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Okanagan – Interpreters for Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day Celebrations will have interpreters again this year. Here’s the schedule!

1)    Lake Country will have an interpreter for the opening of their celebration at 10:45AM at a NEW LOCATION, (not Beasley Park). It will be at the City of Lake Country Centre, near the traffic circle right across from the Lake Country City Hall and George Elliott High School.

2)    Prospera Place in Kelowna will have an interpreter for the opening of their celebration at 12:00 noon.

Come Say Happy 150 Birthday CANADA!!





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VOICE OVER CASTING FOR A FEMALE DEAF ROLE                           


ROLE: Female (30 -40 years)

“General Amaya”; an intense, imposing female

ROLE Reference:

Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones)

Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Ideally, looking to cast a female to do the speaking part & the signing part in this series.

This property is a fantasy series, not quite Game of Thrones, but with a similar sophistication and geared for a slightly younger audience. This series is the type of show college kids would watch.  Tonally, this show could is similar to a Marvel cinematic movie – vulnerable and funny, but not quite a slapstick. 

Recording: Aiming to record 2 episodes the week of July 12th.

Union:  Auditioning union & non-union talent.

CONTACT – Shelley Taylor / Vida Spark Productions Inc

Email:  vidaspark2@gmail.com

Number: 604.999.8262

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Thank you,

Shelley Taylor

WBP Advisory Committee

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.pranzl@vch.ca 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.pranzl@vch.ca

Thank you,

Kristen Pranzl and the WBP team

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CODA INTERNATIONAL WEEK Proclamation by Mayor of Vancouver

FOR DEAFBLIND – automatic download WORD DOC – Office of the Mayor ARIEL 18pt

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Office of the Mayor


British Columbia



Whereas: CODA International Inc, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect Children of Deaf Adults (Codas) from around the world;

And Whereas: We celebrate the unique heritage and multicultural identities of having hearing individuals with deaf parents and pride;

And Whereas CODA international,Inc. strives to achieve this mission via conferences,retreats, publications, scholarships, resource development, and fundraising to benefit the experience Codas worldwide;

And Whereas; Members from around the world will attend the 2017 CODA-CAN International conference, in Vancouver, July13-16,2017, and it’s the first time the 32nd annual CODA International conference will be held in Canada;

And whereas: We hope everyone will experience the conference theme of” With Glowing Hearts” and celebrate your diversity, your pride, and most of all you CODA love for one another;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gregor Robertson, Mayor of the City of Vancouver, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM the week of July 13, 2017 as


In the city of Vancouver,

Gregor Robertson


Douglas College Graduates 2017

 printable PDF – Appreciation Celebration INVITE

Douglas College’s Program of Sign Language Interpretation graduates of 2017 are going to be having a community appreciation party/gathering!

When: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Time: 5:00-8:00pm

Where: Rocky Point at the Old Orchard Picnic Shelter in Port Moody

We recognize that it is a Tuesday evening, which may be a busy and conflicting time. However, we still wanted to extend our invite in case there is a possibility for a brief appearance. We will be celebrating our graduation and thanking all of the people that helped support, encourage, and foster our education throughout the last few years.

If you think you may be able to attend, please RSVP the names of those attending no later than Sunday, June 18th, 2017 to tinzeluy@gmail.com

We greatly appreciate all the energy and support you have put into our education and hope to see you on this day of celebration!

Douglas College Graduates of 2017