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Young Leaders

We know that young people will steer the future of Canada and the world. We also know that they are under-served, overburdened by debt, and challenged by a precarious market. Young people with vision loss are particularly vulnerable, and are expected to meet the same challenges as those who are fully sighted—often with little in the way of support or guidance.

This is why Fighting Blindness Canada launched the National Young Leaders Program in 2015. The goal of the program is to engage young people aged 17-30 across Canada who are living with vision loss, and to work with them to co-create a unique leadership training program that empowers like-minded individuals to initiate positive change in their communities.

To do this, the program helps participants develop career skills, cultivate independence, and build thriving networks. They then bring their knowledge and experience into their local communities to help others and expand the reach of the initiative.

In the past, the program has been oriented around an annual in-person Summit held in Toronto. You can read more about last year’s Young Leaders Summit by clicking HERE.

In 2019, the scope of the National Young Leaders Program will expand to three Summits held across Canada—in Vancouver, Halifax, and Toronto—making it easier for participants to be involved. 

If you are interested in attending a 2019 Summit, please register for one of them below.

Please note that your registration does not confirm your place at the Summit; instead, it will signal your interest to organizers and allow them to follow-up with further details and instructions. Registering on this page is a necessary first step, however, so be sure to do so if you want to be a part of this amazing program in 2019.

Date: September 14-15
Venue: Hotel Halifax, 1990 Barrington Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Ticket price: free
To see a tentative program for our Halifax Summit click here.

Date: October 5-6
Venue: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario
Ticket price: free
To see a tentative program for our Toronto Summit click here.

Listen to Young Leaders co-chairs describe the program:

Fighting Blindness Canada is proud to receive funding from RBC in support of the National Young Leaders Program.

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Aug 6, 2019

Fighting Blindness Canada is giving away a fully calibrated eSight device to celebrate Vision Quest! eSight is a revolutionary pair of electronic glasses which enhance sight for low-vision users. Developed in Canada,…

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Ramya holding whiteboard #SeeMeAs
Jul 9, 2019

This is a guest post written by Ramya Amuthan, who attended FBC’s Young Leader Summit in Vancouver. To learn more about the Young Leaders Program and upcoming Summits in Toronto and Halifax,…

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Samantha Moore standing on a stage holding a microphone with her right hand and then point to the right with her left hand. Behind her stands Jack McCormick with his arms behind his back. On the other side of her is Patrick Losier.
Jun 10, 2019

Launched by Fighting Blindness Canada in 2015, The National Young Leaders Program offers resources to young people living with vision loss, and provides opportunities for participants to build networks, strengthen leadership skills,…

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