Blind Beginnings

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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A Statement Regarding Diversity and Inclusion

Even though diversity and inclusion are and always have been integral parts of the core Blind Beginnings values, we do of course recognize that there is always room for us to grow, listen, learn and participate in support of anti-racism. For this reason, we have formed a Diversity Committee that consists of board and staff members in order for us to take meaningful action in support of Black Lives Matter and other organizations that work against systemic racism against Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC).

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

**Update July 15, 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 as the Province continues to re-open.

The health and well being of our participants, our staff, our supporters, our families, and the greater community is of utmost importance and so face-to-face programs and events remain postponed. We have adapted our programs and have created alternate ways to participate with our Connecting through COVID-19 series of on-line programs and workshops. We are also now offering a host of adapted summer programming as well to augment our other programs that can be checked out on our Summer Programs page.

The Blind Beginnings office remains closed for now, but all our staff are still working and continue to be available by phone or email.

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

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!

NEWS & EVENTS

Reminder: Summer Hikes across BC!

Join us for Family-Friendly Hikes in Port Moody and Creston on Saturday August 22nd! We are having an incredible summer of hiking so far as we have been to Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver, Kokanee Creek Park near Nelson, and also have Nanaimo and Kelowna hikes planned for August 15th. We wanted to be able… Read more Reminder: Summer Hikes across BC!

Blind Beginnings Hikes Coming to Vancouver Island and Kelowna!

Join Blind Beginnings for Family-Friendly Hikes this August in Nanaimo and Kelowna! We had an amazing time hosting our last few socially distanced hikes at Pacific Spirit Park and Kokanee Creek Park, so we are doing it again — this time in Nanaimo and Kelowna on Saturday August 15th! Hiking is a great way to not… Read more Blind Beginnings Hikes Coming to Vancouver Island and Kelowna!

Limitless Podcast Episode 7 Goes to the Movies!

Episode 7 of the Podcast has arrived, and this week was is hour long round table discussion of Blind representation in a variety of movies and TV shows. We had such a great time recording the episode, we had a hard time capping the discussion off. We could have probably gone on for another hour!… Read more Limitless Podcast Episode 7 Goes to the Movies!

Active Beginnings: Yoga and Fitness!

Get Active with us! While regular physical activity is important at any age, it is especially important for children and youth. Most studies show that children and youth ages 5 to 17 should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day. The benefits of regular exercise can help: develop… Read more Active Beginnings: Yoga and Fitness!

Summer Hiking Program across BC!

It’s time to get back to nature! With all that has been going on in the past few months, the opportunity to get outdoors and participate in physical activities while experiencing the wonder of nature is more important than ever. That’s why we have decided to offer several socially distanced hikes this Saturday July 25, 2020 in… Read more Summer Hiking Program across BC!