Making Connections & Building Confidence 2020

Molly & Bridget

During our annual fundraising campaign this year, we’re celebrating the connections and confidence that children, youth and families experience as they participate in our programs and services. We have a long way to go to meet our goal of $15,000!

Your donation changes lives.

In the photo above, Molly and Bridget are sitting on their bunk bed showing off their friendship bracelets after a very successful first camp away from home.

This was a big year for Molly and Bridget, who have been good friends for a few years now. In early July of this year, the two girls took part in a three-day Creating Confidence Workshop where they got to practice basic budgeting, making independent purchases for a personal hygiene product, and practice social etiquette when eating out.

Molly & Bridget at Bus stopJust over a week later, Molly and Bridget went off to Camp Hornby without their families for the first time!

The girls got to further practice being independent with keeping their suitcases organized, getting dressed independently every morning, and locating the correct bunk bed in the cabin.

Through these activities, Molly and Bridget gained confidence that continues to grow every day! In the photo, left they wait at a bus stop with friends.

Fundraising goal $15,000Molly and Bridget’s lives have been forever changed by their friendship and the confidence they have gained from participating in Blind Beginnings programs.

Your donations made that happen—please continue to ensure that Limitless Potential Is All We See is a reality for all children and youth in BC who are blind or partially sighted.

All donations to Blind Beginnings go directly to providing programs and services for children and youth just like Molly and Bridget.

Shawna & Charlie make connections

Shawna and CharlieIn October 2019, Blind Beginnings held our second Early Intervention Retreat for children birth to two years old, accompanied by their parents.

Early Intervention Specialists from Vision Loss Rehabilitation BC assisted with the program. The goals of this retreat were to provide:

  • a greater understanding of how to encourage early literacy and mobility for your child with a visual impairment
  • tips for making family outings more meaningful and accessible
  • an overview of services and resources available to your child
  • an opportunity to meet and network with other families who are also experiencing visual impairment for the first time

Five families attended the retreat and the highlight of the retreat was the opportunity for families to connect. Shawna describes the benefits of participating in the Early Intervention Retreat with her son Charlie;

We are so grateful for the opportunity to connect with other parents who are sharing this journey with us. It was incredible to find common ground with other families from across the Lower Mainland. I don’t feel so alone now!

Watch Shawn Marsolais interacting with a child at the Early Intervention retreat in the video below. Click video image to play.

 

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