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Remembering Lois Kohare

LOIS KOHARE May 19, 1938 – Jul 8, 2009

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Lois Kohare with family at her side on July 8, 2009 after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband Ernest, daughter Shelley (Bob), Son Alex (Betty), Robert, Bryan (Chrissy), brothers Fred (Georgina), Gerald (Marion), Jack, Bruce (Lil), and sister Maureen (George), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She will be dearly missed by her faithful companion Moppy. She is predeceased by her Mom and Dad. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at the Christine Morrison Hospice for their loving care and respect. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, July 17 at 3PM at the Northside Community Church, 33507 Dewdney Trunk Road, Mission. In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation to the SPCA in memory of Lois. If we could have one lifetime wish, our dream that would come true, we`d pray to God with all our heart, for yesterday and you.


A.J. Brown Painters Landing Exhibit

A.J. Brown is participating in the Painters Landing on August 5 and 6, 2009 from 10 am until 4 pm.  A.J. is one of 24 visual artists involved in this new program.  It is under the tent at the Ferry Building Gallery, 1414 Argyle Avenue, West Vancouver.  Painters Landing allows artists to show, sell and paint on site.  Artists come from Deep Cove, to Bowen Island, and West Vancouver to Squamish.  This is a free event.  It is part of the Harmony Arts Festival of West Vancouver.

A.J. Brown started to explore various arts in 1999, as a way to overcome personal fears.  One of these was a nightmare she had as a child.  This dream is a parable of her life:  I’m at the bottom of a well, looking up.  I see the Sesame Street puppets with their mouths opening and closing.  I have a feeling of no way out.  I can’t yell for help, because no one understands my speech.  This is such a feeling of helplessness!

A.J. Brown had a brain injury during birth.  This brain injury caused her to become Deaf and to have something that looks like Cerebral Palsy.  As a result, she has difficulty speaking and using sign language coherently.  However, she uses a portable communication device which speaks for her, when she types out her words in written English.  She uses email and sign language interpreters to communicate as well.

A.J. is self taught.  She works with acrylics, pencil, charcoal, pen, pastels, felt pen, collage, scratch art, and her cat.  She was also a potter, writer, poet, actress, dancer, music composer, and musician.  She created, wrote, produced, directed, and edited a video.  She even wrote and illustrated a book, titled, My Voice: A Journey of Creativity, Courage and Hope, in 2004.  This book contains her short stories, poetry and art.  She sometimes mixes these media to create something.  Each piece of her art is unique.  She paints slowly and meticulously for one, and fast and impatient for another.  Each has its own personality:  One will have vibrant, wild, lush colours, and another will have shy, withdrawn, tame, muted colours.  Some are whimsical, and others are serious.  Her work shows how she feels right at the moment of creation.  To borrow a quote from her aunt, A.J.’s art has a childlike naiveté – and not contrived.  I think it was Picasso who said the most wondrous art is that done by children – bold, courageous and honest.

With her arts and through her images, she can be heard.  A.J. believes this is her way to freedom and spirituality.  Most importantly, art is her way out of that well.  She resides in West Vancouver, with her gorgeous cat, Rumbles.

Her art website is:  www.handsandpurrs.ca

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Beach Yoga PAH!

namaste everyone:

the summer is here and so is ….
beach yoga PAH!

yoga classes taught in ASL
deaf, hard of hearing and hearing signers are all welcome.

first beach yoga class:

sunday, july 19
8:00 am- 9:30 am

more details to follow !

blessings and BLISS-ings

Vancouver Coastal Health Job Posting

Mental Health Counsellor Deaf Well Being Program

See attachment for job posting: VCH Job Posting

Come for the job. Stay for the team.


Within the context of a client-centred care model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice and vision and values of the organization, works as part of a community interdisciplinary team to provide mental health counseling, support and information services to deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people utilizing a health promotion model. Establishes, maintains and enhances relationships based on respect and understanding with deaf, hard of hearing and deaf blind clients; assists clients to maintain stability and wellness, and provides mental health support, intervention and referral services as required. Provides supportive counseling using American Sign Language or other communication modes preferred by the client. Collaborates, consults and builds linkages with organizations, agencies and service providers for coordination and integration of mental health plans. Aids clients’ access to services and co-facilitates group sessions. Participates in continuing education, prepares and maintains client records, maintains knowledge in mental health issues, and participates in quality improvement activities.


  • Baccalaureate in an Allied Health Discipline from a recognized program.
  • Experience working with deaf, hard of hearing and/or deaf-blind individuals and their families.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. Travel will require the use of a personal vehicle.
  • Experience working with Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and hard of hearing a must.
  • Fluency in American Sign Language required.

    Status: Temporary Full-Time
    Start date: As Soon as Possible to March 31, 2010
    Salary: $27.18 to $33.88 per hour