We are excited to announce that tickets for our latest 50/50 Draw are now on sale! Tickets are $10 for a single ticket or $25 for a pack of 3 and the winner will walk away with HALF of the ticket sales! Get yours today, help support Blind Beginnings and the work we do and… Read more 50/50 Draw Tickets Now on Sale!
Join us on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 for a screening of the new documentary, “Through My Eyes”! We are so excited to have you join us to screen a very special documentary entitled, “Through My Eyes” by Candice Macalino and Jaeger Mah that features our very own Executive Director, Shawn Marsolais. This mini-documentary takes viewers… Read more We’re Having a Movie Screening Fundraiser!
We are currently seeking 2-3 individuals who are interested in joining our Fundraising/Events Planning Committee. This Committee organizes a variety of Fundraising Events such as our annual Gala and Trivia Night. We are looking for candidates who enjoy teamwork and are excited to plan and execute social events, and have a desire to support young… Read more Volunteers Needed – Fundraising & Event Planning Volunteers
On Saturday June 26th, we had a blast exploring George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary as part of our Family Community Discovery program. After over a year apart, it was amazing to see some families in person! We spent our morning walking through the sanctuary and listening to some unique bird sounds. After finding some… Read more We Discovered the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary!
Do you love a great story full of adventure? Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary spin on Wonderland takes us down the rabbit hole with Alice, a girl with a lot of questions. Get ‘curiouser and curiouser’ this spring with a musical retelling of the classic tale that has captured imaginations for generations. Come join us on Wednesday, July… Read more Join us for Alice in Wonderland – July 14th!
We are excited to announce that our Virtual Summer Camp registration is now open! Don’t wait, sign up now for the Virtual Event of the Year! While we will miss seeing everyone in person and being in the Great Outdoors, we once again have a lot of great activities planned and we just know we… Read more Virtual Camp 2021 Registration now Open!
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!