Christine Bonnett is a motivated individual. Active in the community, she is giving back after losing so much, and through this has gained much more.
“I was a very busy and a social person before I lost my sight,” said Bonnett. “I needed to focus my energy somewhere else.”
She got involved with CNIB, assisting with a transitional group (no longer running) as well as with fundraising activities of the organization.
“I became a client as I started losing my sight in 2001, and lost it all in June, 2006,” Bonnett said.
As she was still working, Bonnett connected with Employment Counsellor, Susan Elsey. Through CNIB, Bonnett was able to get a larger monitor, a large print keyboard, and ZoomText (enlarging software).
Bonnett used other CNIB services such as independent living skills training and mobility skills training.
In her gratitude towards CNIB, she gives back by helping with fundraisers such as Dining in the Dark.
Her community mindedness doesn’t stop there. She also volunteers for the Rotary Club of Winnipeg East AM. Following an invitation from a friend, she and her brother got involved.
“A few years back Christine who is a client of CNIB and a member of our Rotary club, wanted to hold a fundraiser for CNIB, so we jumped on board and started Dine in The Dark and have continued our support with this comedy night,” explained Geoff Archambault, current President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg East AM.
“Dine in the Dark dinner, where everyone eats blindfolded to get the experience of having to eat without sight,” said Archambault.
“This year we decided to rotate the dinner to every second year and to host the comedy night every other year to mix it up.
“Big Daddy Tazz has been helping us with the Dine in The Dark dinner since we started, so when it came time to mix it up a little, we automatically went back to Tazz for the comedy night. We wanted to make it a fun and affordable evening for everyone to attend,” explained Archambault.
“What inspires me is the ability to make a change, however big or small, in bettering the lives of those in need in your community,” Big Daddy Tazz explained,
“I knew when I was eight years old that I wanted to be a comedian. I love making people laugh. Started with the bullies at school and just continued on to my crowds today. Heck it doesn’t even have to be a crowd, it could be one person at the gas station,” said Tazz.
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg East AM also puts on an annual golf tournament held at Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, which helps the community internationally as well as locally. Projects supported include: River East Transcona School Division youth programs, the North End Family Centre building project, Rotary Sunrise Park in Kildonan Estates, Winnipeg Harvest and the Elmwood Community Resource Centre, as well as numerous other causes.
Bonnett is playing a leading role in the planning of this 15th annual Big Daddy Tazz & Friends Comedy Night, in support of CNIB services.
It promises to be a night of laughter, prizes and fun at Pantages Playhouse Theatre – 180 Market Ave, Winnipeg, on Fri. Feb. 26, 2016.
Doors at 6 p.m., show is at 7:30 p.m. by Big Daddy Tazz.
There will be a 50/50 and rainbow auction for some great prizes.
The evening features the comedic talents of:
Kelly Taylor (Just For Laughs)
Andrew Lizzotte (Winnipeg Comedy Festival)
The musical talent will be Keith & Renee and Phillips Smith.
Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at any of the Title sponsors 11 Wyatt Dowling Insurance locations across Winnipeg or by clicking here.
Tickets are also available at CNIB – 1080 Portage Ave. For more information call: 204-789-0947 or 204-949-2600
All net proceeds are to benefit CNIB and are kept local here in Winnipeg.