Shawn Marsolais
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 visually impaired 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 visually impaired children and to establish a strong foundation on which to build rich and fulfilling lives.

Our Mission is to provide children and youth with the necessary opportunities, experiences and family/community support to reach their full potential.

Programs & Services
  • Workshops for children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, and their parents
  • Training Programs
  • Organized Family Activities
  • Awareness Presentations
  • Counseling and 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 family members of children who are blind or visually impaired
  • We share a “no-limits” philosophy that challenges any attempts to limit what blind or visually impaired 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

Reserve your tickets for Blind Beginnings Has Talent

Blind Beginnings Youth Leaders present… Blind Beginnings Has Talent! Please come out to Sapperton Hall in New Westminster on Saturday May 30th and support Blind Beginnings at our 3rd Annual Blind Beginnings Has Talent Fundraiser! Blind Beginnings Youth Leaders have organized an exciting talent show to raise funds for the continuation of the very successful… Read more Reserve your tickets for Blind Beginnings Has Talent

BB Has Talent is looking for you!

‘Blind Beginnings Has Talent’ is looking for you Blind Beginnings presents … Blind Beginnings Has Talent! Do you have a talent to show? Do you sing? Dance? Play an instrument, tell jokes or another talent? We’re looking for you! When and Where? May 30, 2015, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Doors open at 6:30 Sapperton… Read more BB Has Talent is looking for you!

Our final Junior Explorer’s Club activity involves a special secret!

Our final Junior Explorer’s Club activity involves a special secret! Another successful year of our Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorer’s Club is wrapping up on Saturday June 6th!  Please join us from 10:00 am to noon at the Burnaby Neighbourhood House to learn about an exciting project we are working on.  It involves great music, dancing, raising… Read more Our final Junior Explorer’s Club activity involves a special secret!

Vancouver Island Jr. Explorers Year-end Picnic in Nanaimo

You are invited to join the Vancouver Island Junior Explorer’s Club for a year-end picnic in Nanaimo. Come take a walk with us along Nanaimo Harbor front and enjoy parks, shops, floating cafe´s, yachts, beaches and a crab dock where you may meet our local celebrity Lucy the harbor seal. Club participants can also look… Read more Vancouver Island Jr. Explorers Year-end Picnic in Nanaimo

AGM Invitation

You are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting for Blind Beginnings!   When: 2015 Saturday June 20th from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.   Where: 7915 Elwell St. in Burnaby.  Thanks very much to Marilyn Rushton, President of Blind Beginnings, for the use of her home for this event.   The event will begin with… Read more AGM Invitation