Living with vision loss often means being seen a certain way. Seen as blind. Seen as impaired. Seen as disabled. But many of us don’t consider blindness an impairment or a disability. Being blind is part of who we are, but it’s far from the whole story.

How we tell our stories will be a central focus during the National Young Leader’s Summit in Vancouver on April 27 and 28, where the theme will be #SeeMeAs: A Champion. It’s a topic the event’s keynote speaker, the Canadian Paralympic swimmer and 2008 flag bearer Donovan Tildesley, will discuss in detail.

The National Young Leaders Program is a career-oriented initiative run by Fighting Blindness Canada, and you can find details and registration links for Summits in Vancouver, Halifax, and Toronto by clicking the button below:

Young Leaders Program

We invite you to join us in raising awareness around perceptions of vision loss by using the hashtag #SeeMeAs.

Share your story on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, making sure to tag #SeeMeAs and @FB_Canada. We’ll showcase your posts on this page, and with the broader Fighting Blindness Canada community.

Let’s show the world how they should #SeeMeAs.

Samantha Moore
Co-Chair, National Young Leaders Program

Patrick Losier
Co-Chair, National Young Leaders Program

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05.02.2019: Shaini’s First Podcast😱 This year has been nothing but amazing to me. 🙏🏽 I made a promise to myself to focus on myself and the things that bring purpose to my life/ my happiness.♥️ I promised myself I would do things out of my comfort zone, as a way of growing and learning things about myself and the world. As most of you know I HATE hearing myself speak , hence why I never make videos or talk on my insta stories. I will one day learn to love that part of me hahah. 🙊 Funny enough earlier this year Mary from @kitchenconfession contacted me and wanted to know if I would like to be a guest on their podcast. 😱 My initial reaction was OMG this is so cool, and then I immediately was hesitant cause I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of hearing myself or having others hear me. I know it’s a weird thing to freak out about and I know its silly , but I’m getting better at it!!! Long story short I said yes and we recorded the episode and it was soooo much fun 🥂. I almost said no because of a silly little fear/ insecurity, and I would of missed out on this fun opportunity! Fear can be an annoying little thing , but the moment you kick it to the curb, so many paths open up to you.🙌🏽 I’m so excited for you guys to hear this Podcast, with my fellow RP Sister and Kitchen lover @kitchenconfession! We talk about my life as a VIPer, cooking, baking , and how we do everything despite the fact that we are blind/visually impaired.💪🏽 I hope this inspires you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new, because the possibilities are endless when you learn to let go of a fear! I linked the YouTube podcast version in my bio! Hope you guys like it! Let me know what you think!♥️ Sorry in advance if we make you crave some macroons.👩🏽‍🍳 Always remember to Live in the moment, Laugh along the way, Love One Another, Learn from your experiences & Trust in your journey!♥️😘

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