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Notice of the BC Blind Sports and Recreation Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING and IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION

The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Association will be held:
At 1:00 p.m., on Saturday October 19 2019

In the YMCA Boardroom (3rd floor above the Blind Sports Office)
5055 Joyce Street Vancouver, BC
(Please ring the doorbell to enter)

Attending in person – Please let us know if you will be attending in person.

Attending by telephone – Please let us know if you will be attending by phone, and please also confirm which email to send the dial in information to.

  • We will circulate the dial in information closer to the meeting.
  • To vote in the election (if applicable) – you may do so by submitting a ballot ahead of the meeting. Instructions will follow once nominations close.

Not Attending – you may contact us if you wish us to note your regrets.

  • You may still vote in the election (if applicable), by submitting a ballot ahead of the meeting. Instructions will follow once nominations close.

A Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors was circulated on Wednesday September 25, the deadline for nominations is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 8, 2019. A report from the Nominating Committee (along with any applicable ballots) will be circulated to members prior to the meeting by email; and by fax or by mail to those who request it (please contact us as noted below to request fax or mail).

To RSVP regarding the AGM, or to request a copy of the Nominating Committee report or other information via mail or fax, please contact the office as follows:

Email: susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca
Phone: 1 604 325-8638
Toll Free: 1 877 604 8638

The minutes of last year’s meeting and the Constitution and Bylaws are also available from the office upon request.
We look forward to your participation in the AGM. Thank you!

September 21-29, 2019 is National Coaches Week !

A time to celebrate the positive impact that coaches have on athletes and communities.

We at BC Blind Sports take this opportunity to give a big THANK YOU to all of our COACHES. Thank you for your valued time, dedication and support of our athletes and programs. From across BC and beyond our coaches have a tremendously positive impact on our athletes, programs, and the communities they work in.

The work that our coaches do, whether it’s at the grass roots, community, High Performance or Paralympic level - our coaches give their all. Coaches are helping athletes reach their goal in their sport whether in a community activity, recreational or competitive sport.

National Coaches Week is a week to celebrate the tremendous positive impact coaches have on athletes and communities across Canada. This week is an opportunity to recognize coaches for the integral role they play by simply saying THANK YOU!

Thanks Coaches !

Blind Hockey Returns to Burnaby!

Join us for a Free Try Skating and Blind Hockey Session at the 2018 Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament

Canadian Blind Hockey is hosting our first-ever Blind Hockey tournament in Metro Vancouver from November 23 – 25, with the third annual Western Regional Blind Hockey Tournament taking place in Burnaby, BC. All of the games are free to come watch, and will be fun for the whole family, so come witness the fastest sport on ice played by athletes with 10% vision or less. Even better, for children, youth, and adults who are blind or partially sighted, you are invited to get out of the stands and onto the ice with a free try skating and Blind Hockey clinic on Saturday November 24 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
Read the full details and download the registration form....


We Need Volunteers for Gift Wrapping

Date: November 23rd to December 24th 2018
Oakridge has once again given us the opportunity to raise funds for our programs. This is our 12th year and they have generously given us a booth and supplies to make this happen. We would like you to be a part of it. The volunteers are a very important part of this event.
Join BC Blind Sports in raising money to support Recreation and Sport Programs for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Read the details on duties and training for first time volunteers....

Team Canada Wins First Ever International Blind Hockey Championship!

Players and coaches from five provinces defeat Team USA to win inaugural trophy.

(October 19, 2018) The first ever Canadian National Blind Hockey Team has won the very first ever international competition for the parasport of Blind Hockey. Read more about the competition and upcoming events.

News Update - October 2, 2018

Please see the attached Fall Update for lots of information on our fall programming and updates on the AGM and new Board of Directors.
Included are:

REMINDERS - Tennis, Hockey, Goalball
BLIND BEGINNINGS – Drop-In-Online Parent Group
CURLING – This winter season there will be four curling clubs around the province.
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO THANK THE VOLUNTEERS – with out them these program would not exist.
Read the full Update.


At 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, September 16, 2018,
5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver, BC V5R 6B2
(Please ring the doorbell to enter)

For those participating by phone or those not attending, votes submitted ahead of the meeting are to be submitted as follows:

  • Votes must be received, no later than 5:00 pm PST Wednesday September 12, 2018
  • Votes can be submitted by email to secretary@bcblindsports.bc.ca or by fax or mail to the BC Blind Sports office;
  • All votes must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Wednesday September 12, 2018 from individuals not present in person at the AGM.


September 11th and will run until Dec 18, 2018

A reminder that tennis has started up again.
Next Tuesday September 11th, 2018 – Start at 4:30pm - 6:00pm and will run until Dec 18, 2018
At Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC, next door to Douglas College Coquitlam Campus

It is a short walk from the last stop on the Millennium Line - LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station.
We will meet people at 4:00pm at LaFarge Lake/Douglas College Station for those that may need assistants getting there. We will leave the station at 4:20pm. Please email me so I know you need assistance from the SkyTrain.

Limited Space Available, call or email to register as soon as possible!
Email Susan @ susan@bcblindsports.bc.ca, or phone 604-325-8638.


Friday September 7th and will run until End of March 2019

The BC Blind Sports Ice Hockey program starts this Friday Sept 7th from 11:15am to 12:15pm at Moody Park Arena in New Westminster and happens weekly. We are looking for new teammates, all ages all skill levels, if you don't know how to skate we can help teach you, if you can skate then come learn to play hockey. We look forward to seeing you out there.

Equipment - If you have your own skates bring them, if not the rink can loan some out:
Full Hockey gear, shoulder, hip, shin pads, helmet with full cage, jock, (If you do not have some can be provided as long as we know your coming)

A smile, Courage and attitude

For more information you can join the Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team Facebook group or Contact John Tee on Facebook at John Edward Tee or email at Dartblade@msn.com


Sunday September 9th and will run until end of March 2019

The BC Blind Sports Goalball program season starts this coming Sunday Sept 9th from 6:30-9:30pm at Collingwood Neighborhood House Community Center close to the Joyce Street Skytrain Station. Anyone needing to be met at skytrain Let us know.

Goalball is a paralympic sport designed for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. The idea of the game is where you take a basketball sized rubber ball and bowl it down the court trying to score into the net. It is played 3-on-3 and all players are blindfolded to make an equal playing field.

We are looking for new members, all fitness levels and ages are welcome!. You will meet and learn from some of the high performance athletes including some who are currently on the National team and have attended several Paralympic Games. Come and give it a try. Equipment Required: exercise clothing, shorts, long sleeves, runners, elbow, knee, hip pads (if you got them if not some can be provided), jock or jill (m/f) A smile, courage and attitude.

For more information you can check out BC Goalball group on facebook or contact John Edward Tee on Facebook or email at dartblade@msn.com


Sept 9, 2018 - This winter season there will be four curling clubs around the province. If you or someone you know would be interested we have listed the location and person to contact.

The season goes from Sept/Oct to the middle/end of March depending on the club. Also depending on the club you may need to pay a membership or registration fee. All Blind and Vision Impaired individuals are welcome, we will teach beginners who want to try the sport and have never curled before. Read all the details and contact information.

Edmonton, Alberta

The tournament ended with one round of games to finish off the section play for the B 2-4 and a game for bronze/ silver in the B 1’s. I am not sure why the gold / silver game did not take place other than Randy had won all 4 of his games by such large margins. We would have preferred to play another game. He did win the gold medal and also received the plaque for the top B 1 in the competition.

In the mixed sight categories Terry Baker was awarded Bronze in the 3rd section and Jay Gatley won Silver in the 2nd group. Lisa Bonnie of Kelowna placed 3rd in the top section after the 3 bowlers each had a win and a loss.

Special thanks to Adrian Hewitt and Lorrie Kobitz for travelling with and directing our bowlers.

The tournament finish with a delicious banquet at which Randy Fred and Jay Gatley provided some fun entertainment.


Nanaimo will host the 2018 Lawn Bowls Provincials on July 30th and 31st, 2018. The games are all singles and each player will play all 4 games hopefully against 4 different opponents.

The games are to 21 points or 2 hours in length whichever come first. This is to prepare anyone who wishes to compete in the Nationals where the time limit is 3 hours. Read the full details...

Blind Tennis

Watch the video with ATW Vancouver's Grant Hardy who teams up with BC Blind Sports to learn about the "rattle and bounce" of blind tennis. View on YouTube
AccessibleMedia, Published on May 18, 2018

Minister Qualtrough introduces National AccessAbility Week - May 28 to June 3, 2017

May 11, 2017 - As Canada’s Minister responsible for Persons with Disabilities, I believe that our country’s diversity is our strength—and when we include people with disabilities, we create a stronger Canada for everyone. It is my pleasure to announce that launching this spring, for the first time in many years, an annual national week devoted to inclusion and accessibility. More...

Insight in Schools

Bringing sport and recreational activities to blind or visually impaired students in their own community. Programs are provided on site with sports and activities adapted to individual needs. For more information, download the pdf flyer, or contact BC Blind Sports at info@bcblindsports.bc.ca




Run for Light

May 14, 2013 - At a recent Board of Directors meeting it was decided that due to the increasing cost, staff and volunteer time commitment and the fluctuation in revenue from the run due to weather dependence and the number of other recreational opportunities available in Vancouver, the association has determined that we need to ensure we put our resources into physical activity programs for British Columbians who are blind or visually impaired. We have therefore determined that we will not hold a Run for Light in 2013. BC Blind Sports will explore other options for events in the future.

BC Blind Sports thanks our supporters, volunteers, staff, donors, participants and the community who have contributed to the Run over the past 33 years.

If you would like more information on BC Blind Sports please contact our office at info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

Encouraging Physical Activity for Preschoolers
with Visual Impairment

A DVD & Written Guide for Parents
BC Blind Sports has created a DVD and written guide that shows parents how to encourage physical activity in preschool children who are visually impaired. Please contact us if you would like a copy of the DVD and/or written guide, or if you have any questions regarding physical activity for people with visual impairment. We are here to help. DVD only $5.
DVD & Resource Guide $30
Download the Brochure - Word version | .pdf version


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

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Phone: 604 325-8638
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Email: info@bcblindsports.bc.ca

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