of Bowfest will open at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the field to the left of the ferry terminal when driving off the ferry. The community organization area will open directly following the community parade that will run after the previous ferry offloads.

Camp Bowen will be bringing Showdown, a Bowfest favourite sport that resembles a cross between air hockey and ping pong. Showdown is a sport originally designed on the West coast of BC for blind people but now played internationally by blind and sighted players alike around the world. Players try to get a rattling ball filled with rice into their opponents net with a paddle while the other player defends their goal. All this under blindfold. It is a lot of fun to play!!!

Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex behind the Showdown table with a van in the background.

From left to right: Jessica, Jocelyn, and Alex. They are standing behind the Showdown table at Bowfest 2017.

While at Bowfest, stop by our community table and meet some of the friendly and knowledgeable staff behind Camp Bowen. If you’ve ever had a question or half a dozen about blindness, bring them with you and we’ll do our best to answer them. Before you leave our tent, play a round of Showdown or pick up one of our puzzle books where you can learn to decode a selection of quotes in Braille!!!

Also at Bowfest, be sure to explore the many games, food options, live music, contests, and other community booths available at the fair.

All proceeds will benefit Camp Bowen’s summer camp, independent living skills, and outreach programs.

We hope to see you at Bowfest!!!

Notice of the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind’s Annual Meeting of Members

The Camp Bowen logo, a stylized depiction of the steam locomotive bell that serves as Camp Bowen's dinner bell with the words Camp Bowen around the rim.

Come join us at our Annual Meeting of Members (the term we’re now using for Annual General Meetings) to find out what the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind has accomplished this past year and what we have planned going forward. Some other highlights of the agenda include a very special announcement regarding our Music Camp program and the passing of society By-Laws.

As usual, there will be the option of participating via teleconference. We will be holding the physical meeting on Bowen Island this year in the Board Room at First Credit Union (106-996 Dorman Road, Bowen Island, BC). If you plan on attending in person, please call us at: +1 (604) 947-0021, extension 102 ahead of time so we can make sure to set up the room accordingly. Directions and teleconferencing details will follow the agenda.

The Above in Legal Speak

Notice is hereby given of the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind’s Annual Meeting of Members to be held in the Board room at First Credit Union (106-996 Dorman Road, Bowen Island, BC) on September 17, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Pacific.

Agenda


Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind

Annual Meeting of Members

Agenda for September 17, 2019

  1. 1. Call to Order
  2. 2. Approval of Agenda
  3. 3. Looking Back Report
  4. 4. Financial Report

    Motion: That the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind’s financial report for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year be approved.

  5. 5. Voting
    1. 5.1. President
    2. 5.2. 2ND Vice President
    3. 5.3. Secretary
    4. 5.4. Director At Large
    5. 5.5. Treasurer
  6. 6. By-Laws
    1. 6.1. By-Law #1

      Motion:
      Whereas the Canadian Not For Profit (NFP) Act requires the membership of a corporation to pass ByLaws of the Corporation; and
      Whereas the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind is governed by the Canadian Not For Profit (NFP) Act;
      Be it resolved that By-Law #1 of the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind be adopted by the Corporation’s membership.

  7. 7. Special Announcement for the Music Camp Program
  8. 8. Going Forward Report
  9. 9. Adjournment

Note: An opportunity for community discussion will follow the meeting.


Teleconferencing Details

To join the meeting via teleconference, call:

Metro Vancouver/Long-Distance Subscribers: +1 (604) 947-0021 and dial 6

Toll-Free: +1 (844) MYBOWEN (692-6936) and dial 6

Smart Phone Links

If on a smartphone, simply tap the below links to be connected to the meeting:

Metro Vancouver/Long-Distance Subscribers: +16049470021,6

Toll-Free: +18446926936,6

Directions

Board Room
First Credit Union
106-996 Dorman Road
Bowen Island BC
V0N 1G0

When coming off the ferry onto Bowen Island, follow Bowen Island Trunk Road to the first 4-way intersection. Dorman Road is on the left-hand side of this intersection. The credit union is on the far left corner of the intersection and is the first door on Dorman Road.

Questions, Concerns or Assistance

If you have any questions or concerns or require assistance to get to the meeting, please let us know by phone at: +1 (604) 947-0021. Alternately, use any method on our contact page.

Join Us on Friday, February 22,2019 at 7:10 Pacific for the First Meeting of the Bowen Island Accessibility Group

Have you ever faced an accessibility-related barrier on Bowen or do you know someone who has? Are you interested in seeing the island become a more inclusive and accessible space? Are you a person with a disability looking for peer support on-island? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, come down to the Flex Room at the library on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:10 PM for the first meeting of the Bowen Island Accessibility Group (BIAG), an initiative of the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind. BIAG is a pilot project to create a support and advocacy group to bring Bowen Islanders together to explore ways of providing peer support and advocacy to people with disabilities, both visible and invisible, along with more generally applying creativity to making Bowen Island a more accessible and inclusive place. You don’t have to have a disability to participate, just a desire to see Bowen become more accessible and inclusive.

At this first meeting we will discuss about where we as a community want BIAG to go in the future. There will also be a chance to share about any accessibility-related barriers participants have had and/or any ideas people have for making Bowen more accessible and inclusive. There will be food provided, either sandwiches or pizza, we’re still finalizing that part. We already have guides in place for any blind or Deafblind attendees who need one and we are also working on getting sign language interpretation for the event.

To attend, please call Alex Jurgensen at: +1 (604) 947-0021 Extension 102, text +1 (778) 908-0521, or use any of these other contact methods to let us know you are coming before Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12 PM and let him know you are coming. If you have any accessibility-related accommodations you need in order to attend the event, please let Alex or another Camp Bowen team member know and we will work with you to find a solution.

We look forward to seeing you all on Friday. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you can’t make it to BIAG this Friday but still want to be involved, please contact Alex or another Camp Bowen team member and we can get you on the list to receive future updates about BIAG.

Warm regards,
The Camp Bowen Team

It Isn’t Too Late to Join Us at Camp Bowen’s Pub Night Fundraiser!!!

Important: Please reserve your spot before 9 PM Pacific on Thursday, July 12, 2018 so that we can submit final numbers to Moose’s Down Under.

The Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired (CBSVI) invites you and your friends
to join us for an evening of summer fun at our upcoming Pub Night this Saturday, July 14 at Moose’s Down Under in Vancouver!

When:
Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 9:00pm
Where:
  • Moose’s Down Under,
  • 830 West Pender Street,
  • Vancouver

Please note: Transit directions are at the bottom of this post

Tickets:
$20.00 per person – Includes choice of hamburger, chicken, or veggie burger with fries or salad, beer, wine, or soft drink.
What:
Door Prizes, 50/50 Draw, food, and more.

You may purchase tickets online at:
https://campbowen.ca/tickets/
Or by calling: +1 (604) 947-0021 extension 102.

You can also purchase tickets at the door on the day and time of the event but we need you to get in touch by phone first if possible. The above phone number is a great way to do that but you can also use any other method found on the contact page of campbowen.ca.


Proceeds will benefit future summer camp programs being planned for blind, visually-impaired, and deaf blind Canadians of all ages.

Transit/Walking Directions

Moose’s Down Under at 830 West Pender in Vancouver
is located on the south side of Pender between Howe and Hornby Streets

If Exiting Skytrain At the Granville Station

  1. Get off at Granville station.
  2. Exit the station at the Dunsmuir entrance which is just by the Keg on Dunsmuir.
  3. Once outside the entrance, turn left and walk a short distance to the southeast corner of Granville and Dunsmuir.
  4. Turn right (north) to cross to the north side of Dunsmuir Street and walk north a block to Pender.
  5. Turn left (west) and cross Granville Street.
  6. Walk west along the south side of Pender and cross Howe Street which is the next block.
  7. Continue walking west along Pender for about 1/3 block.
  8. The entrance to Moose’s Down Under has stairs going down on the right as you turn in off the street.

If Taking a Bus North on Granville

  1. Get off the bus at Dunsmuir.
  2. Walk north to the corner and follow directions 4-8 above.

If Exiting the Skytrain At Burrard Station

  1. Turn left (north and go a short distance along Burrard to Dunsmuir.
  2. Cross Dunsmuir to the north side.
  3. Turn right and cross Burrard to the east side.
  4. Turn left (north) and walk north on Burrard to Pender.
  5. Turn right (east) on Pender and walk east to Howe which is the next block.
  6. Cross Howe Street and walk about a half a block to Moose’s Down Under.

If you wish to be met by the Dunsmuir entrance of Skytrain or outside Moose’s Down Under, please let us know by calling:

+1 (604) 947-0021 Extension 102.

Notice of the 2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Camp Bowen Society for the Visually Impaired will be held on Friday, June 15 at 7 PM Pacific at 5737 180 St., Surrey BC, Canada. Members unable to attend in person can attend via teleconference using the instructions found on the contact page of the society’s website.

The agenda and other AGM documents will be posted on our website the week of the meeting.

To register to attend the AGM, please contact the society by phone at: +1 (844) MYBOWEN (692-6936) extension 2 or by any other method found on our website’s contact page.

Less Than A Week Away From The 2017 Camp Bowen Showdown Tournament and Annual General Meeting

This is just a reminder that the 2017 Camp Bowen Showdown Tournament and Annual General Meeting will be held in Surrey in just under a week, on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Thanks to a generous donation from one of our members, we are pleased to present the tournament prize as a gift card to White Spot valued at $25.

Please let us know if you plan on attending either the annual general meeting or the tournament before Friday, October 13, 2017 so we can best prepare. You can do so by calling +1 (604) 947-0021 extension 2 or by using the contact form on our website.

Our original announcement and teleconferencing details can be found here.

The Camp Bowen Showdown Tournament and Annual General Meeting

Update: For those who would like to attend our annual general meeting but cannot attend in person, you can teleconference into the meeting. Just call either +1 (604) 947-0021 or +1 (844) 692-6936 on the day of the meeting. When you get to the main menu, press 6 and you will be connected to the meeting.

Come help us run camps and have fun at the Camp Bowen showdown tournament fundraiser and Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you are interested in how the society works and would like to help out come to our AGM at 12:30 or just eat food and play showdown from 1:30 to 5. There will be a prize for the tournament winner.

Please let us know as soon as possible so we can organize players and order enough lunches. We can be reached by phone at +1 (604) 947-0021 Extension 2 or by using our contact form on our website.

Note: This event is family friendly.

Date:
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Where:
5737 180 St., Surrey, BC
Lunch:
Pizza, pop, and chips
Price for AGM:
Free
Price for Lunch and Tournament:
$10.00

Directions

Note: If you need assistance with any part of this route, please call us at: +1 (604) 947-0021 Extension 2.

From Surrey Central

  1. Take the 320 Langley Centre bus from Surrey Central SkyTrain Bay 2. Do not board the 320 Fleetwood bus.
  2. Get off at 60 Ave. and 180 St.
  3. When you get off the bus, turn right and walk down 60 Ave.
  4. At the first intersection, cross straight. You will be crossing 180 St.
  5. Turn left and walk along 180 St.
  6. At the next intersection, cross straight. You will be crossing 58 Ave.
  7. Continue walking straight along 180 St.
  8. At the next intersection, cross straight. You will be crossing 57 Ave.
  9. Continue walking straight along 180 St.
  10. Turn right into the first driveway. You have arrived at your destination. Call us and we’ll meet you.

From Langley Centre

  1. Take the 320 Surrey Central bus from Langley Centre.
  2. Get off at 60 Ave. and 180 St.
  3. When you get off the bus, turn right and walk up 60 Ave.
  4. At the first intersection, turn right and cross. You will be crossing 180 St.
  5. Turn left and walk along 180 St.
  6. At the next intersection, cross straight. You will be crossing 58 Ave.
  7. Continue walking straight along 180 St.
  8. At the next intersection, cross straight. You will be crossing 57 Ave.
  9. Continue walking straight along 180 St.
  10. Turn right into the first driveway. You have arrived at your destination. Call us and we’ll meet you.

Schedule

  • 12:30 – AGM
  • 1:30 – Lunch
  • 2:00 – Showdown ternament
  • 5:00 – Wrap up