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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.


“Pirates and Lovers” play at Stage Door Theatre


Vancouver, BC – This spring, a tale of romance, action, and adventure called Pirates and Lovers sets sail at Stage Door Theater located on the lower level of Heritage Hall (3102 Main Street, Vancouver). Hosted by the Stage Door Theatre Troupe and supported by posAbilities, the play will run on April 24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 pm. If the pirate’s life is the life for you, $15 tickets are available at the door.

The Stage Door Theatre Troupe is an award-winning group known for its improv style, plays, and imaginative actors. All actors live with developmental disabilities and they’re excited to bring the community together through their engaging, exciting, and thought-provoking performances. No matter the theme or content of a play, they use their unique skills and expertise to create something never before seen.

In Pirates and Lovers, all havoc breaks loose when a ruthless greedy judge denies his daughter and her lover of their togetherness. Instead of granting her freedom, he forces her to marry another man. This leads us to question, what will happen next? So avast ye mateys and come see excitement levels rise just like the sea while actors get into character and transform into swashbuckling buccaneers. Director, Don House, shares: “This year’s show has been challenging as we haven’t had this many actors on stage before. Giving 16 performers (a mix of new timers and veterans) a chance to shine isn’t easy. But I think we have a fun show this year, with some very funny moments.”

Special Services & Discounted Rates
§ ASL interpretation services offered on April 26
§ VocalEye audio description services offered on May 1
§ Groups of four or more will receive a discount on April 26/May 1 shows only – $5 per seat. Contact info@posAbilities.cato RSVP

Interesting Facts & Information
§ The show is written, produced, and designed from the ground up and all actors have an opportunity to contribute to the production
§ Watch Stage Door’s promo video to ready yer sea legs!

Curious to learn more? Please visit: http://www.posAbilities.ca and contact us!

Media Contact
Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement
cell: 604-369-4073, email: mnelson@posabilities.ca

About posAbilities
At posAbilities, we assist children, youth and adults with disabilities to lead meaningful and healthy lives. We work with families and community partners to deliver a full range of services that grow with the individual, including behaviour consultation, community inclusion, employment and home living. We are actively engaged in creating art, theatre productions and digital media, continuously aspiring to challenge perceptions of ability and to reduce the stigma that is often associated with persons who have developmental disabilities. http://www.posAbilities.ca

BC Deaf Sports Drop in (Badminton, Pickleball, and Basketball)

Drop in Gym schedule-BCSD Spring 2018 Sheet1

Dropin Gym schedule-SSlope Spring 2018 Sheet1

Burnaby Festival of Learning

The Burnaby Festival of Learning will take place May 6 – 12, 2018. The Opening will take place at the Shadbolt Centre between 7:00 – 9:00 pm on May 6. The opening event is the Pecha Kucha Night for the first time in Burnaby with ASL interpretation.if you are interested, please register.

On Tuesday May 8th, at 7:00 pm there will be a play presentation: Rising Above Hate and Discrimination – a play using the Theatre of the Oppressed technics to explores community solutions to incidents of hate and discrimination with ASL interpretation.


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ASL Interpreting provided movies

Title: Unraveling Journeys: An Afternoon of Films

Organized and taking placed on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Join the viet* collective for community justice in an afternoon of films, food and discussion to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.

This gathering centers the presence of queer and trans folk who are Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour and their family and friends, whose stories and experiences are erased and sidelined in mainstream narratives of the war.

We recognize that the impacts of the so-called “Vietnam War” exists beyond colonial borders and invite those historically forgotten and ignored in these conversations to share space with us as we explore the possibilities of life after and beyond the war.

A short film and a feature-length documentary will be screened (to be confirmed), followed by a lightly-facilitated discussion.

Sunday, April 29th, 2018
3:00pm – 6:00pm (doors open at 2:30pm)

[more info to come]

Accessibility Information:
– ASL interpretation is available; please confirm this service by April 19th at 1:00pm by emailing vccj@protonmail[dot]com
– Wheelchair access is TBD (we are securing a wheelchair accessible venue)
– Washrooms are TBD
– Completely power-off your cell phones, wireless devices, and electrical devices before entering and while being in the space; if you require access to your device(s) please situate yourself in the designated low-EMF area
– Refrain from wearing scents the day before and during the event itself; this includes (and is not limited to) perfumes, hair products, cosmetics, and clothing washed in scented detergent/dried with scented dryer sheets
– Childcare is available; please confirm this service as soon as possible by emailing vccj@protonmail[dot]com
– Seating is TBD (we are ensuring a variety of seating options will be available)
– If you have any access requests and/or have any questions please email vccj@protonmail.com


Film Synopses (films are still to be confirmed):

// Xanh //

“Xanh” is the Vietnamese translation of the colors green and blue and is synonymous to the themes and lives of queer and trans people who are forced to navigate a world that enforces binary identities.

Xanh’s main goal is to save up money for top surgery. Their mother is a garment seamstress who polices Xanh’s gender presentation and performance through the creation of feminine clothes. As their mom starts to criticize what they choose to wear, Xanh experiences a series of nightmares and finds their dreams literally shattered.


For more information: http://www.facebook.com/xanhthemovie/

// Madam Phung’s Last Journey -or- Chuy?n ?i cu?i cùng c?a ch? Ph?ng //

A former monk who left monastic life because “I saw beautiful fags praying, and felt like running away,” Madam Phung is a canny businesswoman who got her start as a singer, and saved her money in the form of gold bars she would bury in the ground. Now she is something of a den mother to her largely transgender troupe – berating them when they drink or fight too much, warning them to stay out of trouble, and dealing with local police and occasionally hostile locals when necessary.

It’s the classic carny existence: long hours; setting up and tearing down the stage; exhorting the crowd to buy raffle tickets and play games; putting on a show. But the people we meet in MADAM PHUNG’S LAST JOURNEY are not your ordinary fairground workers.

This verite documentary takes us on a year-long ride with an itinerant troupe of cross-dressing performers, led by Madam Phung, as they travel the remote southern regions and central highlands of Vietnam.


For more information: http://icarusfilms.com/if-mme


for more information: http://www.facebook.com/events/2107003799339882/