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 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


Sports Day May 7, 2016 Jr. Explorers

Junior Explorer’s Sports Day!   On Saturday May 7, our Metro-Vancouver Junior Explorer’s Club is partnering with BC Blind Sports to hold a Sports Day in Richmond! This club meeting will take place as part of the Seeing Beyond the Horizon Conference.  All children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are invited along… Read more Sports Day May 7, 2016 Jr. Explorers



Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our 2016 Gala Dinner & Auction raised approximately $32,000. Thank you to our sponsors Fairtrade Works, Ventana Construction, Air Canada, Accessible Media, Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Rock 101, CKNW, and Classics Agency. Thanks also to all the individuals and businesses that donated items for our live… Read more UPDATE ON BLIND BEGINNINGS GALA