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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 youth from across BC are invited to this month’s Creating Confidence Youth Workshop, where we will be talking about independence! We strive for independence on a daily basis whether it be at school, home or with friends, but what does it truly mean to us? Join us at 7:00PM as we talk about:… Read more Creating Confidence Workshop on Independence
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
Thank you for attending our Trivia Night on February 1st. We had an opportunity to test our trivia knowledge and enjoyed fun games like heads & tails, a silent auction, and of course a 50-50 draw! A big thank you to Moose’s Down Under for hosting the event and for providing the tasty appetizers. The… Read more Trivia Night Wrap-Up
We have two exciting opportunities coming up! One, the Blind Beginnings Seeing All People Award, to celebrate businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to ensuring that children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are included in the community. We’re calling on you, our member families, to submit nominations on what… Read more 2020 Award and Bursary
Our next Baby Beginnings Group will be meeting on Saturday February 8! 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. When: The 2nd Saturday of each month – next session February 8 Time: 10:30 AM – noon Where: the Blind… Read more Baby Beginnings on February 8
Next Online Parent Group Topic Is On Relationships Our next Online Parent Group will take place on Thursday February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. Now that I am a parent, Valentine’s Day is about making sure I remember to request the class list so we can print out Valentine’s cards to all the kids, and… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group on Feb 13
Trivia Night tickets are SOLD OUT! Thank you for your support in raising funds for Blind Beginnings’ programs that help children who are blind or partially sighted reach their full potential. We look forward to testing your trivia knowledge at Moose’s Down Under on February 1st.
Blind Beginnings in partnership with Vision Loss Rehab Canada BC Vision Specialists, is pleased to invite your family to an Early Intervention Family Retreat on Vancouver Island! We are expanding this opportunity to include children up to seven years of age. When: March 6, 7 and 8, 2020 Who: Children who are blind or partially sighted from birth… Read more Early Intervention Family Retreat on Vancouver Island March 6-8
Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our 2020 Youth Leadership Training Weekend! What: This is our 10th year running this program and it is offered to youth who are blind or partially-sighted between 13 and 19 years of age from across BC. The program is for youth to develop transferable employment skills including public speaking, communication, mentoring, active listening and empathy,… Read more Youth Leadership Weekend April 17-19
Trivia Night tickets are selling fast. 100 tickets sold already, get yours before it’s too late! To purchase your ticket click here.
Thank you to everyone who purchased produce boxes from SPUD to support this fundraiser for Blind Beginnings! We will receive over $250 from SPUD through this fundraiser. Unfortunately, SPUD has informed us that this fundraising initiative has come to an end as they no longer have the internal staff capacity to run this any longer.
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
A great big thank you to YVR for Kids and Clear Skies Children’s Foundation for the $7,000 donation towards our Community Discovery Program in 2020! We have some great outings planned! The first one is Skiing at Grouse Mountain, and we can’t wait! It is with donations like this that we can we can continue… Read more Thank you YVR for Kids!
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!
Parents of children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are invited to participate in our Online “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group You have a child with a visual impairment which means life is now different. On top of typical parenting, you have the added challenge of learning about an unfamiliar diagnosis, trying… Read more Online Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Group
Youth aged 13 – 19 from across BC are invited to this month’s Creating Confidence Youth Workshop, where we will be talking about goal-setting! As the year 2020 rolls in, we are asked about our goals for the new year and perhaps our future dreams and aspirations. Join us at 7:00PM as we talk about:… Read more Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Goal-Setting
Blind Beginnings is excited to announce our new Baby Beginnings program! 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. When: The 2nd Saturday of each month starting on January 11 Time: 10:30 AM – noon Who: Babies who… Read more New Baby Beginnings Program