IListen Newsletter - Bulletin J'écoute
Message from
CHHA National Executive Director
Greetings!

Welcome to the January edition of iListen. Your connection to some of the highlights of the work we are doing at the National office.  

World Hearing Day is on March 3, 202. The theme for this year is; Hearing Care for All: Screen. Rehabilitate. Communicate”! something that we have become very concerned about here at the National office. Since my arrival in late November, so many of my friends and colleagues have shared they have experienced some decline in their ability to hear conversations, certain sounds or have “self-diagnosed” as having Tinnitus. Few have done anything about it because of misconceptions and stigma. The World Health Organization will release its first-ever World Report on Hearing on March 3, 2021, World Hearing Day. This day and the report draw attention to the needs of all people living with or at risk of hearing loss and ear diseases. CHHA will be hosting a free live-webinar on that day. We will be sending out an email with more information about the webinar and registration for the webinar in the next couple of weeks.
 
Inside this issue, you’ll also find more information about our upcoming CHHA National conference, which we have decided to make a virtual conference this year. The two-day virtual event will on June 2nd and 3rd. We will have special rates for CHHA Members.
 
I am also very excited about the launch of our National Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program next month. I encourage all of you to consider becoming part of the program or sharing it with people in your community who may be seeking guidance in adjusting to their hearing loss.
 
All the best,
Lee Pigeau
CHHA National Executive Director
CHHA National Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program
CHHA Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program Launches Feb 1, 2021
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce its National Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program will officially launch on February 1, 2021. The virtual online mentoring program will be available for Canadians seeking guidance and mentoring in adjusting to their hearing loss. The mentoring program will have trained volunteer peers who can relate to hearing loss issues by providing support through the online platform.

The extension of the Online Hearing Loss Mentoring Program across the country is an example of cooperation between a provincial chapter and the CHHA National office. Established in 2016 by the British Columbia Chapter of CHHA, the program ran for three years at a provincial level, spearheaded by Dr. Marilyn Dahl and Dr. Ruth Warick. In the transition to being a national program, Dr. Warick was the lead, working closely with Gordana Mosher, Manager, Accessibility Projects & Communications from the CHHA National Office.
Funding for the program provided by the Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
World Hearing Day & World Hearing Report on Hearing
Webinar Recording: World Hearing Day and World Report on Hearing.

On January 13th, IFHOH held a webinar with Dr. Shelly Chadha and Dr. Karen Reyes Castro of WHO discussing the World Report on Hearing and World Hearing Day of March 3.

CHHA National will be hosting a webinar on World Hearing Day on March 3, 2021.

More details to follow.
CHHA National Virtual Conference
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and with the current restrictions, we have decided to move our 2021 Annual Conference to a virtual format. We will continue to have the same engaging speakers and sessions along with some fun virtual activities planned. Stay tuned for more program information and registration! Save the Date for June 2nd & 3rd, 2021.
Expanding Our #ShareYourSmile Campaign
As we continue to expand our Campaign to remove communication barriers during the pandemic, we will be expanding our outreach to engage more and more community service agencies and charities to partner with us on this important issue.

Starting in 2021, in collaboration with the ComoFoundation, we offer all charities and non-profits the opportunity to bulk purchase MyAccessMasks at a special discounted rate that will enable them to re-sell them in their community as a fundraising opportunity.

For purchase orders and inquiries contact:
Richard Plummer CHHA Director of Business and Operations.
Mask Partnership a Win-Win for All

By Sheila Serup,
President, CHHA-Calgary

CHHA-Calgary connected with members and supporters to raise $7,500...

Read more in our CHHA Blog 
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What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada
Update from the Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte:

Beware of vaccine scams.

Some Canadians are being targeted by scammers who are offering COVID-19 vaccination kits and other related products. The federal government is offering vaccines for free for all Canadians. We have reserved enough doses so that every Canadian who wants a vaccine will be able to get it by September.
Beware of:
● Unsolicited calls claiming to be from a private company or from health care providers offering home vaccination kits for an upfront fee
● COVID-19 or vaccination themed emails or text messages that require you to open attachments or follow links to unfamiliar websites that ask you to reveal sensitive personal and financial details
● Private companies selling fraudulent products that claim to treat or prevent COVID-19
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