The Journey to Independence


The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) has sought to improve the lives of generations of blind Canadians. Established in 1918, this philanthropic organization has guided blind people out of a time of poverty and abuse, bringing them the same rights and freedoms as all Canadians.

This book explores the history of the CNIB - from the men who crafted its charter to the people who have made it so successful. Millions of Canadians have been touched by the services it provides or by its message of hope. The CNIB has left a legacy in Canada’s legislative, judicial, and cultural fabric, and it is a history that must be told.


"a most inspirational story. The book discusses Canada's role, and the idea those lacking eyesight have found there is dignity and hope through the help of others and the Canadian Institute for the Blind."

Shelf Life (July, 2005)

"an exemplary case study of an organization founded by the blind"

Disability Studies (January, 2006)

About the Author

Euclid Herie

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014

Euclid Herie

Euclid Herie was born in Manitoba in 1939 with congenital cataracts. When he was 16, his eyesight failed. He attended the School for the Blind in Brantford and then studied social work at the University of Manitoba. He began working for the CNIB in 1977, was appointed managing director in 1983, and retired in 2001.