Blind Beginnings

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
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RSVP – For Peaceful Parenting Workshop Part 2

      Blind Beginnings, CNIB and CDBA are really pleased to be presenting Part 2 of a Two-Part Series: Is Peaceful Parenting a Pipedream? Thursday, December 8th 2016 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 227 6th Street in New Westminster   Note 1: Parents from outside the Metro-Vancouver area are welcome to attend via teleconference.… Read more RSVP – For Peaceful Parenting Workshop Part 2

Breakfast with Santa

RSVP to Breakfast with Santa – December 17th

Invitation for Junior Explorer’s to have Breakfast with Santa! Our Junior Explorer’s Club Activity this month is a festive breakfast with Old Saint Nick at the Bridgeview Community Centre in Surrey! You are invited on December 17th to join Blind Beginnings, the Bridgeview Community, and Santa Claus with some of his friends. There will also… Read more RSVP to Breakfast with Santa – December 17th


Community Discovery – A Christmas Carol

      Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol – A play described by VocalEye! Join us as we experience a Blind Beginnings holiday tradition: attending a VocalEye described production at Christmas time! A new twist on a holiday classic! An irreverent, funny and, ultimately, deeply moving retelling of Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, that re-imagines… Read more Community Discovery – A Christmas Carol


Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser

Dear families, friends, and supporters: With Thanksgiving comes the reminder that Christmas is fast approaching. If you’re like many of us, Purdy’s Chocolates make a great gift for all those hard to buy for people on your list.  Who doesn’t love chocolate? From the comfort of your home you can browse the wide selection of… Read more Purdy’s Chocolate Fundraiser