WHAT WE DO
Mission: Insightful Visionaries
is a non-profit organization whose mission
is to facilitate the independence of the
blind and visually impaired community.
Value Proposition: We help to provide
equal employment opportunities,
transportation assistance, training, and
counselling to the blind and visually
impaired, along with beauty, grooming
and hygiene services to help build confidence.
Purpose: We help build the self-esteem
and skills of the blind and visually impaired
along with their immediate family members so
they can maintain an independent lifestyle
and continued participation in the main- stream community.
Carolyn Marshall Covington
DREAMS TO REALITY
My name is Carolyn Marshall Covington, and I would like to share my “Dreams to Reality” story.
As a child, I had dreams of becoming a famous hairstylist who would travel the world and own a wide array of hair salons. In my forty years in the beauty industry, my dreams were fulfilled, at one time, having had 1,500 employees, and owning, co-owning, or consulting for more than twenty salons and spas. I truly feel that God gave me leadership qualities to direct and enhance others in creating and enhancing their career paths. In my heart, I considered myself a “Visionary,” defined by the dictionary as “A person thinking about or planning the future with imagination or wisdom. A Dreamer.” Then, things changed.
In 2000, I was diagnosed with a devastating degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Persons with RP have no night vision and very limited sight in dimly lit places. My peripheral vision is greatly restricted, and ultimately, I will become completely blind. Having never been “a quitter,” I continued to push forward the next 14 years (basically living in denial), but I eventually reached a point where I had to face the reality of my altered health status. Finally, in 2015, I closed my last spa and went home.
For the next year, the depression of my severely modified life condition was all consuming. Fear of the unknown overshadowed every day. I found myself in a true crisis of faith, wondering how God would give me vision without sight, searching for how to shine my light in a literal world of darkness.
Having spent most of my life rescuing others, God lead me to realize that it was time for me to allow others to uplift me. My life had come full circle. In 2016, I was unexpectedly honoured with the “Beauty & Barbers United (BBU) Leadership Legacy Award.” This meaningful recognition by the industry in which I had spent my life gave me the courage and energy to envision and lead a new, under-served community: the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI).
In today’s society, there are two groups of people: The disadvantaged and the privileged. While society may view us who are BVI differently, in the great scheme of life, all of us are privileged in that God created each of us as unique and EQUAL.
God views us as did our nation’s forefathers in the “Declaration of Independence,” stating: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
With this mandate, I find myself driven to provide equal opportunities to my fellow BVI citizens through the creation of a non-profit group, Insightful Visionaries, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, to offer aid to others with vision impairment.
Our goal is to provide equal employment opportunities, transportation assistance, training, and counseling to the blind and visually impaired, along with beauty, grooming, and hygiene services to build confidence, skills, and self-esteem.
Additionally, we will provide workshops and resources for family members and friends on how to assist loved ones in maintaining an independent lifestyle and regain participation in the mainstream community.
I believe everyone deserves to live a fruitful and fulfilling life. With your help and compassion, Insightful Visionaries will change the lives of our Blind and Visually
Impaired families and neighbors.
EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY