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

2016 Gala Dinner & Auction

Purchase tickets now! Blind Beginnings is excited to invite you to our 6th Annual Gala Dinner & Auction! Thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters, last year’s Gala raised approximately $42,000. We are hopeful that this year’s event will be our most successful Gala yet! As usual you can look forward to a… Read more 2016 Gala Dinner & Auction


Parent 101 Assistive Technology Workshop

Blind Beginnings in partnership with CDBA-BC Present… Parent 101 – A workshop series for parents of children who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind A great opportunity to network and share!            Parents of children who are blind, partially sighted, or deafblind are invited to attend our upcoming workshop on Assistive Technology! Come out… Read more Parent 101 Assistive Technology Workshop


Youth Leadership Training Weekend

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our 6th Youth Leadership Training Weekend! This exciting program is offered to youth who are blind or partially-sighted between 13 and 19 years of age, from across BC. The program is for youth to develop transferable employment skills including; public speaking, communication, mentoring, active listening and empathy, organization and time… Read more Youth Leadership Training Weekend


Invitation to Ladies Night Fundraiser

An invitation to a Ladies Night Out in support of Blind Beginnings!   Enjoy an evening out with your girlfriends and find out what’s in store for you in 2016! You can expect delicious appies, wine, and a short tarot card reading.   When: Saturday February 20, 2016 Time: 6:00 – 11:00 pm Where: 3521… Read more Invitation to Ladies Night Fundraiser