IListen Newsletter - Bulletin J'écoute
Message from the
Chair of the National Board of Directors
Greetings!

As you may have already learned, CHHA is excited to announce our partnership with the Como Foundation regarding clear masks. Face masks have become the new “normal” when we leave our homes and workplaces. The covered face masks are a challenge for those of us with hearing loss. Together with the Como Foundation, CHHA promotes the practice of wearing clear lens face masks as a standard universal approach. We appreciate the support received from the membership and networks regarding this initiative. Be sure to visit the CHHA website for further information (and how you can apply your CHHA membership discount to purchase a mask).

Richard Plummer, our Director of Business Development and Operations, has been busy over the past two months learning more about CHHA and setting up virtual meetings with each director on the national board of directors and meeting CHHA leadership across the country. Once safety permits, Richard is looking forward to meeting everyone in person.
  
In accordance with CHHA’s strategic plan, an ad hoc committee is being formed to review the current organizational structure of CHHA. If you would like to be a part of this committee, please email me mkingdon@chha.ca

As I read the news and contemplate the upheaval in the world today and how people treat one another, I look towards CHHA’s values: We cherish diversity; We break down walls and build bridges; We drive change. I am proud to be a part of an organization that promotes these values, and I hope you are too. 

On a lighter note, I hope you have had an opportunity to review the #ShareYourSmile Campaign developed by the CHHA national office regarding clear lens face masks. Further information regarding the campaign is available on the CHHA national website. 

Keep safe and well – and #ShareYourSmile 

Have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend. 
 
Sincerely,
Marilyn J. Kingdon
Chair, CHHA National Board of Directors
Shining a Spotlight on CHHA's Volunteers
CHHA Volunteer- Hannah Wade

How long have you been a member of CHHA and what network are you a member of? 

I have been a member of CHHA since November 2018. I am currently part of the Young Adults Network. 

What motivated you to join CHHA? 

I joined CHHA after attending the Youth Forum in Ottawa. I was 21 when I first met another HoH person and it helped me learn a lot more about my experiences as a HoH individual. I decided to volunteer on the Young Adults Network board as I wanted to spread awareness to other individuals about different opportunities, professions, and interests we all share as a community. 

What’s your current position and how long have you been in this position? 

My current position is a director on the Young Adults Network board. I have been in this position since June 2019. 
 
What is your favourite part about volunteering?

My favourite part about volunteering is the opportunity to meet new people all across Canada and the connections I’ve made. I have also had the opportunity to learn from other young adults that have a hearing loss from their own experiences.  

In what capacity do you currently volunteer for your network?

I have multiple focuses. My main focus is the Question and Answer series I’ve created on the Young Adults Network YouTube channel. I ask individuals in different professions about their own experiences studying at university or working in general, and with their hearing loss. My hope is that other young adults are exposed to the numerous opportunities that may interest them career wise and to normalize the fact that young students or professionals can have a hearing loss. More recently, I have been focusing on how to make communication accessible given the requirement in some provinces to wear masks inside public spaces. Lastly, as a board, we are currently planning for the Summercamp for the summer of 2021.  
What is your vision for CHHA?  

My vision for CHHA is to spread awareness that hearing loss affects all ages. As well, collaboration is key in order to spread awareness towards the everyday difficulties individuals may face when living with a hearing loss. For example, all too often, people assume that hearing aids and cochlear implants “fix” our hearing. The idea that hearing aids and cochlear implants “fix hearing” has been challenged recently with the use of masks in public; demonstrating the needs for facial cues and speech reading to fully understand other individuals when speaking. With this, we need to educate the public to ensure effective communication and mutual understanding.  
 
What would you like to see the organization achieve in one year? Three years? 
 
In the next year, I would love to see the opportunity for our board to go ahead with our Summercamp plan for 2021 in Calgary. The Summercamp will invite young adults from all across Canada the opportunity to make connections and create friendships with individuals that instantly understand the impact of a hearing loss. In the next three years, I hope more young adults are able to connect with alike individuals and become part of our community while sharing ideas, experiences, and resources. 

Do you have a message you wish to share with the membership? 

If you are between the ages of 18-35, consider joining us next summer in Calgary meeting other Canadians with hearing loss! If you do not know anyone, it may seem intimidating at first, but you will make connections instantly through the activities we are planning! Going to a conference by myself was one of the best decisions I have made.  

CHHA is indeed fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Hannah to be part of our ranks. Thank you for all you do!
Who is the Star in your community? Send us the details!

Shining A Spotlight on CHHA's Volunteers will give you the opportunity to recognize someone in your community.

Submissions should be less than 200 words and include a picture of the volunteer. Please forward to communications@chha.ca.

In The Loop
#ShareYourSmile
Thank you for all the fantastic videos we have received over the past week. We had fun putting this all together and loving the positive feedback! Please check out CHHA's social media channels. We want to keep the momentum going and encourage you to participate! Follow, Like, Share, Comment and Post! #

Have some fun with it. Connect with your community leaders, retailers, libraries, friends and family. Let's raise awareness together and


Thank you to Adam Farhat our summer student Communications Coordinator for all the hard work behind the scenes producing the video and so much more!
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CHHA Blog
Welcome to our new Blog!

Welcome to CHHA's new Blog! Our Blog will allow us to connect with the CHHA community members across Canada, sharing personal experiences with a unique perspective. We have a few guest bloggers lined up. Stay tuned. To kick off our first blog post, Danielle Perron CHHA summer student, shares her experience attending Summercamp 2020 virtually!
Summercamp 2020 Virtual Meet
On Sunday, August 9th, 2020, the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s Young Adults Network (CHHA-YAN) and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) co-hosted a virtual meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to inform potential participants on what to expect from the summer camp in 2021.

Young Adults Network Corner
E-Learning and Accessibility in a Virtual Setting
By Karina Cotran and Laura Girardo

With fall just around the corner, it means students will be gearing up for another school year – albeit a different one with adjustments having to be made due to COVID-19. With the shift to e-learning, new and existing challenges with respect to accessibility present itself – for all students and more so for those students with hearing loss.
In Other News...
Hearing Loss Self-Advocacy Needed During Covid-19
Hearing loss is an invisible disability, so it has always been important for us to let others know about the assistance we need. We must continue to do this as we face new obstacles like face masks and virtual communication brought on by Covid-19. Through advocacy, we can educate the general population about the challenges of hearing loss and the best practice communication tips that we use to help us hear our best. The more they know and understand, the easier it will be for us to receive the help that we need.
Launch of new website for IFHOHYP
International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (FHOHYP) is an international non-governmental federation for national and regional youth organizations that are dedicated to hard of hearing young people throughout the world.... 
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