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

I am pleased to welcome Lee Pigeau as CHHA national's Executive Director as publicized in the November 30, 2020 news release. Lee has been rolling up his sleeves to learn about CHHA and is looking forward to meeting with CHHA's networks and members across Canada.  

The ad hoc CHHA Organizational Review Committee has developed an action plan for contacting CHHA members/stakeholders on their visualizations for CHHA's organizational structure and governance. The first part of the action plan will involve a short questionnaire sent to CHHA supporters in the coming weeks for their feedback.  

The Governance Committee recently completed a review and update of our existing policies regarding the organization's governance, which were approved by the board of directors. The updated policies are on CHHA national website. As well, the Finance Committee is currently in the process of the budget cycle for 2021.

Lastly, the board held a strategic planning meeting to discuss the organization's strategic plan's status and success last November. These board discussions will be ongoing as part of the review of CHHA's strategic priorities: Strive for Organizational Excellence, Increase Organizational Sustainability, and Expand Our Reach and Impact.

Thank you to our board and staff for their work in the continuation of CHHA's success. Further information regarding staff activities is presented below in this newsletter.  

As I write this, we are deep into the 'second wave' of the pandemic. Please keep yourselves safe and well. 

Marilyn J. Kingdon
Chair, CHHA National Board of Directors
In The Loop
Warm welcome to the CHHA National Team!
Lee Pigeau National Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Lee Pigeau as the National Executive Director, effective November 25, 2020.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome Lee to our national association,” says Marilyn Kingdon, CHHA President & Chair of the Board of Directors.
“Lee has extensive experience and success in the non-profit sector, and I know he will make a significant contribution towards realizing the strategic goals of our organization.”

Shining a Spotlight on CHHA's Volunteers
CHHA Volunteer- Mary Sherren CHHA National Office- Ottawa
What motivated you to join CHHA? 
I was approached by former CHHA National Executive Director Christopher Sutton to do some volunteer work at CHHA. I was going through some challenging times, and I needed to find something to do to keep me busy. Christopher approached me with the volunteer role with CHHA, and it was just what I needed. I love being part of the association and offer my broad range of skills and creative interests too! It has been a gratifying experience. It was just the boost I needed.

What’s your current position and how long have you been in this position? I have been with CHHA now for over year and a half. My position is National Volunteer. I support where ever I am needed..and it's so much fun!

What is your favourite part about volunteering?
It isn't easy to pick just one. I enjoy all the responsibilities I feel like I am part of the team... that I am staff. Before Covid I had an opportunity to attend a few events with CHHA. It was great! It was a chance for me to do a little networking and learn more too. I have also been involved with the CHHA Scholarship program. It was such a great experience and something I was very proud to coordinate.

What is your vision for CHHA?  
I want to see CHHA recognized even more. We have so much information and great resources available at CHHA and I look forward to more opportunities as we grow.

CHHA is indeed fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Mary to be part of our ranks. Thank you for all you do!

Update: Mary is still recovering post surgery and wants to let everyone know she looks forward to coming back to her role. We wish Mary all the best and can't wait to have her back to the office. Sending Mary virtual hugs. We love her positive energy!
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

2020 Scholarship Recipients
We are pleased to announce the 2020 Scholarship Recipients. These four individuals were selected from a group of many worthy applicants and succeeded against tough competition. Thank you to all who applied and please feel free to apply again.
Recipient: Fiona Wilson
Recipient: Kaelan Fulford
Recipient: Jamie Sassi
Recipient: Aneca Su
You are invited to take part in a research study being conducted by the Hearing Health Alliance of Canada (HHAC).

The purpose of this research is to gain insights into the experiences of people with hearing health issues which may include hearing loss. Based on your feedback, our aim is to then provide high-level information to representatives of Canadian Governments including Federal, Provincial and Territorial. Our mission is to work with the Government to improve hearing health care in Canada.The survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

If you agree to complete the survey, please follow the link below:

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Steve Aiken at
We need to see what we cannot hear.
By Gael Hannan

When people who are deaf, people who have hearing loss, can’t hear the words, we need to see them being made through speechreading. But that only helps for about half the words, because many speech sounds and words occur out of sight – behind the lips, back in the throat, the tongue touching teeth and the upper mouth.

Shop FlipGive & Support CHHA
Support CHHA when you shop with Flipgive!

FlipGIve is an app that helps CHHA earns cash every time you shop through FlipGive.

It's easy to get started.
1. Download the FlipGive app or visit to sign up today.
2. Enter our unique team code for CHHA: MN455R when prompted
3. Start shopping using the FlipGive app
4. CHHA earns cash back
Young Adults Network Corner
Books Have Their Destiny

Have you ever thought how your words can impact on your environment? Which language would you speak if you weren’t using your mother tongue? How much would we remember without having books? What can you discover, living at the same place for a long time? Karina Cotran, a young brave writer from Canada took on this challenge and was successful in surviving our interrogating ways!
In Other News...

Rare hearing surgery greenlit for Grimsby couple
Christmas has come early for Grimsby couple Debbie and Jeff Gifford in the form of a rare second surgery that will let them hear better than ever before.

The Giffords will both be receiving their second cochlear implant, an electronic device that partially restores hearing. Bilateral cochlear implant surgery, as it is called, means they will have an implant in both ears.

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