The most unique event of the year

Eye Appeal is one of the most anticipated fundraisers for the CNIB on Vancouver Island. Attendees will experience fine dining, breath-taking art, and the opportunity to bid on many other unique items.

Through the help of over 200 locally and internationally renowned artists, as well as various sponsors and volunteers, the CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event raises money to fund programs right here on Vancouver Island. Each ticket provides one work of art, access to a live and silent auction as well as gourmet food and beverages for the evening.

How do you get the art? The logistics are simple; guest names are drawn ten at a time - when your name is drawn you choose the artwork you like best and it's yours to take home!

Programs we support


CNIB Kids Camp

Children who are blind or partially sighted and their families face unique and specific challenges. According to a 2005 study conducted by CNIB, close to one-third of parents stated that their children never received birthday or other party invitations, 77% stated that their children do not belong to clubs, and 74% stated that their child does not play sports. With limited opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities, children with vision loss experience ongoing social exclusion and isolation that can have detrimental effects. Statistically, only 45% of blind or partially sighted Canadian children graduate high school.

Portion of funds raised during Eye Appeal with go towards sending youth with vision loss (aged 8 – 11) from the Island community to the CNIB Kids Camp, a week long summer camp held at Zajack Ranch in Mission BC. This opportunity provides campers with the chance to engage in outdoor activities, experience different sports and develop independent living skills. More importantly, it provides a platform for the campers to connect with peers, build confidence and make those important lifelong connections that might otherwise not happen.

$24,000 will provide funding for 10 kids with vison loss from the Island community to experience this life changing week. Funds will cover travel costs to and from camp, lodging, food as well as all material, equipment and supplies required for a week full of activities. Specialized staff and instructors are also on site throughout the week to facilitate group work and one on one time.

Transition Peer Support Group

CNIB’s principal task is to heighten independence for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.

There is a lack of skills training and support for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and the result is that 65 percent of working age adults with vision loss are unemployed and 50 percent earn less than $20,000 per year. There is a critical need to provide employment readiness support to young adults transitioning to the workforce and CNIB is stepping up to meet this need.

CNIB’s innovative Transition Peer Support Group will focus on supporting young adults by preparing them with the skills and confidence they need to earn a living and maintain employment. This project will focus on building acceptance of vision loss and teaching adaptive methods, accessibility options, independent living skills and practical skills such as interview techniques and resume writing. The education and support is aimed to empower young adults who are blind or partially sighted by arming them with important tools, skills and the confidence to achieve independence, social interaction, family life and more.

This program is new to CNIB and is a BC lead initiative with a three year development plan. 2015 marks the first year of the program which is focused on program and material development for the province along with initial delivery to a pilot group of young adults. Year two will focus on the recruitment and training a facilitator on Vancouver Island to implement the program in the island community. Year three will see continued expansion on the program throughout BC. The total three year project budget is $217,000. To date $100,000 has been secured through the generosity of donors. We would like to ask you, patrons of the Eye Appeal, to help us fund an additional $65,000 of the project ($30,000 towards project and material development and an additional $35,000 towards the training of a Vancouver Island facilitator to deliver the program). Through your support we can change the lives of those living with vision loss in this community.

Eric Charman Bursary


The Eric Charman Bursary was created in honour of Eric Charman, CM, OBC. Mr. Charman believes in the importance of art and community and has been known for his work helping emerging artists launch their career. Pictured above is Eric Charman (right) with the first Eric Charman Bursary recipient (left).


About CNIB

CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To find out more, visit http://www.cnib.ca/ or call 1-800-563-2642.