News & Updates

NEW Podcast Episode 32 – Programs at Blind Beginnings

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

NEW Blog Post – Beyond the Pencil

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“.  

Winter Programs for 2021 Announced!

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!

Poems for the Holidays!

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!

Blind Beginnings Online Holiday Party is Dec. 12th!

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!

Announcing our Holiday Poem Contest!

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!

Baking With Blind Beginnings Returns!

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!

New Teen Tech Online Workshops

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

Last Chance to Buy Gala Tickets!

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!

Wine List for the Harvesting Hope Online Gala is Here!

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!

Silent Auction 2020 Now Live!

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!

Harvesting Hope Online Gala 2020 Tickets Now on Sale!

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!

Limitless Podcast Goes Back to School

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

New Program and Volunteer Coordinator

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

Limitless Podcast 10th Episode is Here!

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!

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!