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Tickets selling out! HURRY to get your ticket – GVAD Beer & Burger MidSummer Fundraising Social

Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf

“Beer & Burger”

Midsummer Fundraising Social

Where:     Edith & Arthur Pub

8410-160 Street, Surrey, BC

When:      Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time:        5 pm to 12 am

Tickets:   $20.00

Tickets include AAA “naked beef burger” with lettuce, tomato, & onion, with our secret sauce; and your choice of sides: fries or a house salad.  Veggie burger or chicken burger will be available upon request.

Tickets also include your choice of: a glass of our signature house lager, a glass of house red or white wine, or a hi-ball.

This event is a fundraiser to enable GVAD to continue its work representing and advocating for our Deaf community at local, provincial, and national levels.

Tickets are available from GVAD office or its GVAD ticket sellers:

Ticket sellers:

Kimberly Wood

Peggy Fee

Wendy Bruce

Ralph Newberry Jr

Ladan Sahraei

Tracy Metzger

Zachary Wood

Brayden Walterhouse


gvadoffice@gmail.com or


Printable PDF

Automatically downloading TEXT ONLY FILE –  MS WORD DOC



Hello Everyone,

Did you know that Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is now reviewing the framework of the Message Relay Services in Canada that focus on TTY and IP-Relay Services?

Three organizations: DWCC (Deaf Wireless Canada Committee), Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC), and the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind (CNSDB) created a survey to gather the input from Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of hearing Canadians to share with the CRTC to show more customers’ experiences and perspectives, either good or bad.

We need MORE responses to the survey! We encourage you to fill out the survey because CRTC would like to hear from you!

The survey links are:

1) Regular Survey with ASL translations: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ttyiprelay

2) For non-sign language Hard of hearing (no ASL videos): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hardofhearingttyiprelay

3) High contrast format for those who prefer this format when reading, with a black background and contrasting fonts: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dbttyiprelay

4) For hearing people only, it has less videos and has two added separate questions for hearing people that the CRTC wanted to ask. These hearing people will have experienced a Deaf, DeafBlind or Hard of hearing person calling them using text-based relay services: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/hearingttyiprelay

5) Document format for those who prefer adjusting font sizes, printing, and filling out and scanning for return via e-mail to: survey@deafwireless.ca. Automatic download short URL: http://bit.ly/2qYApNe

6) Document link for downloadable PDF survey to PRINT on paper, fill out by pen, and then scan to return by e-mail: survey@deafwireless.ca – Short URL: http://bit.ly/2qiqEWU

We need your HELP to share the survey to your members, friends, family, or anyone that can fill it out the survey. Your input will provide a direction to the CRTC that will decide what to do about TTYs, TTY Relay, and IP Relay in Canada.

It only takes you about 10 minutes to finish the survey!

If you are not sure what to do with the survey, please feel free to email us at survey@deafwireless.ca.

The deadline for all survey responses is June 4th, 2017 and we will love to hear from your input!

Thank you!

ASL singing at Whitecaps game

This is being put on by the Deaf Blind Planning Committee, and the students from DHH/VCC and the Deaf-Blind Community. We will be signing the anthem at the whitecaps game to raise money for Deaf-Blind services.


We appreciate the support.

News announcement from BCSD

News announcement from BCSD:

Good news! We’ve finally received a blessing from the Washington School for the Deaf to make this video public and share the amazing stuff that happened during the Flying Hands ASL Competition in March.

The video was well received by Parents Advisory Committee, who sponsored the trip, with warm regards and better understanding as to why this trip is so important to DHH students: the overall experience of travelling out of country, making new connections, discovering identities, honing American Sign Language skills, developing positive social-emotional growth, and much more!

Hope you enjoy the video.



Direct link to the job posting:

Behavioural Management Consultant

Please share!

Text version of the posting –

Job Title: Behavioural Management Consultant
Work Site: Vancouver Community – Deaf/Well Being Program
Status: Regular Full Time – (1.00 FTE)
Start Date: JUL 03, 2017
Salary: $32.39 – $40.40 per hour
Hours: 08:30-17:00 Monday to Friday
Reference#: 094457-kwe

In this role you will:
*Work as part of a multidisciplinary community mental health team providing treatment and consultation according to best practices for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind children, adults and older adults experiencing a severe behavioural, social and/or emotional, or environmental problems.
*Clients may have concurrent developmental, language and/or neurodevelopmental needs.
*Perform behavioural assessments, and develops and implements individualized treatment plan in collaboration with team to address challenging behaviours and/or environmental stressors to improve client’s quality of life.
*Provide interventions, often by outreach, including functional assessments, treatment/intervention planning, family and care team education, individual supportive *counselling, and parent/caregiver groups.
*Establish and maintains relationships based on respect; initiates and participates in case meetings; collaborates, consults, and provides support to colleagues; provides consultative services with client’s healthcare team and other community resources; and aids client and family access to services.
*Participate in team meetings, continuing education, conferences, and/or corporate initiatives and engages in on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


Education & Experience
*Masters Degree in a related, regulated Health Science discipline (such as Occupational *Therapy, Clinical Counseling, Social Work)
*Three (3) years’ recent, related experience providing behavioural consultation services to client populations with behavioural, social and emotional disorders or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
*Experience working with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind populations.
*Fluent in American Sign Language.
*Registration with Provincial licensing/governing body of profession if applicable.
*Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
*Knowledge of Deaf culture and the diverse background and experiences of Deaf individuals.
*Comprehensive knowledge of Functional Behaviour Assessments and Support Plans.
*Demonstrated ability to communicate directly with clients using American Sign Language.
*Knowledge and competency in developing safety plans for children and youth.
*Broad knowledge of bio-psycho-social issues that may occur in response to changing mental health and substance use.
*Broad knowledge of mental illness diagnosis and treatment.
*Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and supportive counseling skills.
*Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
*Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
*Broad knowledge of the normal growth and development of children.
*Broad knowledge of school, and legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.
*Demonstrated ability to work with children with serious behavioural, social and emotional issues.
*Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, educational personnel, service providers, colleagues, physician, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.
*Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.
*Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
*Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
*Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
*Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
*Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
*Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
*Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and crisis intervention.
*Ability to operate related equipment.
*Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
*Basic computer literacy to operate computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

300 – 4211 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 1Z6
Tel: 604.456.0900
Text: 778.987.4174
Fax: 604.456.0901
E-mail: WellBeing.Staff@vch.ca
Website: http://deafwellbeing.vch.ca/