Blind Beginnings Events

Community Discovery in the Okanagan to Planet Bee

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

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Community Discovery to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

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

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AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck

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

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Pottery for Sale

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

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Community Discovery: Playland

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

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Limitless News – Spring 2019 Issue

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

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Blind Beginnings Pottery Sale

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

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Come and Try Blind Tennis

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

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Creating Confidence Workshop

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our Summer Creating Confidence program – July 9 – 11, 2019 For children who are blind or partially sighted from 10 to 15 years of age. Fitting in can be hard.  For children who are blind or partially sighted, it has added social challenges.  Whether we can see or… Read more Creating Confidence Workshop

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Opening night at Picture ‘Perfect’: Blind Ambitions art exhibit

UPDATE (May 31, 2019): Due to low registration, Blind Beginnings is not attending this event as a group. Families are still welcome to attend this event as it is free and open to the public. Instead, Blind Beginnings will go to the Picture ‘Perfect’: Blind Ambitions exhibit on Monday, June 3rd from 10-11am. Join Blind Beginnings… Read more Opening night at Picture ‘Perfect’: Blind Ambitions art exhibit

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Parent Appreciation Lunch

Back by popular demand, Blind Beginnings is hosting a Parent Appreciation Lunch where the children and youth will prepare lunch for their parents under the guidance of an Independent Living Specialist (ILS), while the parents get to chill out, drink tea, and play board games. When: Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 11:30am-2:00pm. Where: Bridgeview Community Centre (11475 126a St,… Read more Parent Appreciation Lunch

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Thank You for a Successful 2019 Gala!

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every person who contributed to our 2019 Gala Dinner & Auction on April 6th. It was a fabulous night with over 225 people there to celebrate our successes over the past year and to raise much-needed funds for our ongoing programs that change the… Read more Thank You for a Successful 2019 Gala!

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Tandem Cycling Program Update

  As the weather is getting nicer and more cyclists are hitting the streets, Blind Beginnings would like to update our members on the status of the Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling Club. Effective May 2019, the Tandem Cycling Program has been taken over by the BC Blind Sports & Recreation Association. When the Buddy-Up Tandem Cycling… Read more Tandem Cycling Program Update

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Our 2019 Summer Camp Programs

Summer is just around the corner and Blind Beginnings is offering two summer camp programs for children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families! Camp Hornby: July 19 to 23 on Hornby Island at Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre Family Adventure Camp: August 15 to 18 at Camp Whonnock in Maple… Read more Our 2019 Summer Camp Programs

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Community Discovery outing to Kangaroo Creek Farm

Blind Beginnings families from the Okanagan region are invited to a Community Discovery outing to Kangaroo Creek Farm on May 25! What: A guided hands-on experience of Kangaroo Creek Farm in Winfield, BC. When: Saturday, May 25th Time: 10:15 a.m. Where: 3193 Hill Road, Lake Country (Winfield), BC. *Meet up with Jessica at the top… Read more Community Discovery outing to Kangaroo Creek Farm

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Flash Sonar & Self-directed Discovery Workshop Series

Blind Beginnings is excited to once again partner with Daniel Kish of Visioneers, for a Flash Sonar & Self-directed Discovery Workshop series May 24, 25 and 26! Daniel Kish only comes to Blind Beginnings every two years, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet and learn from him. We have an entire weekend… Read more Flash Sonar & Self-directed Discovery Workshop Series

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Join Blind Beginnings in the Scotiabank 5k!

Blind Beginnings is excited to be entering a team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Run on Sunday June 23. We are one of the official participating charities and we have the opportunity to fundraise as part of the event. We’re looking for Blind Beginnings families and volunteers to join our team and run or walk 5km… Read more Join Blind Beginnings in the Scotiabank 5k!

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2019 Youth Leader Training Weekend

Our popular Youth Leader Training Weekend is back! This program is offered to youth who are blind or partially-sighted between 13 and 19 years of age, from across BC. The program is intended for youth to develop transferable employment skills including; public speaking, communication, mentoring, active listening and empathy, organization and time management, team building and… Read more 2019 Youth Leader Training Weekend

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Community Discovery Outings are Coming to the Okanagan!

The first one of 2019 will be on Saturday, February 23rd. We will be going 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 an opportunity to… Read more Community Discovery Outings are Coming to the Okanagan!

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2019 Gala Dinner & Auction

Blind Beginnings is pleased announce our upcoming 9th annual Gala Dinner & Auction! Thanks to the generosity of our guests, in 2018 our Gala raised over $40,000 to support the limitless potential of children and youth! Together with you we hope to see this event continue to grow, with increasing funds raised to expand our services… Read more 2019 Gala Dinner & Auction

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Community Discovery Braille Day at Blind Beginnings

Some of our Youth Leaders are excited for the opportunity to share their skills with other children and youth who are blind or partially sighted on Saturday February 23! Join us to participate in a braille research study, and also have an opportunity to be introduced to braille music, and/or the slate and stylus! When:… Read more Community Discovery Braille Day at Blind Beginnings

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Next Online Parent Group: Meet Working Blind Adults

Most parents who are raising a child who is blind or partially sighted worry about whether or not their child will some day have a job.  There is a high unemployment rate for persons who are blind after all, so this is a valid concern.  Thankfully lots of us do have jobs, and on Wednesday… Read more Next Online Parent Group: Meet Working Blind Adults

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Creating Confidence Workshop (Online)

Blind Beginnings is excited to be bringing our Creating Confidence Workshop to youth aged 14 – 18 from all regions of BC! Fitting in can be hard.  For children and youth who are blind or partially sighted, it has added social challenges.  Whether we can see or not, what we look like is often the… Read more Creating Confidence Workshop (Online)

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Introducing 2019 Online Drop-In Parent Groups

Blind Beginnings is excited to be creating an online community of support for parents raising children who are blind or partially sighted.  Starting this month, you will be able to meet other parents from across BC who are also raising children who are visually impaired, all from the comfort of your home. We are launching… Read more Introducing 2019 Online Drop-In Parent Groups

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Blind Beginnings Trivia Night 2019

BLIND BEGINNINGS TRIVIA NIGHT 2019 For the second year, our popular fundraising event returns on February 2, 2019! Come and test your trivia knowledge while raising funds for Blind Beginnings’ programs that help children who are blind or partially sighted reach their full potential. When: Saturday, February 2, 2019 Where: Moose’s Down Under – 830 West Pender… Read more Blind Beginnings Trivia Night 2019

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January Community Discovery – Aquarium Wet Lab

We are kicking off our 2019 Community Discovery Outings with a behind-the-scenes Wet Lab experience at the Vancouver Aquarium! Participants will get to handle live animals that live in BC waters, organized by local habitat and ecosystem and will learn about a variety of local marine ecosystems. Here’s what the Vancouver Aquarium has to say… Read more January Community Discovery – Aquarium Wet Lab

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Blind Beginnings Family Holiday Party

Come celebrate the holidays with other Blind Beginnings families. We will have a pot-luck, some live music, a festive craft, and a game or two to spread some holiday cheer. Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and Frozen dresses encouraged. When: Saturday, December 15th, 2018 Time: 12:00-3:00pm Where: Sapperton Hall: 318 Keary St, New Westminster (Lower level –… Read more Blind Beginnings Family Holiday Party

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Give Now Campaign 2018

Our 10th Anniversary Year was a great success—thanks to you! 2018 has been a remarkable year for Blind Beginnings. With your support we offered educational and experiential workshops, pre-employment training, summer camps and recreational activities to help British Columbia’s blind and partially sighted children and youth develop the skills, confidence and independence necessary to live… Read more Give Now Campaign 2018

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Family Ice Skating Event

On December 7, join Blind Beginnings for a family skate! From 5:45 – 6:45pm, we have a sheet of ice just for Blind Beginnings families. Whether you’ve never put on a pair of skates or you’re a speed-skating superstar; everyone is welcome to join! Skates, helmets, and ice sleds will be available for loan. When: Friday,… Read more Family Ice Skating Event

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Community Discovery: Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Blind Beginnings is going bouncing at Sky Zone! Come join us.  Join us for a hour of bouncing and playing at the Sky Zone trampoline park in Surrey! Blind Beginnings has rented out a section of the facility just for our members – it will be a safe space for children of all sizes and… Read more Community Discovery: Sky Zone Trampoline Park

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