Blind Beginnings

A message to the Blind Beginnings Community
regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

**Update April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to our daily lives, and to the operations, and services and programs of our organization.  We are monitoring the situation closely, and are following all recommendations from B.C.’s Minister of Health.

The health and well being of our participants, our staff, our supporters, our families, and the greater community is of utmost importance and so we have decided to postpone face-to-face programs and events. We have been working hard to adapt our programs and have created alternate ways to participate such as Connecting through COVID-19, a series of on-line programs and workshops.

We have decided to close the Blind Beginnings’ offices for the time being. Staff are still working and available by phone or email.

We have also made the decision to postpone our Gala until November 6th at which time we hope to celebrate and socialize with all of you.

This is an ever-evolving situation and we will continue to re-evaluate, respond, and communicate with our community.

These are challenging and extraordinary times and it is more important than ever to be kind and compassionate to each other. We feel that together, we can work through this!

If you have any questions please contact one of our staff.  For program updates specifically contact carrie@blindbeginnings.ca

Our Mission

Blind Beginning’s mission is to inspire children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families through diverse programs, experiences, counseling and peer support, and opportunities to create fulfilling lives.

Our work is made possible by the generosity of our donors and sponsors. To make a  one-time donation, please click here. To make a monthly donation, click here.

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NEWS & EVENTS

Expanding Our Connecting through COVID-19! – a series of online groups and workshops

Dear Families, Registrations have been coming in steadily for our new online workshops and support groups.  So much so, that we have expanded some  of them.  If you haven’t already done so, please check these out and sign-up.  Here they are again with a few additions:   Meet a Youth Mondays Each week Shawn will… Read more Expanding Our Connecting through COVID-19! – a series of online groups and workshops

Strategies for Surviving Social Distancing

Creating Confidence Workshop Youth aged 13 – 19 from across BC are invited to this month’s Online Creating Confidence Youth Workshop, where we will be talking about strategies for surviving social distancing! With schools being closed indefinitely, and all of us being told to stay home, the days are feeling long.  What can we do… Read more Strategies for Surviving Social Distancing

Gala 2020 Postponed

Gala 2020 – Our Vision is Limitless is postponed until November 6th Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic our Gala Dinner & Auction scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been postponed until Friday, November 6. The annual Gala Dinner and Silent Auction is an important fundraiser for Blind Beginnings as well as an opportunity for… Read more Gala 2020 Postponed

Baby Beginnings on March 14

Our next Baby Beginnings Group will be meeting on Saturday March 14! Our Baby Beginnings Program, in partnership with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada BC,  is a drop-in monthly group for babies (under age 2) and their caregivers. This month we are excited to be adding a parent support component to the program. What to expect:… Read more Baby Beginnings on March 14

Monthly Online Parent Group on March 12

Our next Online Parent Group will take place on Thursday March 12 and we’ll be talking about advocacy.  When your needs are different than most people’s, you are often in a position of having to ask for something extra.  This can feel uncomfortable, emotional, or difficult until you work out a strategy that works for… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group on March 12