Youth Space

National Young Leaders: a report on the 2018 Summit

July 30th, 2018 by Dr. Chad Andrews

“My perception of leadership has changed. I believe that leadership is not just about being a leader for yourself, but for your team and for what you stand for.” – 2018 Young Leaders Summit attendee The Foundation Fighting Blindness’s National Young Leaders Program is unique in Canada. Launched in 2015, it brings together youth affected…

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2018 National Young Leaders Summit: Register Now!

December 28th, 2017 by Dr. Chad Andrews

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is thrilled to announce details for this year’s National Young Leaders Summit. The event will take place in Toronto on the evening of Friday, March 9 and during the day on Saturday, March 10, 2018. We are partnering with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to hold the Summit at their Community Hub at…

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Networking With A Vision Impairment

December 20th, 2016 by FFB Canada

In case you missed the second annual Foundation Fighting Blindness Young Leaders Summit, here are the highlights and our favourite (and most useful) networking tips and skills that we learned from each other. The 2016 Summit was focused on networking because networking is increasingly recognized as essential for professional success. Here are some highlights and…

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Top 10: Vision Quest 2016

December 14th, 2016 by FFB Canada

“Discover Your Path” was the theme of the FFB’s Vision Quest educational events in 2016. We visited four Canadian cities, hosted seven different events, and got to meet more than 750 attendees, clinicians, scientists, exhibitors and volunteers! We were also thrilled to live- broadcast our Toronto session about clinical trials, which has been viewed more…

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Young Leader Lauren Wu is Raising Awareness About Vision

September 1st, 2016 by FFB Canada

Hello, my name is Lauren Wu. I am 19 years old and partially sighted. I will be going into my third year of my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto (University College). Last year, while participating in the first FFB Young Leaders’ Summit, I met so many well-spoken and inspiring young people. It was…

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2016 National Young Leaders Summit: Call for Applications

August 15th, 2016 by FFB Canada

What is the Foundation Fighting Blindness National Young Leaders Program? In 2015, the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) launched the National Young Leaders Program. The goal of this program is to build a community where blind and visually impaired youth can experience mentorship, grow as leaders, and create positive change. Who can apply? Blind or visually…

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New Video Introducing the FFB National Young Leaders Program

April 7th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Across Canada, there are thousands of young people living with blinding eye diseases, low vision, and blindness. But, if you are under 30, you may feel alone in your community. Trust us, you are not alone. In fact, you are in pretty great company—just look at the members of FFB’s National Young Leaders Program. In…

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Rising Above: Shaini’s Story

March 24th, 2016 by FFB Canada

Story guest authored by Shaini Saravanamuthu. Shaini is a member of the National Young Leaders Program at the Foundation Fighting Blindness. February 19, 2011 is a day that I will never forget. As I patiently waited in my new optometrist’s waiting room, I hoped that my vision hadn’t changed. My biggest worry at the time was spending…

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