About the Fund The Lori Sheppard Memorial Fund was created in December of 2006 and is held in trust by the Vancouver Foundation. Lori was an impassioned advocate who embraced life. She was active in campaigns for the United Way, CNIB, and the 20/20 Foundation. She was the Founder and Executive Director of PAWS International… Read more Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Lori Sheppard Memorial Fund Bursaries
Want to join the Blind Beginnings Team? We are excited to announce we are looking to fill out our team! We are searching for a detail oriented, proactive and collaborative individual to join our small but mighty team to assist the Director of Operations with donations management, donor recognition and general administrative assistance. The person… Read more We’re Hiring – Donor Relations and Administrative Assistant
We are excited to announce the openings for two temporary, part time, paid Program Assistant positions. Responsibilities of these Program Assistants would include assisting the Executive Director and Program Coordinator with the planning, coordination and implementation of Blind Beginnings programs including summer camp activities for children, youth, and families, to help with program evaluation, and… Read more We’re hiring Program Assistants!
We are so excited to partner with Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) and the BC Vision Teachers’ Association (BC VTA) to host a “Partners in Resiliency – Seeing Mental Health Differently” Community Day on May 13th. This will be a community-focused day of virtual workshops that address important topics connected to mental… Read more Join us for “Partners in Resiliency – Seeing Mental Health Differently” Community Day on May 13th!
Easter is almost here and in the spirit of the season our Executive Director, Shawn Marsolais, has submitted an article on the Limitless Blog this week that outlines some ideas on how to make Easter Egg hunts a little more accessible for children that are blind or partially sighted. Hop on over to the Limitless… Read more Make Your Easter Egg Hunts More Accessible!
We are so excited for this week’s Limitless Podcast, where Shawn and co-host Jinnie have an incredible conversation with author Amanda Leduc about everything from representation of disability in fiction and fairy tales, person-first language, and much much more! A huge thank you to Amanda for stopping by and talking with us! Head on over… Read more Talking With Author Amanda Leduc on Limitless!
Huge thanks to everyone who attended our Trivia Night on Saturday night and helped make it a success – thanks to you, we raised just over $4100! We had a lot of fun, and congratulations to the team “We Are Llamas” who ended up winning the evening in a nail-biting tie-breaker round. Thank you to… Read more Trivia Night Was a Huge Success!
Are you feeling lucky? Do you like money? Are you interested in helping support Blind Beginnings with our mission to inspire and support BC children and youth who are blind or partially sighted and their families? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then you should head on over to https://blindbeginnings.rafflenexus.com and… Read more Blind Beginnings 50/50 Tickets Now Available
Let’s get Trivial! We are so excited to announce the return of Trivia Night — this time in an online format so we can all gather together virtually from the safety and comfort of our own homes! Come join us on March 6, 2021 at 7PM PST and test your trivia knowledge and compete for… Read more Trivia Night Online Version 2021 Announced
Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! In celebration of this very pink holiday, Jinnie has submitted an article over at the Limitless Blog detailing the various ways in which teachers can make Valentine’s Day classroom activities more accessible and inclusive for students who may be blind or partially sighted that she has titled, “From the Heart”. Check… Read more NEW Blog Post – From the Heart
White Cane Week is February 7 – 14, and in anticipation of this week long celebration of everyone’s favorite mobility aid, this week’s Blog post is entitled “White Cane Chronicles”. If you’ve every wondered about the different types of white canes and what their main differences are, this is the post for you! Check it… Read more NEW Blog Post – White Cane Chronicles
This week we were so excited to be talking to musician and producer Joey Stuckey on the Limitless Podcast! Joey joined us all the way from Macon, Georgia for an entertaining, informative and inspiring conversation about everything from losing his sight to his experiences being a blind performer and producer. We had such a great… Read more NEW Podcast Episode 33 – Let’s Meet Joey
This week on the Limitless Podcast we meet two Blind Beginnings staff members, Rob Mineault and Emily Burkholder, and discuss the different programs that are being offered over the next few months of 2021. It’s a glimpse behind the scenes of Blind Beginnings and a chance to get to know some of our staff that… Read more NEW Podcast Episode 32 – Programs at Blind Beginnings
Pushing back against society’s assumptions about blindness can be both a challenge as well as a transformative experience, and this week’s blog post from Jinnie describes her personal experience within the Creative Writing program at her University. Check out her submission, “Beyond the Pencil“.
We are so excited to be announcing our Program lineup for Winter 2021! Many of our more popular programs from the Fall are continuing to run through the Winter, including Baking with Blind Beginnings, Exploring Work Wednesdays, but we also have a few new additions that we are very excited about as well! Check our… Read more Winter Programs for 2021 Announced!
Earlier this month we put the call out for Holiday related poems from our youth, and we are thrilled to be able to share those submissions over on this week’s Limitless Blog! Head on over to the Limitless Blog and check out these wonderful poems by these talented youth. A huge thank you to all… Read more Poems for the Holidays!
Get ready to don those ugly Sweaters, fire up Zoom and meet us in the Blind Beginnings Zoom Room on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:30pm PST for a day full of Holiday related fun and events! Dress in your best Holiday outfit, and join us in the Blind Beginnings Zoom Room for an afternoon… Read more Blind Beginnings Online Holiday Party is Dec. 12th!
Want to be published on the Blind Beginnings Limitless Blog as part of our Special Holiday post on December 24th? Send us your very own poem about the winter or Holiday season no later than December 13th and our committee will pick the top 5 submissions and publish them on the December 24th blog post.… Read more Announcing our Holiday Poem Contest!
We are so excited for November’s installment of our highly popular Baking with Blind Beginnings! Join us on Saturday, November 28th from 10:15 am to 12 pm where we will be doing things with Zucchini that will have the chocolate lovers in your household drooling and wanting more! That’s right, we’re baking Chocolate Zucchini Loaf… Read more Baking With Blind Beginnings Returns!
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new set of online Workshops to our Fall Programs that will focus on technology. With so many programs and services going exclusively online, we wanted to create a series of Workshops that specifically centers on technology, both to educate youth on what’s available, as well as to… Read more New Teen Tech Online Workshops
If you haven’t purchased your ticket for the Blind Beginnings Harvesting Hope Gala on October 17, there’s not much time left! Ticket sales will be cut off tomorrow, October 16th at 12:00 PM PST! Don’t miss out on this year’s Gala and get yours now! And while you’re at it, text ‘GALA‘ to 604-706-1880 and get… Read more Last Chance to Buy Gala Tickets!
As part of the Blind Beginnings Harvesting Hope Online Gala, we’ll be having an interactive wine-tasting lesson where everyone at home can join in. For reference, here’s the wines that we’ll be using for the demonstration. These can be purchased at most BC Liquor Stores. Kendall Jackson Chardonnay – $24.49 Murphy Goode Pinot Noir –… Read more Wine List for the Harvesting Hope Online Gala is Here!
As many of you know from years past, one of the highlights of any Blind Beginnings Gala has always been the Silent Auction. Even though we’ve gone virtual for this year’s celebration, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue that tradition. We’re thrilled to be able to offer up this year’s 2020 Silent Auction as an… Read more Silent Auction 2020 Now Live!
We’re thrilled to announce that our Harvesting Hope Online Gala 2020 tickets are now on sale! Tickets are $30, which will not only grant you access to the evening’s activities, but also enters you into a draw for one of several great door prizes being drawn throughout the evening! Come join us for night of… Read more Harvesting Hope Online Gala 2020 Tickets Now on Sale!
We are excited to be talking about going back to school in our latest episode of the Blind Beginnings Limitless Podcast. With COVID still in our lives, this year is very different for many students all over the world, and this week we’ve assembled some of our youth to discuss some of the concerns, worries,… Read more Limitless Podcast Goes Back to School
It’s a bittersweet time for our organization. As some of you may know by now, we are losing our current Program and Volunteer Coordinator, Carrie Tse, who will be moving to London in September to be with her fiancé. Many of our Program youth and organizational partners have come to know and appreciate Carrie in… Read more New Program and Volunteer Coordinator
We are officially in the double digits! To celebrate the milestone of our 10th episode, we thought it would be fitting to look inwards to one of our most valuable members of the Blind Beginnings community, none other than our esteemed President of the Board, Betty Nobel! Jinnie and Shown talk with Betty about her… Read more Limitless Podcast 10th Episode is Here!
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!
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!
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!