In Memory of Nancy Morin, Canadian Goalball Legend

It is with very sad and heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of Nancy Morin. Our condolences go out to her family and those closest to her. Nancy will be fondly remembered as a friend & mentor and accomplished goalball athlete who consistently demonstrated genuine sportsmanship.

She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by the Blind Sports Nova Scotia family and all those whose lives she touched through sport and beyond. May you rest easy, Nancy.

Here is the link to the official news release:  GOALBALL : NANCY MORIN, LE BRAS CANADIEN, S’ÉTEINT and the English version on Facebook, here.

Learn all about Nancy’s accomplishments in representing Canada on the world’s goalball court here.

The photos below are from 2017, when Nancy joined the NS Women’s goalball team to form Nova-Q. Nancy was key in the team capturing silver at the annual tournament in Michigan. Nancy and her legendary shot also helped Nova-Q win the first ever medal at Goalball Nationals for Nova Scotia women in 2017. At 2017 Goalball Nationals, she also assistant-coached the Nova Scotia men’s team, securing double-bronze for Nova Scotia, another first.

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How are you? Resources

Hello members, volunteers, and community partners,

How are you doing? As we grieve as a province and continue to deal with our challenging new reality, I wanted to reach out and offer a few additional resources that may be helpful for you or someone you know.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any suggestions, questions or requests for help. If we can’t help, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Another at home fitness option: OrCam have been offering described yoga and other at home fitness classes! Check out OrCam’s  Facebook page for more.

How to Wear a Face Mask Without Fogging Up Your Glasses 

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team: The Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team provides support by phone 24/7 for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis anywhere in Nova Scotia and a Mobile Response from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. to most Halifax area communities.  Call: 902-429-8167, 1-888-429-8167 (Toll Free)

Canadian Mental Health Association Nova Scotia: CMHA NS continues to provide non-clinical mental health psycho-social support throughout COVID-19. They are committed to keeping communities and clients safe and their services supportive and welcoming. www.novascotia.cmha.ca   Call: 1-877-466-6606 (Toll free)

Health Minds Patient Navigator: Healthy Minds Cooperative is an innovative mental health cooperative providing a variety of peer-based services to people with lived experience of mental health issues and their families. HMC is available 9-5, Monday-Friday by phone and email.  Call: 902-404-3504

What to Do If You’re Feeling Anxious About the Coronavirus An article from the UW Medicine website about dealing with anxiety and worry surrounding the Coronavirus.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic A short video created by Dr. Adriana Wilson, Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.

Mental Health Wellness Tips for Quarantine This article, written by NYS Psychologist Eileen Feliciano, includes some great tips.

CNIB Nova Scotia Programs: 

Virtual Vision Mates: The CNIB Foundation has adjusted our Vision Mate program and launched “Virtual Vision Mates”, which includes volunteers that:

Could pick up and drop off groceries for people with sight loss during the current pandemic (you’d provide money in advance or order online and they’d deliver it to your doorstep)

Are part of our Phone-a-Friend program, where we will be matching our members with each other for weekly social calls

Will become Vision Mates when visits are allowed again, but will connect via telephone until then

If you’d be interested in being part of any of these “Virtual Vision Mate” offerings, email jeff.deviller@cnib.ca.

Living with Vision Loss Group: Vision Loss Rehabilitation Nova Scotia will be hosting a phone “Living with Vision Loss” 8-week session (formerly known as Adjustment to Vision Loss Groups) starting Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. If you think you’d benefit from joining these sessions or you’d like to find out more, please reach out to Ginny Sweet at Ginny.Sweet@vlrehab.ca or (902) 440-9835.

Trivia & Games Night: Jeff deViller will be hosting an interactive series of trivia and games with very, real prizes on the line this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. At the start of the call, Jeff will take attendance and create teams. We will then play games in rounds with teams being asked questions directly to avoid everyone answering at once. To participate, email jeff.deviller@cnib.ca and he will share with you both a link (if you want to participate through your computer) and a phone number (if you’d like to call in). Then all you have to do is login or call in at the time! Only call in if you’re ready to be a little silly and have a lot of fun!

Issues with Sighted Guides: Have you experienced issues when entering a pharmacy or grocery store with your sighted guide as a result of COVID-19 restrictions? You have rights! Please contact Shelley Adams at shelley.adams@cnib.ca and share your story. She may be able to provide advice, direction, and self-advocacy tools.

Stay safe.

On behalf of the CCB Blind Sports NS Family

COVID-19 Update from Blind Sports NS

In response to COVID-19, all Blind Sports Nova Scotia programs have been cancelled until further notice. 

This includes Goalball, Blind Hockey, tandem cycling, and running, and all demonstrations & volunteer engagements. 

To our members/participants, volunteers, and the community, we hope you stay safe and active responsibly during these challenging times. 

Our Blind Sports NS Annual Charity Auction fund raiser, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed until further notice.

The Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon has been postponed until the weekend of November 6th to 8th. We look forward to givin’ ‘er then!

We know staying physically and mentally healthy by getting active has been more challenging during these unprecedented events, which have us spending more time inside, so we’d like to share a few resources that may help:

www.blindalive.com The home of a complete set of the Eyes-Free Fitness® audio exercise programs. All programs are completely free for your downloading pleasure  — no strings attached. These programs allow you to stretch, strengthen, condition, and tone your body, all without the benefit of eyesight. All of these programs are thoroughly described with extra supplementary audio and text materials, should they be needed.

Reflect and Renew with Kevin Naidoo Prepare yourself for mind and body rejuvenation. Those with all levels of mobility can join host Kevin Naidoo on a self-transformation journey through thoughtful meditation and yoga.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and Links & Resources page for more ideas on how to stay active & healthy. We’d love to hear your ideas, too!

Canadian Blind Sports/Sports Aveugles Canada has postponed, until further notice, the 2020 Senior National Goalball Championships

2020 Canadian National Blind Hockey Tournament – Postponed

2020 Ontario Provincial Goalball Championships until further notice

– CCB Blind Sports NS family 

Bonvie MacDonald Grant helps grow goalball in antigonish

We’d like to extend a long overdue enormous THANK YOU to the Bonvie MacDonald Rinks to Links Golf Classic Grant for helping us grow opportunities in sport & recreation for youth in Antigonish through goalball! 

Pictured are Linda MacRae Triff & Peter Parsons (coaches) with Tariq, goalball player, and Craig MacDonald presenting the grant cheque.

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Learn more about Dennis Bonvie & Craig MacDonald, former NHLers who make the grant possible. 

5th Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament Nov 22-24 2019

THE RESULTS ARE IN! 

Men’s Division
1st – Nova Scotia
2nd – Quebec
3rd – Ontario

Rec. Division
1st – NS Women
2nd – Bob Juniors
3rd – Ship Recs

Check out the Facebook event for detailed scores. 

The 5th edition of the Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament is the only event of its kind in Atlantic Canada. The 2019  competition will host teams from Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. This opportunity to compete would not be possible without incredible sponsors!

Poster Description: A shoulders up profile photo of a person with short curly hair and wearing goalball eyeshades in deep focus. 5th Annual Nova Scotia Open Goalball Tournament Nov 22-24 2019 Citadel High, Halifax Admission is Free! Blind Sports NS and provincial coat of arms lion in yellow. Featured Sponsors logos include: Accel Physiotherapy & Sport Performance Centre; Accessible Media Inc; PNL Communications Group; CNIB Foundation.

THANK YOU to our GOLD sponsors this year! ACCEL Physiotherapy and Sport Performance Centre, a supporter of the tournament since day 1, and PNL Communications Group.

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Another Group Tandem Bike Ride Sun Aug 4!

We are gearing up for another tandem bike ride and you should join us!

For riders with some experience, this will be a 2 hour bike ride along the Chain of Lakes and BLT Trails.

Please find details below and RSVP as soon as possible. Tandem bikes & volunteer pilots are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

9:30 a.m. to approx. 12 p.m.  

RSVP by replying to this email 

call or text 902-449-0320 

Connect on Facebook 

At 9:30 a.m., we’ll Meet on Barnstead Lane at Halifax Alta Gymnastics (off of Bayers Rd & public transit accessible) and walk bikes a few blocks to the Chain of Lakes Trail Head.

Please let us know if this meet up location is not accessible for you or if there are any additional questions or requests (someone can meet you at a nearby bus stop).

We have a fleet of tandem bikes available for this ride. We provide helmets. 

We can offer a trained volunteer pilot for this ride, just let us know if you’ll need one! Volunteer pilots are available for those bringing their own tandem bike, too.

If you would like a friend or family member, who is a confident cyclist, to pilot a Blind Sports NS tandem bike, please let us know to ensure they receive orientation prior to the ride.

Friends & family with all types of bikes are welcome!!

If you’ll be joining us on your own bike and would prefer, feel free to meet us at the Chain of Lakes Trail head, right in front of Shoppers Drug Mart at Joseph Howe Dr. and Bayers Rd around 9:45-9:50.

We look forward to hearing from you! Learn more about tandem biking and how it works on our Tandem Biking page.