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BLC 2020 AGM to be held by virtual meeting only

Dear BLC members, supporters, and friends of the Canadian braille community: 

Over the past few weeks, we have been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. The circumstances and recommendations of health professionals have changed quickly over the past week, and it has been difficult to predict what the ultimate timelines will look like.

We want to first send a message of friendship, support and solidarity to all of you. On behalf of the entire board of Braille Literacy Canada, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts. We know that this may be a difficult and stressful time for many of you, and that it is important to adjust our routines and follow the guidelines from health professionals and the government in order to ensure the safety of everyone.

Given the importance of social distancing and the continued travel restrictions, the board of Braille Literacy Canada has decided that it will not be possible to hold the upcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting and 30th Anniversary Reception and that the in-person meeting scheduled to be held on May 8th in Toronto will be cancelled.

The AGM will instead take place, entirely via Zoom, at 11:30am Eastern time on Saturday, May 9th. In the coming weeks, we will provide the usual AGM information to our members as well as information about how to join us virtually through Zoom. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to write to us at info@blc-lbc.ca

Of course, we all value and look forward to seeing many of our friends each year, but our first priority is to ensure the safety of everyone. We are fortunate that we have the capability to hold the AGM through an entirely virtual platform. This year, we will gather together virtually, and look forward to in-person gatherings in future years.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our continued supporters (including AMI, which had been planning to sponsor the 30th Anniversary Reception, and whose support we greatly appreciate), donors, members, and volunteers who continue to make BLC what it is.

We will be in touch soon, and we always enjoy hearing from all of you. We send you our warmest wishes, and thank you for your understanding.

Natalie Martiniello
President, Braille Literacy Canada