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2011 AMI-tv Assignments

Canada Pacific Railway Holiday Train - December 17, 2011

The CP Holiday Train is a 14-car freight train loaded with goodies and entertainers and covered with over 100,000 lights. All donations of money and food support the food banks in the local community where the train stops. AMI was on location in Port Moody, the original end point for the CP Railway, and the end of the 2011 CP Holiday Train journey.

Kristy and the CP Holiday Train

Bright Nights in Stanley Park - November 28, 2011

For 14 years, the BC Firefighters Burn Fund and Stanley Park have teamed up to put on Bright Nights in Stanley Park, a display of interactive Christmas scenes and more than 2 million lights. Make a donation, ride the Christmas train and chat with Santa and other animated characters for a great cause! Watch 2011 Bright Nights in Stanley Park.

Kristy with Santa and Gingy

99th Grey Cup Media Accreditation - November 2011

Kristy with Grey Cup accreditation

The Risk Takers Series, Episode 1 - August 17, 2011

This is the first half of the first episode in the Risk Takers series. The Risk Takers are people who find a way over or around obstacles in their lives that can seem overwhelming. Confronted with failure they find something within themselves that helps them make their way forward on a difficult road and to live a life that’s worthwhile. AMI sat down with Mark Bentz, owner of Electra Health Floor and a massage therapist who is blind. Mark has overcome several business challenges to become the success that he is.

Kristy at Electra Health Floor

Adaptive Sailing - August 12, 2011

The best part of summer for many people is spending time on the water. I love the water too, so when I heard that the Disabled Sailing Association of BC offers sailing lessons for people with disabilities, I couldn’t resist signing up!Watch Adaptive Sailing.

Kristy in sailboat

Vancouver Post-Riot Cleanup - June 16, 2011

I was very proud to cover this heart-warming display of civic pride for Accessible Media. Signatures of love and apology covered plywood wals after volunteers descended on Vancouver to help with the cleanup. Watch the 2011 Post-Riot Cleanup in Vancouver.

Kristy signing Wall of Hope

Comic Vision - May 4, 2011

Accessible Media was the accessible broadcast sponsor for Comic Vision 2011. This event is one way in which the Foundation Fighting Blindness raises awareness of its quest to find a cure for retinitis pigmentosa. Watch Comic Vision 2011.

Kristy at Comic Vision 2011

The Politics of Blindness - April 21, 2011

We travelled to Victoria to interview Graham McCreath whom we first met in February during a protest by the Canadian Federation of the Blind. He told us about his book "The Politics of Blindness". Graham has generated controversy with his book’s implication that the CNIB does not support Canadians with vision-loss.

Kristy with Graham McCreath

"Marvin's Millions": An ICARE Success Story -

The ICARE Program has been pairing trained literacy tutors with adult students for 30 years. We interviewed Daniel, author of "Marvin's Millions", who also happens to be an ICARE student. He and his tutor have been working together for six years. Marilyn Smitshoek, literacy instructor, and Dawn Black, MLA for New Westminster, were also interviewed for this segment. Watch "Marvin's Millions."

Kristy with ICARE student and author, Daniel

Festival du Bois - March 5, 2011

The Festival du Bois is a celebration of the spirit of Quebec here in BC. It’s a spirit which started over a century ago with the first settlers of Maillardville and which has blossomed for over 20 years in the Festival du Bois. Watch the Festival

Kristy in Maillardville

Rally for Change - February 15, 2011

The Canadian Federation of the Blind gathered in force in front of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria to say it’s time for publicly funded training and support for the blind in BC. I caught up with Elizabeth Lalonde, President of CFB, as well as some of the rallyers.

Kristy in front of the Parliament Buildings

Delicias de Alicia - February 9, 2011

I grew up in the cradle of the Caribbean so I know good food. Alicia Agulera does all the cooking in the Cuban restaurant that she and her husband, Rolf, own. Alicia has been blind from birth. I sat down to learn more about this courageous couple. ¡Vamos à Delicias de Alicia! Watch interview at Delicias de Alicia.

Kristy with Alicia and Rolf

The Vancouver Eclipse - January 28, 2011

Every week since 1995, the Vancouver Eclipse has been meeting to play a game of ice hockey. It started when Gary Steeves, who had played on blind ice hockey teams in Calgary and Toronto met Rob Cammozzi, another visually impaired hockey player. Thanks to their dedication over the years we still have a weekly hockey program and the possibility to be part of a national blind hockey movement. I caught up with the team at practice and interviewed key players.

Kristy at Riley Park Ice Rink

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