Directory of Community Programs and Services in Barrie Ontario

CNIB Foundation [Central East]

Site: Barrie

Service: Nanji Family Foundation Smartlife Centre and Community Hub

Record #: BAR3367
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2024
Last Full Update: 06 Mar 2024


Toll Free Phone 1-800-563-2642, CNIB Foundation Contact Centre
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Primary Contact Lucia Ricardo, Program Lead; Phone: 705-728-3352 ext 5281; Email:
Alternate Contact Carole Hipwell, Coach, SmartLife and Accessible Technology; Phone: 705-728-3352 ext 6639; Email:


Address & Map
90 Collier St, Unit 5
Barrie, ON
Canada L4M 1H3
Mailing Address 90 Collier St, Unit 5 
Barrie, ON 
Canada L4M 1H3
Physical Access Fully Accessible


Description (Service)

Provides programs and services that focus on meeting the social and emotional needs of people living with vision loss to enhance their independence and to be the leader in promoting vision health

  • nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and vision health for all Canadians
  • Call 1-800-563-0887 or
  • CNIB Phone It Forward Program: accept donations of smartphones
    • Smartphones may be donated and provided to people with sight loss who need them, along with technical training as required
    • Visit CNIB - Phone it Forward for the donation registration process and link to see if your phone is eligible for donation.
    • Visit FAQ | Phone It Forward for directions on how to prepare your phone for donation or other questions regarding the program
    • Call 1-833-554-5020 for more information
    • a tax receipt will be provided
  • Falls Prevention:
    • changes in vision, whether associated with the aging process or other causes, can increase the risk of falling
    • use of services and programs provided by CNIB can help those experiencing vision loss remain independent
    • orientation and mobility services may help seniors be more aware of their surroundings, thus making falls less likely

Service Details

Legal Status (50) Non Profit ; (51) Registered Charity
Hours SmartLife Centre Barrie: Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm

Program Hours: vary
Areas Served Muskoka District ; Simcoe County
  • Anyone experiencing difficulties as a result of a vision loss
  • self referral
  • Drop-in for on-site inventory (e.g. magnifiers, sunglasses, talking timers) and to view and try out higher tech products
  • Technology Assistance
    • Contact Carole Hipwell, Technology Coach, by phone 705-728-3352, ext 6639 or email for an in-person appointment
  • Community Engagement Programs
Languages English; French - Website, Publications
Fees None - No charge to participate in programs activities unless otherwise indicated

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