News & Updates

Monthly Online Parent Group

Next Online Parent Group topic is Advocacy! What is advocacy you ask?  It’s just a fancy word for asking for what you need.  Being a parent of a child with a visual impairment means you will need to ask for some accommodations from time to time, and figuring out how to do that takes some… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group

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Community Discovery to an audio-described theatre production of Peter Pan

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our December Community Discovery outing to Bad Hats Theatre’s Peter Pan play with audio-description! What: Come join us for an afternoon to Neverland with pirates, lost boys, a ticking crocodile and a child who never wants to grow up. With live folk music, this imaginative adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s… Read more Community Discovery to an audio-described theatre production of Peter Pan

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Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Being Active

Youth aged 13 – 19 from across BC, are invited to this month’s Creating Confidence Youth Workshop where we will be talking about Being Active!  Join us at 7:00 PM on November 1st to talk about: Why it is important to be active The wide range of sports & activities we can do What to… Read more Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Being Active

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Community Discovery to ArtStarts

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our Community Discovery outing to ArtStarts for a hands-on “Create Your Own Planet” workshop. What: Do you like art and crafts? Are you curious about the mysteries of the solar system? Join us for a make-your-own planet activity involving yarn and ribbon in a galaxy themed Maker Space. We… Read more Community Discovery to ArtStarts

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“Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group

Last chance to register for the “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group. There are still a few places left! Parents of children and youth who are blind or partially sighted are invited to participate in our “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group. You have a child with a visual impairment which means life is now… Read more “Seeing Things Differently” Parent Support Group

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Early Intervention Family Retreat

Blind Beginnings in partnership with Vision Loss Rehab-BC Vision Specialists, is pleased to invite your family to an Early Intervention Family Retreat! When: October 25, 26, and 27, 2019 Who: Children who are blind or partially sighted from birth to three years of age from Metro Vancouver, accompanied by their parents and siblings Where: Alexandra… Read more Early Intervention Family Retreat

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Community Discovery in the Okanagan to Planet Bee

Blind Beginnings families from the Okanagan region are invited to a Community Discovery outing to Planet Bee on October 5! What: A guided hands-on experience of Planet Bee, including: honey tasting, learning about the life of a honeybee during a 20-30 minute presentation from the staff. When: Saturday October 5th, 2019 Time: 12:45 p.m. Where:… Read more Community Discovery in the Okanagan to Planet Bee

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Monthly Online Parent Group

Our monthly Online Parent Group is back, but at a new time! Each month Blind Beginnings invites parents who are raising children who are blind or partially sighted to connect online or over the phone.  Our new meeting time will be the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM. This is an… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group

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Community Discovery to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our September Community Discovery outing to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge!   What: We will start off with a guided hike of Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge. We will then explore the Lynn Canyon Ecological Centre, where we will have an opportunity to have a guided touch… Read more Community Discovery to Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

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Creating Confidence Workshop

Blind Beginnings is excited to be launching a new Creating Confidence workshop series for youth 13-19 that will be accessible to youth across BC! Each month we will focus on a topic that will be of interest to youth who are blind or partially sighted.  Some topics already being planned are: making friends, how and… Read more Creating Confidence Workshop

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AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck

Our AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck is coming up on September 7th. We hope to see you there! Your participation in this year’s AGM is very important to Blind Beginnings Society as we will be putting forward a special resolution to make changes to our by-laws. Who: Any member of Blind Beginnings is welcome to attend –… Read more AGM and Family BBQ/Potluck

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Click to Shop SPUD.ca

Buy fresh produce at Spud.ca to support Blind Beginnings!

Blind Beginnings has partnered with the online grocery store SPUD.ca! SPUD will donate 25% back from every produce box purchased from SPUD.ca/fundraising.  You can also purchase a variety of other natural and organic groceries from SPUD.ca with free home delivery! If you pay with gift cards from SPUD.ca/spudcards, a 10% donation will be made from… Read more Buy fresh produce at Spud.ca to support Blind Beginnings!

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Pottery for Sale

We are selling some pottery – available for pick-up at our office (227 6th Street, New Westminster, BC) on weekdays from 9:00am – 4:00pm by appointment. Over the years a very generous artist, Vic Harrison, has donated his beautiful pottery to our annual Gala fundraiser. We would like to see these leftover pieces find a… Read more Pottery for Sale

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Join Our Team — Board Member

Blind Beginnings General Board Member September 2019 Since 2008, Blind Beginnings Society has envisioned a world where seeing things differently inspires limitless potential for children in BC who are blind or partially sighted. Through educational and experiential workshops, pre-employment training, summer camps, recreational activities and individualized counselling, Blind Beginnings offers these youth opportunities to develop… Read more Join Our Team — Board Member

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Support our Blind Beginnings Team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Help us Reach Our fundraising goal of $1,000 before June 23. Meet the Blind Beginnings team members who are participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge 5k Run on June 23rd. Our three featured team members are Blind Beginnings Youth Leader Jinnie Saran, Blind Beginnings President Betty Nobel, and Blind Beginnings founder and Executive Director Shawn… Read more Support our Blind Beginnings Team in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

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Bursary Opportunity through Blind Beginnings

Blind Beginnings is honored to be taking over the administration of the Lori Sheppard Memorial Fund bursary. 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,… Read more Bursary Opportunity through Blind Beginnings

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Seeing All People Award

Call for Nominations Blind Beginnings Seeing All People Award We want to celebrate a business that leads by example! Do you know an outstanding business that should be recognized for their efforts in ensuring that children and youth who are blind and partially sighted are included in the community? We are calling on you, Blind… Read more Seeing All People Award

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Give Now Campaign 2018

Our 10th Anniversary Year was a great success—thanks to you! 2018 has been a remarkable year for Blind Beginnings. With your support we offered educational and experiential workshops, pre-employment training, summer camps and recreational activities to help British Columbia’s blind and partially sighted children and youth develop the skills, confidence and independence necessary to live… Read more Give Now Campaign 2018

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Call For Nominations to Board Of Directors

Are you passionate about children who are blind or partially sighted reaching their full potential? Are you forward thinking, reliable, organized, and like to contribute your skills and ideas? Do you have some skills in fund development, marketing, media relations, human resources, communications and social media, government relations, or event planning?  If so, then we’d… Read more Call For Nominations to Board Of Directors

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Seeing All People Award: Nomination Call

Happy New Year everyone! As the tenth year of Blind Beginnings starts up, we couldn’t be more excited about the wonderful opportunities for growth and celebration on the horizon!  One such opportunity is the introduction of a brand new award celebrating businesses that go above and beyond when it comes to ensuring that children who… Read more Seeing All People Award: Nomination Call

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We need your votes!

Help our youth become Employment Ready! What is the Aviva Community Fund? Blind Beginnings has applied to the Aviva Community Fund for a grant of $35,000 to launch a pilot program for Employment Readiness for our youth. The 15 ideas that receive the most votes will advance to the finals. If we don’t win for… Read more We need your votes!

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Community Discovery Outing to Playland

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our annual Community Discovery outing to Playland! When: Thursday August 10, 2017 Who: Youth 10 years or older who are members of Blind Beginnings Cost: Your admission to Playland, and an All Day Ride pass, will be provided by Blind Beginnings.  *Please bring a bag lunch or money to… Read more Community Discovery Outing to Playland

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7th Youth Leadership Training Weekend

Blind Beginnings is pleased to announce our 7th Youth Leadership Training Weekend! This exciting program 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, organization and… Read more 7th Youth Leadership Training Weekend

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Limitless News – The Blind Beginnings Youth Authored Newsletter is here for February 2017!

Limitless News Table of Contents: Highlights      Blind Beginnings Fourth Annual Talent Show.      Celebrating an Accessible Holiday Season 2016      Youth Support Group Coming Up      Blind Beginnings Gala      Youth Leadership Training Weekend Interest Pieces      Technology: The KNFB Reader      Sports      Personal Story Highlights Blind Beginnings Fourth Annual Talent Show *Picture… Read more Limitless News – The Blind Beginnings Youth Authored Newsletter is here for February 2017!

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