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Dear members of our Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Interpreting and Medical Services Community on Vancouver Island,


Our Agency is the provider of Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) for BC. For the past several years, services for MIS on the island has been subcontracted to the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) in Victoria and we thank them for their services to the MIS program.

WIDHH is now planning to transition the services from IDHHC back to WIDHH. This will help to create consistency in services across all regions and improve our medical interpreting services across the province. The change will take place on Tuesday July 3rd, 2018 at 8 am. Until that date, please contact IDHHC for Medical Interpreting Services on the island.

Please do not hesitate to contact Tim Mallach, WIDHH Head of Interpreting Services with any questions or concerns, email tim.mallach@widhh.com or text 905-299-2696.


British Columbia School for the Deaf Alumni Association (BCSDAA)



The Board of Directors is seeking Alumni members to fill the vacant positions/to become officers until the next general meeting in 2020. The available positions are as follows:

Vice President
Publicity Director
Technology Director
2020 Reunion Chairperson

BCSDAA’s Vision Statement
? Develop, advocate and maintain the interest of education for the Deaf in the province of BC
? Donate funds to school aged students for their educational field trips
? Provide scholarships to high school graduates
? Support and maintain Deaf studies, research and archives
? Coordinate, plan and oversee reunion events
? Foster a sense of BCSD pride through leadership in promoting future members of BCSD to continue the function of Alumni Association

BCSDAA Board is FUN – meeting are 4 or 5 times per year!

If you are interested or need more information, please contact Diana Tarchuk, Secretary, Dianatarchuk@shaw.ca no later than April 30th, 2018 (deadline)
printable PDF:

British Columbia School for the Deaf Alumni Association

WFD and WASLI Statement On Use of Signing Avatars

WFD and WASLI Statement on Use of Signing Avatars

Learn about the Deaf Well Being Program What are our services and What is Mental Health?

ASL video:

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: kristen.pranzl@vch.ca

Need More Information or Register?

Email: WellBeing.Staff@vch.ca

Text or FaceTime: 778-987-4174

TTY: 604-456-0901

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



Direct link to our event on our website: http://http://bit.ly/2p0l6l2

ASL for LINC Communication classes: April 9th 2018 – June 29th 2018 (Monday to Thursday 8:30 am-2:45pm) At VCC(Broadway Campus)

Are you (or someone you know) a newcomer to Canada who is deaf and/or hard of hearing? Do you have limited or no English language ability?
If ‘yes,’ the ASL for LINC Program may be for you.


ASL for LINC is a 12 week program designed to provide American Sign Language (ASL) instruction for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Newcomers to Canada. Additionally students benefit from individualized and one to one settlement support as needed, assistance with essential community services, government documentation, transit, and referral recommendations. Vancouver Community College is a leader in providing long-established DHH programming and English language training for Newcomers to Canada. VCC (Broadway Campus) is easily accessible by public transit and is located within walking distance of the VCC-Clark Millennium SkyTrain station.


Students are required to:

-have Permanent Resident (PR) or Convention Refugee status in Canada; not a Citizen of Canada

-be deaf and/or hard of hearing

-be able to commit to a 12 week program

Students may: – have limited or no English language ability

– enroll even after start date

Please contact us for more information:

Contact: Peter Fischer Tel: 604-871-7000 ext. 8322 Email: pfischer@vcc.ca

Printable PDF: ASL for LINC flyer April-June 2018