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Interested in ASL Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?

Would there be interest in starting up an ASL meeting of Narcotics Anonymous (NA)?
NA is a program of recovering addicts (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous).  It is addicts helping addicts, and it is funded entirely by passing a hat at meetings (so we are pretty low budget).

Here are some links with information about NA:



If you would be interested in participating, please contact Ivy at the Vancouver Area of Narcotics Anonymous at email

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ONE Contract with Deaf Well Being Program, 300-4211 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C.

~ up to 20 hours per month, 6 month contract with potential to renew

Job Description: Under the supervision of the Program Coordinator and staff, you will work with deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind clients in the Okanagan area who have mental illness with the objective of assisting them to achieve their stated goals. You will travel to meet clients to provide services. The successful candidate will be a well-organized individual who exhibits initiative, flexibility, sound judgment and good interpersonal skills.  Duties include one-to-one work assisting clients in achieving goal(s) that are agreed upon by the supervisor and client. You will assist client to acquire new skills or linking with community resources; communicating all relevant information to pertinent staff; and attending bi-monthly peer support worker meetings when required.

Qualifications:  The successful individual will:

  1. Have completed 80 hours of Peer Support Training and a 30 hour Practicum.
  2. Have personal experience receiving services within the mental health system (required)
  3. Be able to be a role model to deaf, hard of hearing or hard of hearing recovering from a mental illness by sharing common life experiences and practical information.
  4. Have effective strategies for dealing with stress.
  5. Be able to work cooperatively with mental health staff, consumers and family members
  6. Be able to work with a culturally diverse population.
  7. Be fluent in American Sign Language.
  8. Be able to adequately access public transportation.
  9. Be able to present in a professional manner, and
  10. Be empathetic, patient, and supportive.

Duration of this Placement:  6 Months, with potential to renew.

Pay and Hours:  $12.00 an hour, up to 20 hours maximum a month (including meetings).

Start Date: TBA

Closing Date and Location:  Please submit a resume and a cover letter before November 15 to:

Patti Dobie

Peer Support Program at
Deaf Well Being Program,

#300-4211 Kingsway

Burnaby, B.C.  V5H 1Z6

Fax:  604 456 0904 or
Email: Patti.Dobie@vch.ca

Website: http://deafwellbeing.vch.ca/

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Job Posting: Visual Language Interpreter – North Vancouver, BC


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North Vancouver School District (NVSD) provides world-class instruction and a rich diversity of engaging, programs to inspire success for every student. Our goal is to bring communities together to learn, share and grow. Our employees enjoy a collegial work environment, competitive compensation, and fulfilling careers.

As Visual Language Interpreter, you will support students who are deaf and hard of hearing with sign-language interpreting services. As the communications link between students and the external world, you are responsible for facilitating communication between deaf and hard of hearing students with their peers, teachers, and the school community. You will play an important role in contributing to students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) by helping teachers adapt educational materials, vocabulary and concepts to assist deaf and hard of hearing students learning in a positive classroom environment.

Additionally, you will help students participate in the school community and recreational activities by accompanying students to assemblies, field trips, team practices and club meetings. Ultimately, your work will help students develop the necessary life and social skills to be successful in the future.

The ideal candidate should understand and empathize with Deaf culture and issues pertaining to deaf/hard of hearing students and possess an understanding of issues and challenges related to the educational context with deaf and hard of hearing students.


  • Five years of experience working with children or young adults in an educational or community setting, or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL) and completion of ASL–Level 8 Interpreter Program
  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent plus basic First Aid
  • Membership in the Association of Visual Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) and Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters (WAVLI)
  • Working knowledge of adaptive technology

If you’re interested in this opportunity, apply online at www.makeafuture.ca/north-vancouver with your resume, cover letter, and references by November 30th, 2017 at 4 pm. In your application, please indicate the position of interest and competition number. We appreciate your interest in applying; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

From coastal beaches to mountain forests, North Vancouver’s natural setting offers year-round recreational opportunities. The rich multiculturalism of our district is reflected in a wide array of programs and services, including our commitment to supporting the history, culture and traditions of the First Nations communities on whose traditional territories we are located. North Vancouver School District’s values of accountability, creativity, collaboration and collegiality make it “the natural place to learn” for students, and “the natural place to work” for our staff.



Dear Member,

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all Members of the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH), a society incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia, that there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting at 6:00pm on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 in the Strathcona Room at The Arbutus Club, 2001 Nanton Avenue, Vancouver, BC.

As a result of the feedback received from Members at the 2017 Annual General Meeting, the Board reviewed the bylaws and is proposing changes.

The Proposed Bylaw changes are enclosed in this notice.  Members will have an opportunity to discuss the Proposed Bylaw changes and provide their feedback to the Board of Directors.  Voting will not occur at this meeting, the Board is seeking your feedback to the proposed changes.

The purpose of this Extraordinary General Meeting is to present the Proposed Bylaw changes to the Members for discussion.  At a later date, the Members will be presented with an opportunity to vote on any changes to the WIDHH Bylaws.

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Masters, Executive Director

ASL Interpreters and Realtime Captioning will be provided.

Please contact WIDHH if you are Deaf-Blind and require an interpreter.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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BOOTH REGISTRATION for 21st Deaf-Blind Christmas Craft Fair

21st Christmas Craft Fair hosted by Deaf-Blind Club

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DEADLINE: October 27, 2017

WHEN: Saturday November 4, 2017

TIME:   Set-up 10:15 to 10:45am, take down/clean up 4:00 to 4:30pm.

LOCATION: 5055 Joyce Street, Vancouver (Joyce Skytrain and Kingsway)

COST: Before September 30, 2017: $35.00/table
After October 1st to deadline 27th, 2017 –


  1. Set-up time: 10:15 am to 10:45 am
  2. Take down time: 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm (please take your own garbage)
  3. No tapes, staples or tacks allow on chairs, tables and walls
  4. Bring your own table clothes.
  5. Donate 1 nice wrapped gift for door prizes (value $20 or more)
  6. Free parking in underground below the building.
  7. There will be prizes for 3 top Best Decoration display/table
  8. We will not be liable or responsible for any injury, loss or damage.