FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre. If you have a question that does not appear below, please contact us.

Q1. Are you CNIB?

A1.No. The Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre is a partnership between the Pacific Training Centre for the Blind and the Camp Bowen Society for the Independence of the Blind and Deafblind, two grassroots organizations led by and serving blind and Deafblind people.

Q2. How will the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre affect Camp Bowen’s summer independence camps?

A2. The summer camps themselves won’t change. We plan to keep all the elements that make Camp Bowen the camp you have always loved. The Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre will allow us to continue running our programs and ensure their survival in the face of rising accommodation costs.

Q3 Why is the current day program model PTCB has been using going away?

A3 PTCB’s long-term goal has always been to offer intensive, live-in style training. The day program was always a stop-gap measure designed to support students while a full centre was developed. The day program currently offers a mere 2.5 hours of training per student per week, while the full program offered at the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre will offer 40 hours per student per week. This increase will ensure students can complete all of the training they need to live life independently in 6 to 10 months.

Q4. I am a current PTCB student in the Blind People in Charge: Core Stream. How will the transition to the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre affect me?

A4. As a student in the current Blind People in Charge: Core Stream, you will be given priority on the wait list for the Blind People in Charge: Immersion Stream, which replaces the Blind People in Charge: Core Stream. If you are unable to make the transition to the Immersion Stream, we will continue to support you in Victoria until you complete your training. These types of situations are being reviewed on a case by case basis but be rest assured that we will make sure there is a plan in place for you to graduate.

q5. I am a current PTCB student in the Blind People in Charge: Focused Stream. How will the transition to the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre affect me?

A5. As a student in the current Blind People in Charge: Focused Stream, you will not be affected by this change. Classes will continue to be delivered to you as they have been during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also have an option to be added to the wait list for the Blind People in Charge: Immersion Stream, which replaces the Blind People in Charge: Core Stream.

Q6. I am a blind or Deafblind Canadian. How does the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre benefit me?

A6. For a list of benefits that will be offered to people who are blind or Deafblind by the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre, go to this section.

Q7. Where is Bowen Island and why will the centre be located there?

A7. Bowen Island is a small community that is located near West Vancouver. It has the benefits of a small town and the advantages of being near a big city. Bowen Island itself is an ideal location because of its quiet streets, which are particularly suited to independent travel instruction, and friendly locals who are used to blind and Deafblind people from years of camps being run on the island. It is only a short ferry ride away from West Vancouver, where there are opportunities for teaching more advanced travel training, such as navigating malls and crossing additional types of intersections. From a camp perspective, Bowen Island’s unique relationship to the blind and Deafblind community that has been fostered over more than fifty years of camps provides an understanding of blindness above and beyond that of other communities. Local support, which is vital to the successful running of the summer independence camps and the blindness/Deafblindness skills training program, is excellent on Bowen Island.

Q8. I am a member of the Bowen Island community. How does the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre impact the Bowen Island community?
A8. For a list of benefits that will be offered to the Bowen Island community by the Bowen Island Recreation, Training and Meeting Centre, go to this section.