“In the world of vision loss, the invention of
braille must be compared to the invention of the printing press – its birth was nothing short of a revolution.

Edie Mourre Scholarship

Are you interested in pursuing a certification in Braille transcription? Or maybe you have always wanted to study Music Braille? Perhaps you have been contemplating pursuing Braille studies but the cost has held you back? Your time could be now!

The Edie Mourre Scholarship fund is intended to assist those who are pursuing employment as a braille transcriber or proofreader, or as an educator.

Eligible codes include: Unified English Braille, Code braille français uniformisé, Music Braille, or other braille systems.

For course information, consult the CNIB library at: http://www.cnib.ca/en/living/braille/Pages/Braille-Courses.aspx
or the Hadley School For The Blind at: http://www.hadley.edu/braillecourses.asp.

Eligibility Criteria

Successful applicants must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Over 18 years of age; and
  • Planning to study braille at an institution recognized as providing appropriate braille instruction.

Current members of the Braille Literacy Canada board and past recipients of the scholarship are not eligible.

Application Details

Download the application form (PDF document)

Applicants must submit a completed copy of the application form (as a text-based PDF document) to info@blc-lbc.ca by March 31st of each year in order to be eligible for consideration. Applications submitted in any other manner will not be considered.

All applications will be reviewed. The successful recipient(s) will be notified by e-mail and a public announcement of the award will be made in conjunction with the Braille Literacy Canada Annual General Meeting.

Terms and Conditions

  • The scholarship funds will be sent to the successful applicant once we receive proof of registration to a recognized program.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who have no other means of funding.
  • The scholarship is awarded annually, funds permitting.
  • The board may choose to award all or part of the funds requested by the successful applicant.
  • The board may also award more than one scholarship at a time or reserve some of the available funds for the following year.
  • If no applications are received or if the board deems that none of the applicants meets the eligibility criteria, the application deadline can be extended or the scholarship can be suspended for that year.

Keep the Scholarship Going

Braille Literacy Canada would like to continue to offer a scholarship in Edie’s name to help encourage people to become transcribers and promote braille literacy. Please donate now. (All online donations to the Edie Mourre Scholarship Fund are processed through the Vancouver Foundation.)

Should you rather send in a donation, please do so at:

Braille Literacy Canada
c/o CNIB
1929 Bayview Ave.
Toronto Ontario, M4G 3E8

About Edie Mourre

Edie became an employee of the CNIB in September 1977. She worked for the library in the Winnipeg office as the head of the recording studio and of braille production. She also worked for several years as a braille transcriber.

The loss of Edie in the Braille world was immeasurable. Her capacity for braille and for life was boundless.

Edie was Treasurer of the Canadian Braille Authority and chair of the English Braille Standards Committee, as well as the parent committee for the Tactile Research Project. She also served on the Early Literacy Materials Production Committee of the Braille Authority of North America, and as a member of the Unified English Braille Formats Committee of the International Council on English Braille.

Edie Mourre died on Wednesday April 25th 2007. She continued to transcribe braille until a couple of days before her death.