Our Donors & Supporters

Blind Beginnings is very grateful to all of the individuals, businesses and foundations that have shared its vision and invested in the implementation of its programs for the benefit of BC children with visual impairments and their families. Since our inception in 2008, we have grown tremendously because of the generosity of our donors and volunteers, without whom we could not provide the programs and services we offer to BC’s children who are blind or visually impaired and their families.

Thank You Volunteers!

Outside of our dedicated Board members, Blind Beginnings is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers who donate hundreds of hours a year to making our organization the best it can be.

Thank You Donors


Former Contributors

Al Roadburg Foundation

BC Masonic Foundation/Vancouver Masonic Lodge #68


F.K. Morrow Foundation

New Westminster School Board

Telus Community Board

Ventana Construction

Westminster Savings logoWestminster Savings Credit Union

Westminster Savings Foundation is one of the largest credit union foundations in Canada, contributing over $1.7 million to community organizations since 1992. Since 2010, the Foundation has contributed $40,050 to Blind Beginnings programs.

2010     Became one of the founding patrons of our Youth Leadership Network

2012     Contributed toward our Junior Explorers Program through funding of the New Westminster Junior Explorers Club

2014    Helped to fund our Family Community Discovery Program, enabling families to participate in our annual Family Adventure Camp and in our monthly Community Discovery Outings

Westminster Savings is committed to supporting the communities we share with our neighbours. We are exceptionally pleased to partner with Blind Beginnings to help provide a range of opportunities and experiences to youth who are blind or visually impaired, in turn allowing them to reach their potential and set new goals.

Nicole Eich, Foundation and Community Investment Manager
Westminster Savings Foundation

Coast Capital logoCoast Capital Savings

One of Coast Capital Savings’ key areas of interest is ‘building leadership skills in youth‘. Thus, they were a natural fit to help launch our Youth Leadership Network in 2010. They continue to be one of our most consistent supporters, contributing $26,000 to date.

2010    Collaboration with Westminster Savings and Ventana Construction to launch the Youth Leadership Network

2012    Support for the Family Community Discovery Program

2014    Funding for the Leadership Training weekend – Youth Leadership Network

2015    Contribution to the Youth Leadership Network

Telus logoTelus Community Board

With a focus on helping youth reach their potential through socially innovative programs and new applications for using technology, Telus has provided two grants to Blind Beginnings totalling $22,000.

2011  Telus Community Board of Vancouver became a sponsor of the Youth Leadership Network

2014  Contribution to the 2015 Youth Leadership Network

Vancity logoVancity Savings Credit Union

Vancity, which seeks “to empower individuals in the community with the skills and abilities to build their self-reliance”, is a proud supporter of our Youth Leadership Network, contributing a total of $19,500 to date.

2012    Through a Community Project Grant, made a contribution to the Youth Leadership Network

2013    Support from the New Westminster Branch for the What Happens After Grad Workshop and for a family to attend the 2013 Gala Dinner and Auction.

2013/14    Funding for Leadership in Action – Youth Leadership Network

“The work that you are doing with the Youth Leadership Network and the What Happens After Grad workshop is amazing.  Your programs are so valuable to the development of important skills that will help these youth as they enter the work force and start a new and exciting stage in their life.

Sheryl Ries, Branch Manager
New Westminster Community Branch
Vancity Savings Credit Union

Chris Spencer Foundation

The Chris Spencer Foundation is committed to helping boys, girls, young men and young women become better citizens. They were the first foundation to approve a grant to Blind Beginnings in July 2009 and have contributed a total of almost $13,000 to date.

2009    Contribution toward the Parent to Parent Support Program

2012    Support for the Junior Explorers Program

2013    Funding for the Family Adventure Camp – Family Community Discovery Program

CKNW  logoCKNW Orphans’ Fund

Total contributions to date = $10,500

2011    First contribution to the Family Adventure Camp

2012    Sponsor of 2012 Family Adventure Camp

2013    Sponsor of 2013 Family Adventure Camp

2014    Sponsor of 2014 Family Adventure Camp

Vancouver Sun Children's Fund logoVancouver Sun Children’s Fund

Total contributions to date = $9,000

2012   First contribution toward the Family Community Discovery Program with sponsorship of 2012 Family Adventure Camp

2014   Sponsor of 2014 Family Adventure Camp

Mountain Equipment Co-op LogoMountain Equipment Co-op

Total contributions to date = $8,500

2012    Support for the Family Community Discovery Program with a contribution of camping equipment and supplies for the Family Adventure Camp.

2013    Funding for the Family Adventure Camp

Lohn Foundation

The Lohn Foundation was the first sponsor of our Echolocation Workshop in 2009. The Foundation has granted a total of $7,500 to Blind Beginnings to date.

2009    Contribution toward the Echolocation Workshop

2010     Contribution toward the Echolocation Workshop

2013    Contribution toward the Echolocation Workshop

Edith Lando Foundation

Total contributions to date = $6,500

2010    Contribution toward establishing Blind Beginnings’ first Junior Explorers Club in New Westminster

2013    Support for the Echolocation Workshop

2014    Contribution to the Junior Explorers Club

Phyliss and Irving Snider Foundation

Total contributions to date = $6,500

2011    Contribution toward the New Westminster Junior Explorers Club

2013    Support for the Echolocation Workshop

Vancouver Foundation logoVancouver Foundation

Total contributions to date = $6,000

2013    Contribution toward the Parent to Parent Support Program, which enabled us to launch a pilot project series of educational workshops for new parents. The grant was made possible by partial funding from the Seaview Fund, Cody’s Fund and Phyllis Griffin Memorial Fund.

RBC  logoRBC Foundation

2012    Sponsor of the 2012 annual Gala Dinner & Auction

2013    Sponsorship of eight Blind Beginnings member families to attend the 2013 Gala

BC Provincial Govt LogoThe Province of British Columbia

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia since 2013.

2013    Made a Community Gaming Grant to Junior Explorers ProgramYouth Leadership Network and Family Community Discovery Program

2014     Made a Community Gaming Grant to Junior Explorers ProgramYouth Leadership Network andFamily Community Discovery Program