The Truth About Everyday Plastics | Ocean Matters Lecture

Tuesday, 26-Jun-2018 @ 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

What happens to your fleece jacket in the laundry and that plastic bottle when it is empty?

Stephen Chastain, an Ocean Wise scientist, will look at four everyday household items. He will examine why and how our use and disposal of these items is damaging the environment and how this relates to large-scale global issues.

He will discuss how he explores the world of microplastics under the microscope and the research that Ocean Wise is doing to learn about the processes that are causing these problems. This research is helping us all to do something, whether it is small changes in our daily routine or ways in which we redesign our approach to plastics as a society.

Stephen is a graduate of the school of Resource and Environmental Management in SFU. He began working as a co-op lab technician with Ocean Wise’s Ocean Pollution Research Program in January 2017 and continues to work there since his graduation. He works primarily on analytical techniques for studying microplastics in ocean water and microscopy techniques for identifying plastic particles that can be as small as human blood cells. He has also studied prehistoric archaeology and coastal wetlands management.

Price: Free, but register here to guarantee your seat
Accessibility: This event will be ASL signed and is wheel-chair accessible
Location: The Vancouver Aquarium
Livestreaming?: Yes!! On the Vancouver Aquarium YouTube Channel

For more information see


Update info on what’s happening to our Federal Accessibility Act

On June 20, the federal government introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament, which passed first reading. The next step is the second reading which will not happen until next Fall when the House of Commons sits again.


Here’s the News Release about the proposed Accessible Canada Act:


And here’s a link to the Bill:



Summer Job with GVAD ( colleges or universities students)


POSITION TITLE: Program – Event Coordinator

Greater Vancouver Association of the Deaf (GVAD) is the oldest advocacy organization for people with disabilities in British Columbia.  GVAD acts as a consumer-advocate group on behalf of the Deaf Community.  



30 hours a week for up to 10 weeks starting Tuesday, July 3, 2018.  This position may include shifts during evenings and weekends.  



Plan and supervise tasks such as fundraising activities and workshops
Assist office duties such as scanning, preparing brochures and materials
Assist the board of directors with assigned duties
Help seek sponsorship and promoting awareness of GVAD
Write publication and doing public relations for GVAD
Update membership list and maintain records
Organize the 40th Annual Cornfest



Computer skills including MS office and database skills
Ability to work independently and as part of a team with minimal supervision
Experience in event planning or organization is an asset
Ability to do multiple tasks and meet deadlines
Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrated positive attitude
Knowledge of American Sign Language an asset
Knowledge of Deaf Sports/Culture an asset
Knowledge of working with volunteers an asset
Between the ages of 15 and 30
Registered as a full-time student and will return to school full time in Fall 2018



Email:  with subject line: Summer Job 2018


Closing date: Thursday, June 28, 2018


2018 Summer Job Posting

Educational Assistant Needed with the Greater Victoria School District


Deaf/Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Support

(Braefoot Elementary School)

The Greater Victoria School District provides public educational services to over 20,000 students in the Greater Victoria Area, encompassing six municipalities.  To provide this service, the District has a current operating budget of $190 million and employs approximately 3,000 staff; which includes, teachers, principals and vice-principals, support staff, psychologists, speech and language pathologists and exempt managerial staff.

The Greater Victoria School District is seeking an Educational Assistant – Deaf/deaf and/or deaf or hard of hearing to support a student at the elementary school level. The Educational Assistant provides academic assistance to the student(s), monitors student behavior and facilitates the integration of the student(s) into the classroom and school environment. This position implements programs and materials as designed specifically for the deaf and/or hard of hearing.  The Educational Assistant facilitates communication via oral, gestural and sign language.  

The successful candidate will have completed the ASL Program at Camosun College or Educational Assistant Program Certificate or equivalent post-secondary courses in child management, adolescent development or behavior management.  In addition, the successful candidate must be familiar with AAC programs and devices.  Two years specific experience in working with persons who are deaf and/or deaf or hard of hearing is required.  Personal care may be necessary.

For a complete job description, please visit our website at – Departments – Human Resource Services – Employee Groups – CUPE 947 – Position Description/Qualifications – Educational Assistant – Deaf-Deaf/Blind Support.

This is a 10 month, 30 hour per week, CUPE 947 position with the hourly rate of pay being $26.09, plus benefits.

Please submit a letter of introduction, résumé, proof of qualifications and references to:

Human Resource Services, Greater Victoria School District #61

556 Boleskine Road, Victoria, BC V8Z 1E8


Fax 250-475-4113 / Email

Deadline for submission is: 4:00 PM, Friday, June 29, 2018

School District 61 thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.



61-SS-Job Posting Deaf Hard of Hearing – Jun 2018

61-SS-Job Posting EA, Deaf Hard of Hearing – Jun 2018