Shawn Marsolais

“When being blind doesn’t make you different, it stops being the thing people see first.”

Shawn Marsolais, Founder of Blind Beginnings

Blind Beginnings is a non-profit organization striving to guarantee quality of life for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted by promoting equal access to the world’s resources and opportunities. We seek to challenge the limits of what is deemed possible for blind and partially sighted children and to establish a strong foundation on which to build rich and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, and their families, providing diverse programs, experiences, counselling and peer support, and opportunities for them to create fulfilling lives.

We envision a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless possibilities.

Programs & Services

 

  • Junior Explorers Program
  • Youth Leadership Program
  • Parent-to-Parent Support Program
  • Family Community Discovery Program
  • Workshops for the Community
  • Counseling & Consultation

 

Blind Beginnings is Unique
  • Our focus is on children and youth, and issues affecting them
  • We are family directed; A minimum of 60% of the Board must be blind or a family member of children who are blind or partially sighted
  • We share a “no-limits” philosophy that challenges any attempts to limit what blind or partially sighted children are capable of doing or achieving
  • We embrace and value blindness and visual impairment as an expression of the range of human diversity
NEWS & EVENTS

2016 Summer Camp Announcement

Blind Beginnings 2016 Summer Camp Programs   It’s time to start planning for summer and Blind Beginnings has two summer camp programs for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families! Camp Hornby – July 21 to 25 on Hornby Island Family Adventure Camp – August 25 to 28 on the… Read more 2016 Summer Camp Announcement

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Community Discovery invitation to tour a Coast Guard Station!

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce a Community Discovery outing to a Coast Guard Station! Join us as we tour the Coast Guard Station on Sea Island in Richmond. We will have the opportunity to explore the station, learn about the various operations that are conducted out of the base, and see and touch some… Read more Community Discovery invitation to tour a Coast Guard Station!

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Preschool Community Discovery Outing Tuesday July 19

Families with preschool aged children who are blind are invited to a Preschool Community Discovery outing next Tuesday July 19! We will be visiting Deer Lake and renting Pedal Boats for a morning water excursion. All equipment required will be provided by Deer Lake Boat Rentals. Directly following the boating fun, join other Blind Beginnings… Read more Preschool Community Discovery Outing Tuesday July 19

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It’s time for PLAYLAND!!!

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our annual Community Discovery outing to Playland!     When: Thursday August 11, 2016   Who: Youth 10 years or older who are members of Blind Beginnings   Cost: Your admission to Playland, and an All Day Ride pass, will be provided by Blind Beginnings. Please bring a bag… Read more It’s time for PLAYLAND!!!

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