News & Updates

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

10th Annual Gala and Auction!

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 their families. Join us, our celebrity MC Arran Henn,… Read more 10th Annual Gala and Auction!

Creating Confidence Workshop on Independence

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

Community Discovery to the Vancouver Public Library

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

Trivia Night Wrap-Up

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

2020 Award and Bursary

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

Baby Beginnings on February 8

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

Monthly Online Parent Group on Feb 13

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!

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.

Early Intervention Family Retreat on Vancouver Island March 6-8

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

Youth Leadership Weekend April 17-19

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!

Trivia Night tickets are selling fast. 100 tickets sold already, get yours before it’s too late! To purchase your ticket click here.        

SPUD Update

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.

Trivia Night 2020

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

Thank you YVR for Kids!

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!

Community Discovery outings in the Okanagan in 2020!

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!

Online Seeing Things Differently Parent Support Group

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

Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Goal-Setting

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

New Baby Beginnings Program

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

Monthly Online Parent Group

Topic for the next online Parent Group is Self-Care! Yeah, yeah, self-care is important.  You know that, you hear that all the time.  Making time for yourself will benefit your child.  That’s fine for other parents, but your situation is different.  Or is it? Join us on January 9 and let’s find out if other… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group

Save the Dates!

  Looking ahead to 2020? We have two fun-filled events to pencil into your calendar. Our Trivia Night at Moose’s Down Under will held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and our “2020 Our Vision is Limitless” Gala and Auction will be held on May 2, 2020 at the Italian Cultural Centre. More information on these… Read more Save the Dates!

Community Discovery to Grouse Mountain to Try Skiing

Mark your calendar in January 2020 for our first Community Discovery to Grouse Mountain to try skiing! What: Come join us on Saturday, January 25 for some downhill skiing with Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS). The day will start with a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain, followed by a two hour intro to skiing session and a group hot chocolate in the ski lodge.… Read more Community Discovery to Grouse Mountain to Try Skiing

Community Discovery to Falcon Lanes Bowling in Kamloops

You’re invited to knock it out of the lane with us at an afternoon of bowling and pizza! What: Bowling, pizza, and a chance to make connections and have fun with other visually impaired children, youth, and their families. When: Saturday December 7 Time: 1-3 PM Where: Falcon Lanes Bowling, 2020 Falcon Road, Kamloops BC… Read more Community Discovery to Falcon Lanes Bowling in Kamloops

Monthly Online Parent Group on Dec 12

Next Online Parent Group topic is arming yourself for the unexpected! As we approach the holidays, you will likely be encountering more people than usual. Extended family and friends you haven’t seen in a while, and/or strangers in the malls and grocery stores.  Friends and family will likely have questions about how things are going with… Read more Monthly Online Parent Group on Dec 12

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Our #GivingTuesday goal is to raise $2500 to support our programs and services for children and youth in BC who are blind or partially sighted, and their families. » Learn more   International Day of People with Disabilities Today we also celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Today is a special day… Read more Giving Tuesday

Reminder: Creating Confidence Youth Workshop this Friday Nov 29

A reminder to register for our Creating Confidence Youth Workshop, where we will be talking about how to make people comfortable with our visual impairment. This Friday’s workshop will be especially EXCITING because we will be filming some video footage, which will be part of a promo video for Blind Beginnings. We really hope to… Read more Reminder: Creating Confidence Youth Workshop this Friday Nov 29

Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Friday November 29

Youth aged 13 – 19 from across BC are invited to this month’s Creating Confidence Youth Workshop, where we will be talking about how to make people comfortable with our visual impairment! Making others comfortable begins with us being comfortable.  Join us at 7:00pm as we talk about: Misconceptions people may have about blindness What… Read more Creating Confidence Youth Workshop on Friday November 29

Annual Holiday Party on December 14

Blind Beginnings invites you to our annual Holiday Party on Saturday December 14th This year we are trying something new and we hope you will be as excited about this as we are. You and your family are invited to a Blind Beginnings Breakfast with Santa! What to expect: A delicious pancake breakfast with pancakes,… Read more Annual Holiday Party on December 14

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

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