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Brenda Lussier swims for The Ontario Camp of the Deaf

“Brenda Lussier is Deaf and had the opportunity to attend the Ontario Camp of the Deaf when she was a child. Now Brenda’s daughter who is also Deaf, has this same opportunity. Brenda has expressed her gratitude for the existence of a place like the Camp for the Deaf so that people like her daughter can meet, socialize, and communicate with other Deaf children in a fun environment. It has been a wonderful experience for Brenda to watch her daughter have the same fun and adventures that she herself had as a child…”

“Brenda has been swimming all her life and has decided to put her passion for swimming to use. Her goal is to swim across Lake Ontario and raise $40,000 towards the construction of a special water park and splash area that will be fully accessible to younger campers and those with special needs…”

“The Ontario Camp of the Deaf (also known as The Bob Rumball Camp of the Deaf) was founded as a result of Reverend Bob Rumball’s desire to create a place in the summer vacation heartland of Ontario, where a Deaf child could enjoy everything that a summer camp could offer, but in an environment without communication barriers. The Camp is a place of opportunity for Deaf, hard of hearing and physically challenged individuals, staffed by professionals who are fluent in American Sign Language and are capable of assisting those with Special Needs…”

To read the full article about Brenda’s courageous swim click on the link:
Read Brenda’s Story
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*Update* GVAD Corn Party Prizes

Need one more reason to come to the 31st Annual GVAD Corn Party?

How about prizes, prizes, and MORE prizes!

This is just a taste of all the goodies instore for our August 15th Corn Party!

  • Burnaby Village Museum: 2 passes
  • CTV BC: logo hat, t-shirt, pen, chapstick, pin, keychain
  • Cypress Mountain: 2 Adult lift tickets
  • Harbour Cruises Ltd. : 2 passes
  • IMAX Theatre LN: 4 passes
  • Keg Steakhouse & Bar (corporate office): $25 gift certificate
  • Maplewood Farm: 1 year family membership
  • Pacific National Exhibition (PNE): 2 all-day passes, 2 admissions tickets
  • Prince of Whales Whale Watching: 2 hr trip for 2
  • Sammy J. Pepper’s Grill & Bar (head office): $25 gift card
  • Sewell’s Marina: 2 1-hour boat rental gift certificates
  • Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tours Ltd.: 4 tickets and 2 horseshoes
  • Vancouver Aquarium: 2 general admission passes
  • Vancouver Canadians Baseball : 4 Reserved Grandstand tickets
  • Vancouver Giants, the (head office): 4 tickets
  • Vancouver Trolley: 2 2-day passes
  • VanDusen Botanical Gardens: 2 admission tickets
  • Sorenson: TWO Dynex 15” 720p LCD TV’s
  • Unicycle.com Canada: 2x 2-hr unicycle lessons
  • BC Lions: TWO Bronze tickets

NEW PRIZES:

  • Vancouver Canucks: Autographed picture of Darcy Hordichuk
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo: Family day pass
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge: 4x day pass
  • Wendys: 150 free frosty vouchers

More prizes to come, stayed tuned!*

Explanation of FBI charges against VRS company

An interesting article was sent to us today. We thought you might find it interesting. Please note there is also a link to the article in ASL.

“Viable, a Rockville company that provides services to deaf people and is the subject of a federal investigation, partnered this year with a Florida company whose owners were recently arrested and charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government…..”

To read full article: Read article

To watch full ASL article: Watch video

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CRTC reaches a decision

Many of you have been waiting to hear what that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) has decided regarding Video Relay Service (VRS) and accessibility issues for deaf and hard of individuals in Canada

The highlights, for deaf and hard of hearing individuals:
– IP Relay within a year
– VRS relay test to proceed by Telus and Bell and then ….(uncertain)
– Captioning improvements
– 911 improvements

There are many other decisions in there in response to cognitive and visual impairments etc., so we encourage you may want to read the entire decision.

The full decision can be read here:   www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-430.htm

Also check out a news article from CBC news on the recent decision –  www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/07/21/tech-090721-cell-phones.html