from President Kimberly Wood

GVAD has been very busy lately:

  • We hosted the Townhall/Roundtable on Saturday January 21st – with about 60 participants
  • From the feedback at the Townhall/Roundtable, the Board decided to re-structure GVAD, to enable us to meet future GVAD goals.

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“How to Make a 9-1-1 Call” videos (click here)

GVAD Beer & Burger Fundraising Social

Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf

“Beer & Burger”

Midsummer Fundraising Social

Where:     Edith & Arthur Pub

8410-160 Street, Surrey, BC

When:      Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time:        5 pm to 12 am

Tickets:   $20.00

Tickets include AAA “naked beef burger” with lettuce, tomato, & onion, with our secret sauce; and your choice of sides: fries or a house salad.  Veggie burger or chicken burger will be available upon request.

Tickets also include your choice of: a glass of our signature house lager, a glass of house red or white wine, or a hi-ball.

This event is a fundraiser to enable GVAD to continue its work representing and advocating for our Deaf community at local, provincial, and national levels.

Tickets are available from GVAD office or its GVAD ticket sellers:

Ticket sellers:

Kimberly Wood

Peggy Fee

Wendy Bruce

Ralph Newberry Jr

Ladan Sahraei

Tracy Metzger

Zachary Wood

Brayden Walterhouse


gvadoffice@gmail.com or


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National Deafblind Awareness Month – Catch a wave from coast to coast!

Media Alert: Vancouver, BC                                           For Release: May 16, 2017

What: Vancouver Whitecaps FC v. FC Dallas Soccer Game **

Who: Deaf, Deaf-Blind and hard of hearing persons will be SIGNING the Canadian and American anthems at the June 17 Whitecaps game to raise awareness of Deaf-Blind Canadians and funds for the Deaf-Blind Planning Committee and the services they provide.

When:         Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gates open 6:00 pm

Opening ceremony starts: 7:00 pm, must sit by 6:45 pm

Where:        BC Place Stadium

777 Pacific Blvd.

Vancouver, BC   V6B 4Y8

Admission:  Ticket prices $32.00 to $60.00, depending on location.

A part of each ticket price will go to the Deaf-Blind Planning Committee

Website to reserve & buy tickets for this event: www.whitecapsfc.com/deafblind


(If the seating area you want, is almost all sold, please email Marcia or Leanor, and we can request more seats).

For Deaf-Blind persons who want help ordering tickets or guiding to seat at the game, please contact:

Marcia Tanaka.

Email: mytanaka44@gmail.com

Leanor Vlug

Email: leanyvlug@gmail.com

History of National Deaf-Blind Awareness Month in Canada:

On June 26, 2015, the Canadian Senate passed a motion to recognize June as Deafblind Awareness Month across Canada. This recognition will help “to promote public awareness of deaf-blind issues and to recognize the contribution of Canadians who are deaf-blind.” It will additionally “recognize the strength, courage and dedication that deaf-blind people show every day in living their lives and facing their daily challenges.” June is also the birth month of Helen Keller, an internationally recognized person who lived with deafblindness.


Deafblind Coalition of Ontario

Local Media Contacts about Deaf-Blind Awareness:

Theresa Tancock
Family Services Coordinator
Canadian Deafblind Assoc. – BC Chapter
227 – 6th Street, New Westminster, BC V3L 3A5
(P) 604-528-6170  (F) 604-528-6174

Tracy Metzger
Deaf-Blind Planning Committee
2125 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9
Email: deafblindplanningcommittee@gmail.com

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Letter of Request Re: Position of Principal – BC School for the Deaf (BCSD)

By Email: richard.per@sd41.bc.ca

2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9
Contact: gvadoffice@gmail.com
Website: www.gvad.com
News: www.deafbc.ca

May 19, 2017

Richard Per
Director of Instruction
School District #41 (Burnaby) District Office
5325 Kincaid Street Burnaby, BC V5G 1W2

Dear Mr. Per,

Re: Position of Principal – B.C. School for the Deaf

At the request of the Board of Directors of the Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf (GVAD), I am sending this letter to affirm our organization’s commitment to advocate for fully accessible education of children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. We aspire to be involved in the process for selecting the next Principal for the B.C. School for the Deaf, continuing our history of cooperation among community groups.

The GVAD is the oldest advocacy organization for persons with disabilities in British Columbia. Since 1926, the organization has worked with the community to gain access for Deaf, Deaf- Blind and hard of hearing individuals in education, communication, and employment. Our organization is affiliated with the Canadian Association of the Deaf, which is a full member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD). The GVAD is also working with cross-disability organizations, such as civic disability advisory committees and the Disability Alliance BC, following progress of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the Government of Canada ratified on March 10, 2010. The GVAD has high expectations that all levels of government would comply with the Convention, especially regarding Article 9 – Accessibility, and Article 24 – Education, which emphasize the rights of Deaf adults and children to have full access and use of sign language in their daily lives.

As many members of GVAD have been to the B.C. School for the Deaf for their education and it is like a ‘second home’ to us. We care deeply about the school and the quality of deaf education. We admire those Deaf individuals who are teachers, education assistants, and head teachers, because they are the role models for deaf and hard of hearing students. We believe that the BCSD would benefit greatly from an administration that understands the importance of involving the adult Deaf community in educational decisions that will have lasting effects on young people who will be part of our world.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia. BC’s Oldest Disabled Consumer Group

Therefore GVAD, its members, and Deaf community leaders request comprehensive involvement of the Deaf community in the selection process for the position of Principal of the B.C. School for the Deaf. We believe such participation – from the screening of applicants to final selection – would fulfill the purpose and spirit of the Convention and define the Burnaby School District as a positive and pro-active supporter of this international agreement and all human rights principles.

As the contact person for the GVAD, you may reach me at our Association’s office, by email, gvadpresident@gmail.com to discuss the above request. The board has identified Deaf members who can be available to meet with you and other appropriate individuals, at your convenience.

Sincerely Yours,

Kimberly Wood GVAD President

Cc: Silvina Lanusse, silvina.lanusse@sd41.bc.ca
GVAD Board
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community

PDF of Letter

2017 Summer Activities for Deaf Seniors


WEDNESDAYS, 10:00 AM to Noon

Willowbrook Shopping Center Food Court
Fraser & No. 10 Highway in Langley


THURSDAYS, 10:00 AM to Noon (year round)

Thursday Hearts

At Metrotown Mall Food Court
Burnaby, BC

Last workshop of series: Internet Safety/Use of Social Media

Last workshop of the series!

May 19 Workshop Flyer PDF

You and Your Well-Being: Seven Bi-Weekly Workshop Series

Internet Safety: Use of Social Media

When: Friday, May 19

Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Where: Well Being Program Office

300-4211 Kingsway, Burnaby

Please register to reserve a spot

Contact us if you need ASL/ Deaf Interpreters

Need More Information?

Email:  WellBeing.Staff@vch.ca

Voice: 604-456-0900

Text: 778-987-4174

TTY: 604-456-0901

FAX:  604-456-0904

Website: deafwellbeing.vch.ca