News & Updates

Reminder: Summer Hikes across BC!

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!

Blind Beginnings Hikes Coming to Vancouver Island and Kelowna!

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!

Active Beginnings: Yoga and Fitness!

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!

Summer Hiking Program across BC!

It’s time to get back to nature! With all that has been going on in the past few months, the opportunity to get outdoors and participate in physical activities while experiencing the wonder of nature is more important than ever. That’s why we have decided to offer several socially distanced hikes this Saturday July 25, 2020 in… Read more Summer Hiking Program across BC!

New Summer Program Assistants

We are very excited to welcome our two new part-time Program Assistants that will be with us on a part-time basis for the duration of the summer! Kolby Zanier and Clement Chou will be doing outreach as well as helping us run some Summer Hikes programming in the Kootenays, Kelowna, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.… Read more New Summer Program Assistants

Limitless Podcast Episode 5 is Jamming!

Episode 5 of the Limitless Blind Beginnings Podcast is here and this week we are even more excited than usual as we welcome none other than international singer Jugpreet Bajwa aka ‘Juggy Jag’ to the show! We discuss a range of topics including what it was like to start performing at the age of 6… Read more Limitless Podcast Episode 5 is Jamming!

Tell Us Your Camp Stories!

Just because we aren’t able to physically be at Camp this year, doesn’t mean we can’t be there in our thoughts and spirit! In lieu of an actual campfire to sit around and share stories and experiences, we have decided to create a space in the virtual realm to do the same! In partnership with… Read more Tell Us Your Camp Stories!

Limitless Podcast Episode 3 Now Available!

Want to cook the perfect egg in the microwave? Ever wonder just what you can put in the compost and what you can’t? Do you spend your day wondering what the best way might be to sort your laundry? If you said yes to any of those things, this week’s show is for you! Actually,… Read more Limitless Podcast Episode 3 Now Available!

Blind Beginnings Gala 2020 Re-Scheduled and Going Virtual!

Because of the current restrictions placed on social gatherings in the Province and the uncertainty of those restrictions changing anytime soon, we regret to announce that we will be cancelling our Annual Blind Beginnings 2020 Gala that is currently slated for November 6, 2020 at the Italian Cultural Centre. As much as we love seeing… Read more Blind Beginnings Gala 2020 Re-Scheduled and Going Virtual!

Limitless Podcast Episode 2 is here!

Episode 2 of our Podcast, Limitless, has arrived and this week it’s all about feeling the burn! Shawn and her co-host Randi talk to Whitley Point, our Fitness and Yoga Instructor for our Active Beginnings Program , and discuss a wide range of topics, from the challenges of running an online described exercise program to  how… Read more Limitless Podcast Episode 2 is here!

Accessible Story Time and Baby Beginnings are pairing up this summer!

Our Online Baby Beginnings Program, in partnership with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada BC, is a bi-monthly drop-in group for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers who are blind or partially sighted and their caregivers. Parents of children birth to five years of age are invited to connect online every second Saturday.  We start at 9:00 am with a… Read more Accessible Story Time and Baby Beginnings are pairing up this summer!

Summer Online Programs 2020

Dear Families, We’re excited to share our online programs for July-August with you, so be sure to read through to see what’s being offered throughout the Summer! Harry Potter Book Club Children and Youth of all ages are invited to join us as we convert the Blind Beginnings Zoom Room into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and spend the… Read more Summer Online Programs 2020

Active Beginnings Yoga and Fitness Program

This summer we’ve had to get creative to come up with a way to introduce and encourage physical fitness among our members since we are not able to offer our usual in-person programs during COVID-19. Through our Active Beginnings Yoga and Fitness classes, children and youth who are blind or partially sighted will have opportunities… Read more Active Beginnings Yoga and Fitness Program

Harry Potter Book Club

ATTENTION ALL WITCHES AND WIZARDS! Do you solemnly swear that you are up to no good? Do you spend your evenings snacking on Bertie Botts (even the Vomit and Watermelon flavors)? Is your idea of a wonderful afternoon sitting at the Three Broomsticks Inn with a big mug of Butterbeer? If the answer to any… Read more Harry Potter Book Club

Summer Independent Living Skills Creating Confidence Workshop for Teens!

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our Summer Independent Living Skills Creating Confidence Workshop for Teens! July 16, 23, and 30, and August 6, 13, and 20, 2020  For youth who are blind or partially sighted from 13 to 19 years of age. Please register no later than Thursday July 9 In addition to the… Read more Summer Independent Living Skills Creating Confidence Workshop for Teens!

Limitless Blind Beginnings Podcast is here!

It’s arrived at last! Episode 1 is now available! We are so excited to be able to release the first episode of our Limitless Blind Beginnings Podcast! The podcast project has been a long time in the works, and during that process we’ve learned a lot about the challenges and hurdles in producing a regularly… Read more Limitless Blind Beginnings Podcast is here!

June Creating Connections Workshop- Harry Potter Theme Night!

Blind Beginnings youth from across BC are invited to our June Creating Connections Workshop!  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 our Creating Connections Workshop! This is an opportunity to socialize, connect and make new friends! I think we… Read more June Creating Connections Workshop- Harry Potter Theme Night!

RSVP for our 2020 Virtual AGM!

Just a reminder to RSVP for our Virtual Blind Beginnings AGM happening this Saturday June 20! We will also be doing our hoodie draw for those who completed our Connecting through COVID-19 online program feedback surveys. Here is a preview of our very fashionable Blind Beginnings Hoodie featuring an embroidered butterfly logo: When: Saturday June 20, 2020 Time: 12:30 – 3:00pm… Read more RSVP for our 2020 Virtual AGM!

Connecting through COVID-19 Virtual Programming for June!

Dear Families, We’ve made some changes to our online programming for June, so be sure to read through to see what’s being offered this week!  All of our programs are drop-in, and new participants are always welcome.   Kids Connect Support Group- Every Tuesday afternoon  Many children across BC are missing the social connection with other kids at school and in… Read more Connecting through COVID-19 Virtual Programming for June!

Blind Beginnings Summer Camp Programs Cancelled

Due to the announcement by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry that the Province will not be allowing overnight camps to operate this summer, it is with much regret that we are announcing the cancellation of our Summer Camp programs this year. As much as we are disappointed at having to cancel Camp Hornby and… Read more Blind Beginnings Summer Camp Programs Cancelled

Creating Connections Workshop on Friday May 29

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

May Virtual Community Discovery Outing

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

Giving Tuesday Now – May 5th 2020

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

National Volunteer Week 2020

To celebrate National Volunteer Week, we would like to take this time to stand up and applaud our volunteers and the integral roles they fill on the Blind Beginnings team. Simply put, Blind Beginnings could not provide the services, support or events without the tireless work that our volunteers do. Including our Youth Leaders, we… Read more National Volunteer Week 2020

Creating Connections Workshop- An opportunity for youth to socialize and connect

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

Strategies for Surviving Social Distancing

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

Baby Beginnings on March 14

Our next Baby Beginnings Group will be meeting on Saturday March 14! Our Baby Beginnings Program, in partnership with Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada BC,  is a drop-in monthly group for babies (under age 2) and their caregivers. This month we are excited to be adding a parent support component to the program. What to expect:… Read more Baby Beginnings on March 14

Monthly Online Parent Group on March 12

Our next Online Parent Group will take place on Thursday March 12 and we’ll be talking about advocacy.  When your needs are different than most people’s, you are often in a position of having to ask for something extra.  This can feel uncomfortable, emotional, or difficult until you work out a strategy that works for… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group on March 12

Community Discovery to the Reifel Bird Sanctuary

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

2020 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! 1. Camp Hornby (July 17-21) at Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Centre on Hornby Island 2. Family Adventure Camp (August 20-23) at Camp Byng in Roberts Creek, Gibsons… Read more 2020 Summer Camp Programs