Dear Families, Thanks so much to those of you who filled out our Connecting Through COVID program surveys. We have taken your suggestions into account to create our online program plan for June. Many programs are continuing, but possibly on a different day or at a different time. Some programs will be scaled back to every two weeks,… Read more Connecting through COVID-19 Virtual Programming for June!
Blind Beginnings youth from across BC are invited to our May Creating Connections Workshop! On Friday May 29, we will be hosting a QuentinC Game Night, a free online gaming platform made for individuals who are blind or partially sighted. We have pre-picked 3 games including Uno, 99 and Connect 4! For a detailed description of each game follow this… Read more Creating Connections Workshop on Friday May 29
Blind Beginnings families from across BC are invited to our May Virtual Community Discovery outing to a nature trail or park near you! Even though we can’t come together in-person yet, Blind Beginnings is committed to offering virtual opportunities for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families to continue to do… Read more May Virtual Community Discovery Outing
May 5th, 2020 is #GivingTuesdayNow, which has been organized as an opportunity for people all over the world to generously donate to organizations in their communities and stand together, connect, and heal. It is a global day of action to help bring about unity and address the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. COVID-19 initially struck… Read more Giving Tuesday Now – May 5th 2020
Blind Beginnings youth from across BC are invited to this month’s Creating Connections Workshop! Creating Confidence has been temporarily changed to Creating Connections. On the last Friday evening of each month youth who are blind or partially sighted 12 years and older are invited to connect online for what we are now calling our Creating Connections… Read more Creating Connections Workshop- An opportunity for youth to socialize and connect
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 – 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
It’s starting to feel like spring in the Lower Mainland! And that means our migratory birds are returning from their overwintering grounds down south. Come join us to learn about our local bird species at our March Community Discovery outing to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary. What: This outing will be composed of two parts, an interactive… Read more Community Discovery to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Gala 2020 has been postponed until November 6, 2020 Join us for our 10th Annual Gala and Auction! Since 2010, Blind Beginnings Annual Gala Dinner and Auction has raised a total of over $280,000 to create and deliver programs, services and counselling to support BC’s children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and… Read more 10th Annual Gala and Auction!
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our February Community Discovery outing to the Vancouver Public Library! What: Come join us on February 29 for an interactive workshop led by the Vancouver Public Library. Families will have an opportunity to learn about the resources available at library such as described video, audio-books, accessible service’s card and much more.… Read more Community Discovery to the Vancouver Public Library
Our popular fundraising event returns on February 1, 2020! Come and test your trivia knowledge while raising funds for Blind Beginnings’ programs that help children and youth who are blind or partially sighted reach their full potential. Grab your friends and join us for an evening of feel-good fun! When: Saturday, February 1, 2020 Where:… Read more Trivia Night 2020
What: The first one of 2020 will be on Saturday, January 25th. We will be going to 5-pin bowling! There will be some options for modifications such as using a bar to get a straight shot and a ball ramp for anyone who needs it. Come out for some good times at the lanes and… Read more Community Discovery outings in the Okanagan in 2020!
Looking ahead to 2020? We have two fun-filled events to pencil into your calendar. Our Trivia Night at Moose’s Down Under will held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and our “2020 Our Vision is Limitless” Gala and Auction will be held on May 2, 2020 at the Italian Cultural Centre. More information on these… Read more Save the Dates!
Mark your calendar in January 2020 for our first Community Discovery to Grouse Mountain to try skiing! What: Come join us on Saturday, January 25 for some downhill skiing with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS). The day will start with a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain, followed by a two hour intro to skiing session and a group hot chocolate in the ski lodge.… Read more Community Discovery to Grouse Mountain to Try Skiing
You’re invited to knock it out of the lane with us at an afternoon of bowling and pizza! What: Bowling, pizza, and a chance to make connections and have fun with other visually impaired children, youth, and their families. When: Saturday December 7 Time: 1-3 PM Where: Falcon Lanes Bowling, 2020 Falcon Road, Kamloops BC… Read more Community Discovery to Falcon Lanes Bowling in Kamloops
Giving Tuesday Our #GivingTuesday goal is to raise $2500 to support our programs and services for children and youth in BC who are blind or partially sighted, and their families. » Learn more International Day of People with Disabilities Today we also celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Today is a special day… Read more Giving Tuesday
Blind Beginnings invites you to our annual Holiday Party on Saturday December 14th This year we are trying something new and we hope you will be as excited about this as we are. You and your family are invited to a Blind Beginnings Breakfast with Santa! What to expect: A delicious pancake breakfast with pancakes,… Read more Annual Holiday Party on December 14
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our December Community Discovery outing to Bad Hats Theatre’s Peter Pan play with audio-description! What: Come join us for an afternoon to Neverland with pirates, lost boys, a ticking crocodile and a child who never wants to grow up. With live folk music, this imaginative adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s… Read more Community Discovery to an audio-described theatre production of Peter Pan
Youth aged 13 – 19 from across BC, are invited to this month’s Creating Confidence Youth Workshop where we will be talking about Being Active! Join us at 7:00 PM on November 1st to talk about: Why it is important to be active The wide range of sports & activities we can do What to… Read more Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Being Active
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our Community Discovery outing to ArtStarts for a hands-on “Create Your Own Planet” workshop. What: Do you like art and crafts? Are you curious about the mysteries of the solar system? Join us for a make-your-own planet activity involving yarn and ribbon in a galaxy themed Maker Space. We… Read more Community Discovery to ArtStarts
Last chance to register for the “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group. There are still a few places left! Parents of children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are invited to participate in our “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group. You have a child with a visual impairment which means life is now… Read more “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group
Blind Beginnings in partnership with Vision Loss Rehab-BC Vision Specialists, is pleased to invite your family to an Early Intervention Family Retreat! When: October 25, 26, and 27, 2019 Who: Children who are blind or partially sighted from birth to three years of age from Metro Vancouver, accompanied by their parents and siblings Where: Alexandra… Read more Early Intervention Family Retreat
Blind Beginnings families from the Okanagan region are invited to a Community Discovery outing to Planet Bee on October 5! What: A guided hands-on experience of Planet Bee, including: honey tasting, learning about the life of a honeybee during a 20-30 minute presentation from the staff. When: Saturday October 5th, 2019 Time: 12:45 p.m. Where:… Read more Community Discovery in the Okanagan to Planet Bee
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our September Community Discovery outing to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge! What: We will start off with a guided hike of Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge. We will then explore the Lynn Canyon Ecological Centre, where we will have an opportunity to have a guided touch… Read more Community Discovery to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge
Our AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck is coming up on September 7th. We hope to see you there! Your participation in this year’s AGM is very important to Blind Beginnings Society as we will be putting forward a special resolution to make changes to our by-laws. Who: Any member of Blind Beginnings is welcome to attend –… Read more AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck
We are selling some pottery – available for pick-up at our office (227 6th Street, New Westminster, BC) on weekdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm by appointment. Over the years a very generous artist, Vic Harrison, has donated his beautiful pottery to our annual Gala fundraiser. We would like to see these leftover pieces find a… Read more Pottery for Sale
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our annual Community Discovery outing to Playland! When: Thursday, August 8, 2019 Who: Youth 10 years or older who are members of Blind Beginnings Cost: Your admission to Playland, and an All Day Ride pass, will be provided by Blind Beginnings. Please bring a bag lunch or money to… Read more Community Discovery: Playland
A Blind Beginnings Youth Newsletter – Written and published by our youth who are blind or partially sighted. Subscribe to our mailing list. Limitless News – Spring 2019 Edited by: Jinnie Saran Contributors: Jillian Sloane, Kolby Zanier, Clement Chou, and Rose Nobahari. In This Issue: What’s Happened Trivia Night – Jillian Sloane Community Discovery Braille Day… Read more Limitless News – Spring 2019 Issue
Blind Beginnings has an excess of pottery that we are selling to raise funds for our programs that support children and youth who are blind and partially sighted to reach their full potential. When: Wednesday, June 26th from 4:00 – 7:00pm Where: Blind Beginnings office (227 6th Street, New Westminster, BC V3L 3A5). The selection… Read more Blind Beginnings Pottery Sale
Come and try blind tennis! Yes, you read that correctly. Tennis is another popular sport that has been adapted so that people who are blind or partially sighted can play. The ball makes noise and is soft, so if it hits you it doesn’t hurt. Also, it bounces before you hit it back, making it… Read more Come and Try Blind Tennis