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The 2018 ConnecTra Abilities Expo & Job Fair


The 2018 ConnecTra Abilities Expo & Job Fair on March 2 is bigger than ever.

New at this year’s FREE event is a roster of presenters showcasing activities and opportunities that can help foster greater inclusion and quality of life.

We’re excited to announce keynote speaker Marco Pasqua, Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant for the Presidents Group, who will be presenting about The Impact of Accessible and Inclusive Workplaces.

It’s going to be a full house in the exhibition hall, with more than 30 new and returning service providers and employers including Parq Vancouver, HSBC Bank Canada, Open Door Group, the Public Service Commission of Canada, BC Centre for Ability, Vancity and the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.

11:30am to 4:30pm
Friday, March 2

Roundhouse Community Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews (Davie & Pacific)

Join us! Reconnect with familiar faces, meet some new people and engage with a community of resource providers for the Metro Vancouver disability community.

Note: Keynote speaker Marco Pasqua presents at 1pm – be sure to be there for that!


?A.J. Brown will be selling her greeting cards and small original artworks at this event.?

Head of Interpreting Services (full-time, permanent position) at WIDHH

Established in 1956, the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) is a unique charity serving the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals throughout British Columbia. Our Agency provides services in Audiology, Employment Counselling, Seniors Outreach, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices.

Our agency is current seeking a qualified candidate for the following position:

Head of Interpreting Services (full-time, permanent positionJ


– Post-secondary experience in the interpreting field as a Deaf Interpreter, preferred

– Evidence of active membership and participation within culturally Deaf community

– Demonstrated sensitivity to working in a culturally diverse environment

– Native expressive and receptive ASL skills required

– Strong understanding of the Deaf Community and its needs

– Ability to facilitate communication in any work environment with hearing interpreters and deaf people simultaneously present

– Innovative problem-solver, with a creative interest in program development

– Effective public presentation skills

– Strong written communication skills and proficiency in various computer programs

– Experience or ability to prepare grant proposals

– Experience in budget management and program development preferred

– Interest in emerging technologies and practices for interpreting/real-time captioning services

– Good organizational skills; able to work well independently Interested applicants are requested to forward their cover letter, resume and list of references by Monday,

February 26th, 2018. Priority consideration will be given to qualified applicants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Please reply in confidence to: Grace Shyng, Acting Executive Director
Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC. V6K 1X9 Email: gshyng@widhh.com Fax: 604-736-4381

For more information and to find out how to apply, please visit: http://www.widhh.com/about-us/careers.


Printable PDF:

Head of Interpreting Services – February 2018

VRS Canada SRV announcement and job position opening

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The announcement can be seen in our FB Group Page as well: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1719180181442010/.

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Full time position as Medical Interpreting Service (MIS) dispatcher

For printing PDF MIS Dispatcher – December 2017

The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) is a unique non-profit service organization for Deaf and Hard of Hearing citizens. Our Agency provides services in Audiology, Counselling, Sign Language Interpreting and Communication Devices.

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person to fill the following full-time position:

Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) Dispatcher

Job Summary:

The MIS Dispatcher is responsible for receiving all requests to book an ASL Interpreter for a medical situation and to select and assign the interpreter best suited for the needs of the appointment.  This position reports directly to the Head of Interpreting Services.

Work Performed:

• Prioritizes requests for interpreters

• Schedules and assigns contract and program interpreters

• Participates in the preparation of assignment forms

• Online database/scheduling

• Receives requests via email, text, skype, facetime, voice phone, TTY, and fax


• Minimum of two years experience interacting with the public, Deaf, and Deaf-Blind individuals; preferred

• Demonstrated track record with data input and retrieval

• Excellent organizational skills and experience working in a busy environment with the ability to multi-task

• Must understand the confidential nature of the position


• Ability to communicate in an articulate and professional manner with service providers and the public

• Fluent in American Sign Language

• In-depth sensitivity to and knowledge of Deaf culture, Deaf-Blind needs, and the communication modalities of hard of hearing individuals

• Advanced computer skills

Application deadline:  Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 5:00pm

Please reply in confidence with cover letter and resume to:

Janice Lyons, Head of Interpreting Services

Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Email: jlyons@widhh.com

Job Postings – We are Hiring! STRIVE Living Society

Are you looking for an exciting career in Social Services?

Our organization offers full benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements, great opportunities to grow within and a fun and positive environment for both staff and clients!

We are looking for:

  1. behaviour interventionists,
  2. mental health workers and
  3. community support workers

who have behavior management and/or speak ASL (American Sign Language) skills and able to handle challenging situations.

Exciting opportunities exist for the right individuals to join a progressive non-profit organization as a Community Support Worker in our Hybrid Supported Home Share Program/Supported Independent Living Program/Strive Center and Pinetree Center. The position entails working in a one to one setting with individuals with Developmental, Concurrent Disorders, Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorders and Mental Health, in the lower mainland. The successful candidate would spend most of their time assisting the clients in their home and community to work towards their goals, teaching life skills, community integration and social skills to assist with their daily living.

We are looking for casuals with many opportunities to grow within and post into part time/full time positions.


  • Experience and understanding of Mental Health and Challenging Behaviours
  • Fluent in American Sign Language an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work with adults with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues
  • Ability to create a meaningful routine
  • Crisis Management
  • Knowledgeable of creating independence vs. creating dependence
  • Following health care/behavioural plans
  • Completing daily documentation on a Microsoft platform database on their own computer
  • Implementing personal protocols, schedules, and activities
  • Accompanying/transporting individuals to appointments and activities in the community
  • Must have experience working with high anxiety
  • Community Integration
  • Able to set firm boundaries
  • Ability to encourage, motivate and involve client in community activities.
  • Access to computer and internet
  • Proven ability to develop rapport with adults in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (both verbally and in writing) with educational personnel, social workers and resource workers, service providers and partners
  • Able to self-start, make judgment calls, and create new models/programs as needed
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Proven ability to work with minimal supervision

Other Qualifications Include:

– University degree or college diploma in a social science program and/or subsequent experience

-Class 5 BC drivers’ license and reliable vehicle preferred

-Clean Driver’s Abstract

-Criminal record check clearance

-Negative TB test clearance

-First aid and CPR

-Mandt Certificate

*Other requirements which may be specific to the individual(s) served*

Compensation: $19.31 hourly, plus benefits upon meeting eligibility requirements.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Strive Living Society is an equal opportunity employer which does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

Please email your resume and cover letter to Christie or visit our website www.striveliving.ca

Work with us – https://careers-striveliving.icims.com

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