News & Updates

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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