We are listening
Serving patients and supporting their families is what we do. At the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), we are putting patients and their families at the centre of everything we do – and we are committing to it in policy.
We need your “voice” – your experiences (good and bad), thoughts, and suggestions to make sure that the Patient and Family Inclusivity Policy will focus on the real-life facts of patients, family members and informal caregivers. We are listening.
Please join us for the
Focus Group for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing:
When Date? June 28, 2017
What Time? 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: E-Classroom N1119
700 Royal Avenue
New Westminster, BC
What can you expect?
Registration will begin at 6:30 pm. and light refreshments will be served.
The focus group will start at 7 pm, and end no later than 8:30 pm. The focus group will be facilitated by a facilitator fluent in ASL (American Sign Language).
All input is confidential and no one will be personally identified. You don’t need to have had personal experience with PHSA – just have a good sense of what’s important to you as a patient or family member.
In recognition of participants’ time, a $20 honorarium will be provided per person.
How to register?
Space is limited to 15 people per location. To register, please email Jennifer Miller with Delaney + Associates at email@example.com, or call 778-851-1023. Please provide:
- Your first name
- If you have received care from a PHSA agency
- Your age
For Deaf-Blind – downloadable: Poster for PHSA Focus Group D-HH_word
Printable PDF: YouAreInvitedPoster_D&HH
Message from Kristen Pranzl:
I would like to state that we are working on creating an advisory board for the DWBP and we encourage people/their organizations to submit an application.
Dear Prospective Deaf Well-Being Program Advisory Committee Member,
I am the Program Coordinator for the Well-Being Program. We are a mental health and wellness agency that provides services to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind individuals, their families and their communities in British Columbia. Our clients range in age from 0 to 99.
We are working on setting up an Advisory Committee for our program. We value community and stakeholder feedback and suggestions as this is vital for our program to stay on top of current trends and needs within the community.
That being said, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to submit an application to participate on our advisory committee. We will meet three times per year at the Well Being Program. Staff will have the opportunity to showcase their work and to answer questions from participants about what we have been doing and then there will be a feedback period with the Program Coordinator.
The advisory committee will also be expected to be involved with giving feedback, identifying trends, gaps and needs within the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community in British Columbia and potentially participate in sub-committees or working groups to help us ensure we fill these gaps or adjust our services to make sure we are providing the best service for British Columbians.
The goal is to ensure we have a cohesive understanding of our community’s diverse and changing needs and how we can provide strong services in where clients feel safe, supported and respected.
Please email me at Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you are intending to submit an application. Please don’t hesitate to connect with me if you have any questions or if you would like more information.
Thank you so much for your consideration,
Kristen Pranzl, Program Coordinator
Deaf Well Being Program Advisory Committee Application
To whom it may concern,
The goal of this application is to help us understand how you/your organization would be able to contribute to the Deaf Well Being Program and our desire to provide consistent, reliable and current services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind community and their families.
Organization/Individual Name: ___________________________________________________________
What would your organization or yourself be able to offer to the WBP in terms of feedback and information from the community?
How much of a time commitment would your organization/you be able to give to us? For example, once a year for three hours; twice a year for two hours; monthly?
What issues or trends does your organization/you see within your client population?
What issues would your organization/you be able to work with the WBP on? For example: an aging Deaf community; preventive care; child and youth services?
Would you prefer to have WBP staff present their work to you or have an information package sent beforehand and the meeting focuses on questions and feedback from the information package?
Your time and commitment to helping the WBP provide the best services possible is very much appreciated. Please email your responses to Kristen Pranzl , Program Coordinator at Kristen.email@example.com
Kristen Pranzl and the WBP team
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
GREATER VANCOUVER ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF
2125 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6K 1X9
May 19, 2017
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, email@example.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.
Kimberly Wood GVAD President
Cc: Silvina Lanusse, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Community
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