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

Thank you to everyone who attended the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s first virtual annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. We appreciated those that remained until the end of a meeting that ran longer than intended. We also had some technical issues that are being analyzed for future meetings. We would appreciate any constructive feedback you may have on how we can make this virtual experience better for you. Welcome to our two new directors: Christopher Arnold and David Leyton-Brown and returning board members: Sheila Serup, Daniel Tessier-Young, Jo Deluzio, and Leanna Rowe as the Young Adult Representative.
We said goodbye to Janice McNamara on Friday, May 29, 2020. We wish Janice the very best in her retirement. We are hoping to welcome staff back to the office sometime soon, keeping in mind the advice from Health Canada and provincial health authorities. Thank you to our office volunteer, Mary Sherren, who provides daily support to the office.
The Hiring Committee has been active with respect to the search for the Director, Business Development and Operations position. Christopher Sutton has been working in a consulting capacity for a transitional period until the Director is hired. The Board is taking the financial position of CHHA very seriously and wants to proceed with caution until the effects of the economic ramifications of the pandemic on non-profits are fully understood. The national Executive Director position will therefore remain vacant at this time.
Lastly, we hope you are as excited as we are about attending the 2021 Conference and Trade Show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 3, 4, and 5. We are not sure at this point what the conference and trade show might look like, but we will make it as memorable an occasion as we possible can, hopefully in person.
Stay safe and well.
Marilyn J. Kingdon
Chair, CHHA National Board of Directors
CHHA Annual General Meeting
New Board Members
This year's Annual General Meeting was held online on Wednesday May 27, 2020.

We want to thank all our dedicated members for participating in our first ever virtual Annual General Meeting. We are looking forward to yet another exciting term.

CHHA members to review your membership please login to your membership profile. Link below.
CHHA Conference & Trade Show 2021

Preparations are already underway as we prepare for our 2021 conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, June 3-5, 2021.

Stay tuned as we will be updating our website with more details and announcements
Shining a Spotlight on CHHA's Volunteers
CHHA Volunteer- Jerry Gosling, President, Abbotsford Branch
CHHA Volunteer - Jerry Gosling, President, Abbotsford Branch
How long have you been a member of CHHA and what branch/chapter are you a member of?

I am the President of the Abbotsford Branch and have been a member for seven years.

What motivated you to join CHHA?

I have worn hearing aids for 20 years and have had a hearing problem for most of my life. Having to cope in daily activities with a hearing loss has difficult and embarrassing moments. I want to promote public education to both those with and without hearing loss.

What’s your current position and how long have you been in this position? I was nominated and elected President of the Abbotsford Branch at our first branch meeting in April of 2015. I have been Vice President of CHHA-BC for the past five years

  What is your favourite part about volunteering? My favorite part about volunteering is helping others understand various topics and helping them with their problems.

In what capacity do you currently volunteer for your chapter/branch? My volunteer activities are mostly in executive positions on boards and also helping on the front lines.I teach speechreading classes in Abbotsford which I have done for the past 2 years.

What is your vision for CHHA? My vision for CHHA is public awareness of CHHA and the individual benefits gained through joining the organization.

What would you like to see the organization achieve in one year? Three years? I would like to see increased public awareness, increased fundraising and increased membership.

Do you have a message you wish to share with the membership? I want every member of CHHA to bring at least one person to the next meeting and strongly urge an increase in membership.

CHHA is indeed fortunate to have someone as dedicated as Jerry 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.

CHHA In the News
Interview with CHHA National Chair of Board of Directors - CTV Ottawa News
Canada's Medical Officer of Health recommends the use of face masks.

This makes it very difficult for people with a hearing loss.

In The Loop
Happy Retirement Janice!

We would like to thank Janice McNamara for all her hard work at CHHA.

You will be missed! Happy retirement. We wish you all the very best!
CHHA " Hearing Loss Webinar Series .

Thank you to all our presenters for participating the CHHA " Hearing Loss Webinar Series."

The webinars available on our CHHA website. We look forward to hosting more. Let us know if there is a topic you would like to learn more about. Please send your emails to communications@chha.ca

CHHA Scholarship Program 2020
Thank you!Ta
We received over 70 applications for the CHHA 2020 Scholarship Program. Thank you to everyone who applied.

We will be announcing our selection by August 2020

About the program : It was established by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in 2002 and to date over $50,000.00 has been awarded to help students with hearing loss with their post-secondary studies.

CHHA now has four scholarships within its program:
  1. Carrell Hearn Memorial Scholarship
  2. Dr. Charles A. Laszlo Scholarship
  3. Frank Algar Memorial Scholarship
  4. Susan Brown Memorial Scholarship

Learn more about the Scholarship Program

Young Adults Network Corner
A Working as a Nurse during the pandemic: A Spotlight
By Nicole Leung

For many of us, dealing with masks can be difficult. What happens if you have to work in a hospital, where the masks are an absolute necessity?

Nicole knows exactly what it is like as a hard-of-hearing registered nurse in Vancouver, and she had shared with us her experience:

Can you share what a regular day is like now? 

A “regular” day. Well, it still involves getting up at 5:00 in the morning! But with more time designated to prepare for a possible day in the COVID unit.
As frontline workers, we don’t know what we’re walking into every shift, ever. Every nurse will have their own process but I like to start my day off getting into “the zone.” Then I leave the house packed.
In Other News...
Deaf, hard-of-hearing Canadians ask for greater support during COVID-19 pandemic
The United Nations called on international governments to pay more attention to the impact the novel coronavirus is having on people with disabilities, calling them among the hardest-hit by the pandemic.

Pass Bill C-17 Now. Contact your MP.
Bill C-17 has four parts. One of them is the $600 support for people with disabilities with a Disability Tax Credit Certificate. The other three parts of the Bill and the fact that the House of Commons isn’t meeting and operating regularly, are the sore points with the Bloc Quebecois, the NDP and the Conservatives. Bloc and the NDP suggested taking the one part about disability support out of Bill C-17. The Liberals made a bid to split the Bill so people with disabilities could get their financial aid. The Conservatives refused to agree. The government needs all parties to agree to pass the Bill.

Tell MPs to pass Bill C-17. We urge you to share your own stories of why people with disabilities should receive financial aid from the Government of Canada.

Below is the link for more information and letter
Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic.
This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the  Disability Tax Credit  as of June 1, 2020, as follows:
  • $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate. 
  • $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension.
  • $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).

Combined with the special payments of $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the OAS pension and the additional $200 for those eligible for the GIS, all seniors with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will receive a total of $600 in special payments. People who are eligible for this special payment will receive it automatically.

The Government of Canada recognizes that people with disabilities are also at higher risk of job loss during economic downturns.

“To make it through this difficult time, we need to look out for one another. Canadians with disabilities are facing significant challenges because of COVID-19, as they work to access essential services and care, and provide for their families. We are stepping up to make sure they have the support they need to make it through this crisis.” The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
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