Young Leaders

Fighting Blindness Canada’s Young Leaders Program is a career-oriented initiative aimed at creating a brighter, more inclusive future for youth living with vision loss. The program provides young people in Canada, aged 15-35 who are blind or partially sighted, with the opportunity to gain access to resources, guidance and support they need on the path to pursuing rewarding careers and finding fulfilling employment.

Every year the program brings together participants for in-person events that facilitate interactions that lead to real insights and opportunities. If you have any questions about the Young Leaders program you can reach us at


move the dial Virtual workshop

Saturday, June 1, 2024
12 – 3:30 p.m. ET
FREE to attend on Zoom!

Join us for a virtual workshop to connect with other young people from across CanadaThis half-day workshop will include panel discussions run by people living with vision loss and opportunities for small group discussions and networking.

12 – 1 pm ET: Focus on Advocacy: Moderated by Young Leader Co-Chair Alicia Chenier, we will sit down with film and TV producer Joe Strechay, TEDx speaker, author and blind storyteller Anne Mok, and advocacy and accessibility expert Ben Akuoko, learn more about how they use advocacy in their personal and professional lives and hear their stories of the ups and downs of being a strong self-advocate.

1 – 2 pm ET: Breakout discussions, networking and more!

2 – 2:30 pm ET: Break and Trivia!

2:30 – 3:30 pm ET: Sports, Movement & Mental Health: Our minds and bodies are intimately connected, and incorporating accessible healthy movement into our day to day lives has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health and well-being. Join Canadian Paralympians and athletes to hear about how and why they choose to move and how it benefits them in a myriad of ways. Panelists include National Blind Hockey player and coach Conrad Eder, judoka Eitel Houedakor, goalball Parapan Am bronze medalist Emma Reinke and retired swimmer Donovan Tildesley.



Saturday, September 28, 2024

As part of View Point Toronto
Young Leaders Session Timing: TBA
Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Networking Dinner: 7 – 9 pm EDT, location TBA
Free to attend, registration required

The Young Leaders Program is coming to Toronto this fall! Join us at View Point for a dedicated session for young people (ages 15-35) and a networking dinner to make new connections.

There will be limited travel bursaries available for Ontario residents outside of Toronto. Please If you would like to apply for funding, please let us know.

Registration coming soon – check back for updates!

If you need assistance registering or have any questions, please reach us at or 416.360.4200 | 1.800.461.3331 ext. 246.


You can view our past recordings here.

Young Leaders Mentorship program

The program also offers mentorship opportunities. Learn about the Young Leaders Mentorship program.

Young Leaders share about their experience with the program in the video below.

If you have any questions about the program, please email

The Young Leaders Program is supported by:

Logos for RBC Future Launch, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals and Janssen

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