WIDHH Opportunity Funds VLOG and Transcript

Opportunity Funds Vlog Transcript

Hi, my name is Amar, I am a volunteer with the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Employment Counselling Department.

I would like to talk about WIDHH’s new Opportunity Funds Program.

There are three different components that make up this program.

First, is Target Wage Subsidy. How this works is WIDHH will make an agreement with a potential employer to supplement your income for the first two months of employment.

WIDHH will also be able to provide some financial assistance for living expenses and pay for clients to participate in some short term training. For example, Food Safe, First Aid, etc.

The Opportunity Funds Program starts January 2nd, 2018 and runs until June 29th, 2018.

During this time, participants will be developing skills to become employment ready. They will be eligible to receive some financial assistance for living costs, transportation, interpreters, training, accessibility needs, ie: hearing aids, FM Systems, Flash alarms, etc.

Those eligible to participate in this program must be Deaf, Hard of Hearing or Deaf Blind, be unemployed, working less than 28 hours a week or underemployed, a Canadian Citizen, not have received EI within the last three years, and live in the Lower Mainland.

For more information about this new program please contact WIDHH staff members Marco or Melissa, their email addresses are below!




GVAD during the year of 2017

-Pictures of our flyers – GVAD Townhall, and BC deaf indigenous workshop

-Pictures of Bingo 2017

-Pictures of BCVRS celebration and recognition party

-Pictures of GVAD booth at Deaf Deaf World

-Pictures of GVAD representing at BC Sympisoum (Wendy Bruce and Kimberly Wood)

-Personal Prepareness Workshop flyer and the presentation

-Pictures of our hosting and show of the Maloes

-Special thanks to Dan Lecours for his Chauffeur and hospitality work with the Maloes performers.

-Photo Credit: Hester Hussey, Doug Lambert, Nikki Sellars, Kimberly Wood

-Many thanks to all volunteers for our events and workshops.

-The GVAD Board wishes everyone happy and safe holidays.

The Daring Way

8-week Course in ASL

Wednesday Evenings 5pm – 7pm

Starting January 31st, 2018

Well Being Program

4211 Kingsway Suite #300

Experience a deeper self-awareness, richer relationships, and living with greater authenticity with like-minded people. We will examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding you back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move you toward more authentic and wholehearted living. Move beyond perfectionism to self-compassion and discover how vulnerability, empathy, courage, and gratitude are connected. We develop skills to be resilient in life’s daily storms and step into the freedom of knowing we are enough.

Limit: 8 Participants. Includes your personalized manual, your Daring Way™ workbook experential exercises, coffee, and light snacks.

If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, you may qualify for free participation of this workshop (usual registration fee is $500 per person).

Please contact WBP Program Coordinator kristen.pranzl@vch.ca for more information.

Kelowna Deaf Coffee Group

Kelowna Deaf Coffee Group

Place: Tim Horton

Where: Kelowna, BC

Address: 3255 Lakeshore Rd/Richter (right by Save-On-Food store) By Mission Area

Time: 7:00 pm to 10 pm


SRV Canada VRS questions including Parental Authorization Form

Parental Authorization Form and explanation as in how to submit the application :