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Learn about the Deaf Well Being Program

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Learn about the Deaf Well Being Program

What are our services and What is Mental Health?

When: Saturday March 24th

Time: 1pm to 4pm


Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce

2279 Cranbrook Street North


1pm—Welcome and coffee

1:30-3:00—WBP presentation

3:00-4:00—Discussion, ask questions and socialize

We will have coffee and snacks.

Come to meet staff from WBP and learn about our program services.

We will discuss “Mental Health” and what that means for everyone. WBP provides services to support your mental health, we will discuss what this means and why it can be helpful.

We want to hear your ideas about workshop learning and how WBP can be involved in Cranbrook.

Will you travel to Cranbrook? WBP can help to cover some travel costs. Please email Kristen to discuss:


Need More Information or Register?

Email: WellBeing.Staff@vch.ca

Text: 778-987-4174 TTY: 604-456-0901

Toll-free TTY: 1-800-949-1155




Printable PDF:Cranbrook March

The Blood Sugar Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution

Join Certified Nutritionist, Michelle Garland and learn everything there is to know about blood sugar. Find out how blood sugar impacts the body as well as strategies to consume less. Lets eliminate those cravings for good, so you can look and feel your best everyday!

To sign up click the link below:

WHERE: Choices Market
8683 10th Avenue, Burnaby
WHEN: April 7th, 2018
TIME: 3-4:30pm

Michelle Garland, CNP
Founder of Plentyfullme Nutrition and Lifestyle Consulting.

For more information on Michelle visit www.plentyfullme.com


IDHHC is hiring!

IDHHC Employment Counselor / Case Manager assess client skills and career goals and provide one-to-one support in developing a detailed action plan to reach employment objectives. This position will assess vocational and training opportunities and supports clients with life skills that lend themselves to obtaining and retaining employment.
This position will assist Specialized Population Groups who are Deaf or have a hearing loss, as well as multi-barriered clients, to find and maintain employment. This may include customized employment, employment planning, job search, job placement on site support and job maintenance. Also included: arranging work experience placements including community attachment; seek out potential employers to hire people with hearing loss; market the client’s job-readiness skills; promote successful job retention.


Any interest, please email the Resume and cover letter to idhhc@idhhc.ca


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Employment Counselor February 2018





Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture presents: Gaelynn Lea in Concert


Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture presents:

Gaelynn Lea in Concert

Thursday, April 5 at 7:30pm

CBC Studio, 700 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets are $20 and available through Eventbrite.ca

This performance will be ASL interpreted.

CBC Studio is wheelchair accessible.

Gaelynn Lea was given the opportunity of a lifetime when she won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest and she certainly made the most of it. She and her husband Paul quit their jobs, sold their house, bought a van, and hit the road.

Since they left just over a year ago, Gaelynn has played over 200 shows in 39 states and 6 countries. She has performed in the widest variety of venues imaginable – coffee shops, bars, music festivals, elementary schools, nursing homes, college’s, The House of Blues, Music City Roots, The Kennedy Center, The State Department and even BBC World News.

Gaelynn Lea performs from her electric wheelchair. She began playing violin 20 years ago after a creative music teacher helped her to adapt a playing style that suits her frame. Lea holds her instrument like a tiny cello and loops her classically trained rhythms and melodies “to create a symphonic cacophony that is both glorious in its reach and profoundly introspective”. (Collins de la Cour, Ear to the Ground) Her original songs explore the contrasting nature of existence – dark and light, birth and death, anger and forgiveness, sorrow and joy.

“Gaelynn Lea’s live performances can be overwhelmingly soul-stirring.” Bob Boilen reported that “there was hardly a dry eye” at her 2016 Tiny Desk Concert. However, she is not all seriousness during her shows. In fact, Gaelynn is disarmingly charming onstage, “at once self-deprecating and plainspokenly funny”. (Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune) She regales the audience with humorous anecdotes in between songs, putting those in attendance at ease.

Although the past year has been spent mostly on the road, Gaelynn Lea has somehow found the time to work on her fourth studio album; If Only Love Would Be Our Guide is expected to be released in September 2018. It is an eclectic collection that runs the gamut sonically – from pensive to luscious to aggressive to decidedly pop – and if that’s not enough variety, there’s even a Finnish fiddle tune! The connecting thread of the album is Gaelynn Lea herself – a singular voice and violin guide the listener on a journey which touches on some of life’s greatest mysteries.”

In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn also loves to do speaking engagements about disability awareness, the power music, and leading an enriching life. She has a congenital disability called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or Brittle Bones Disease. Gaelynn is a strong voice in the disability community; she uses her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Gaelynn Lea believes society must prioritize accessibility so people with disabilities can participate in their communities and use their gifts without barriers or discrimination.

”Karen Dalton and Joanna Newsom melt together in the form of Gaelynn Lea and set about absolutely obliterating your heart.” -Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

“The way her voice resonates is so unusual and beautiful, like nothing I’ve ever heard before.” Jess Wolfe (Lucius)


Kickstart is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year!

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is registered charitable organization founded in 1998 and is the only professional arts organization in BC that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with a disability. Kickstart showcases authentic representations of the disability experience and ensures that these artists are paid for their work.


– To highlight a small fraction of the many talented artists living with a disability,

– To break down the barriers that commonly prevents these artists from getting well-deserved exposure on gallery walls and give the general public the opportunity to see their work;

– To present works that are authentic representations of the disability experience.

Contact: Yuri Arajs

Phone: 604-343-9141

Email: kickstartdirector@gmail.com


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PR-Gaelynn Lea

Work-Able Graduate Internship Program for People with Disabilities

Salary: $ 1,718.93 Bi-weekly
Multiple Locations – Abbottsford, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Surrey, Surrey, Terrace, Victoria, Williams Lake

18 Temporary Full-time Position from September 4, 2018 to August 31, 2019
The Work-Able Internship Program is a paid twelve month BC Public Service work experience program for recent post-secondary graduates who self-identify as having a disability. This unique program provides learning, coaching and mentorship throughout the internship and interns will gain valuable skills and public service experience.

We offer extensive training, growth and development opportunities, a competitive salary and a balance between work and life commitments. We are committed to continuing to be an employer of choice and providing a professional environment where ideas work.
To be eligible for the Work-Able Internship Program you must:
• Self-identify as a person with a disability;
• Reside in B.C.; and
• Have completed the degree requirements for an under-graduate or graduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution between the dates of April 1, 2015 and September 4, 2018.

This is a challenging and rewarding program where you will gain an increased understanding of public service roles, and learn about possible future employment opportunities with the provincial government. Visit our Career Page to find out more.

To learn more and apply, please go to:

Attention: only applications submitted through the BC Public Service’s employment website (see link above) will be accepted.



Work-Able online ad copy 2018