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2017 CHHA Conference “Hear by the Sea”

Help us celebrate CHHA 35th Anniversary in Sidney, BC!


What is a Conference?

A personal reflection by Myrtle Barrett


There is a conference on hearing loss coming your way! Every year after a conference we get messages about how the CHHA National Conference changed a life. This year it could be yours, or someone you know, so please help spread the word.


A conference means many different things to different people as they gather to explore a life issue or specific topic. Let me tell you about the impact that one conference had on a life – mine. It was a beautiful summer morning and I awoke to the sound of a bird singing. I listened to my favourite music and took extra time with my hair and makeup. I searched the closet for my favourite outfit and I was feeling really good about myself as I headed off to work. I walked into the office and gave my usual morning smile. One of my co-workers said “Wow! You look like you’re expecting something wonderful to happen today.” Jokingly, I replied, “Oh yes, I am expecting one of those life shattering moments that will change my life forever.”


At the end of the day I was deafened.


So, I began my journey as a person with hearing loss. I thought my life was over, and it was – or at least the life I knew before. Then began the screaming, tears, and the frequent “What happens to me now?!”


I felt like I was at rock bottom. Eventually and gradually, I told myself there was nowhere to go but up, so I might as well give it a try. I had to come to terms with the fact that no one was going to make this go away, and that I was in charge of my own destiny. I had to accept that my hearing loss was a part of me, yet did not define me. It was a long climb back up; as I struggled with anger and denial, I really was my own worst enemy. I missed the conversations, the laughter and the sounds around me. I missed my music.


I missed me.


My family, friends and co-workers were at a loss as to what to say or do. I felt alone and helpless, and I was so fearful of my hearing loss because I felt like I was losing my identity. I was losing me.


I had a hard time voicing the words ‘hearing loss’, because once I said them out loud, they would become a reality.


Then my audiologist told me about a conference in Toronto. It was the first meeting of what we now call the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) –and attending it changed my life forever. It was there that I observed people like Charles Laszlo, Marilyn Dahl and Ruth Warick in action. I remember watching them and thinking “Ohmy dear God, what do they have to be happy about – they have hearing loss?” Over the course of the weekend I watched, went to workshops, listened to plenary speakers, and learned about accessibility. Most of all, I looked into people’s eyes and saw the same emotions that I was feeling.


I no longer felt alone! No more need to make excuses, no more need to feel inferior. The people at that conference were living my life, but they were living it better. I had found a way up from rock bottom.

I went home, determined to learn to cope with hearing loss - and believe me, it was not easy, but it was worth it. I saved me and I was a stronger and more confident Myrtle than ever. I’m not sure if it was a case of CHHA finding me, or me finding CHHA, but here I am, still with CHHA thirty two years later.


I can honestly say that I always meet old versions of me at the annual conferences. When I see it in their eyes, I reach out to them and, like I did so many years ago, that person goes home empowered.


ALL BECAUSE OF A CONFERENCE!


So, if you or someone you know is on their own hearing loss journey, please help allow the experience of CHHA 2017 to happen for them.


If you are a professional, come learn about how we go about our daily lives.


If you are a manufacturer or supplier, come and join us to see, firsthand, the fruits of your labour, and how well we wear your technology.


I look forward to seeing you in SIDNEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA at THE MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE, MAY 25-27, 2017. It’s a conference hosted by the CANADIAN HARD OF HEARING ASSOCIATION, and it could be a life-changing moment for you, too.


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Registration


Join us for CHHA 35th Anniversary! Participation is open to anyone interested in hearing loss or working in the field of hearing loss or hearing health related disorders.

*** Register before December 31, 2016 and enter to win a Sennheiser Headset!



Register Online

Use the conference online registration form to register for the conference.

Register by Phone

Use our toll-free number 1-800-263-8068
(or 613-526-1584 if calling from outside Canada)
to register for the conference.

Paper Registration Form

Print a copy of the conference registration form and mail it with payment to the:
CHHA National Office, 205 - 2415 Holly Lane, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 7P2
or fax to our number (613) 526-4718
or email us at conference@chha.ca.


Payment can be made by a credit card (VISA or MasterCard) or cheque/money order. If paying by cheque/money order, make cheques payable to: CHHA Conference. All persons intending to attend the CHHA Conference must register, including workshop presenters. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include tax.

Registration Rates (per delegate)

Registration type Early Bird
Prior to February 28, 2017
Regular Price
March 1 - May 12, 2017
CHHA Members $280 $350
Non-CHHA Members* $325 $375
1-Day Rate (Friday only) $225 $225
Couples Rate (10% Discount) $475 $504
Student Rate** $135 $135

Please note:

* Registration for non-CHHA members includes a one-year membership to the CHHA National.

** A student must have a valid student ID card and be registered in a full time secondary or tertiary institution or have an International Student Card. Please submit a copy of the student ID card when submitting the Registration Form. Without this copy the full registration fee will be charged.


Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be received in writing before April 20, 2017 and will be subject to a cancellation fee of $50. No refunds will be given for cancellation after April 20, 2017 or for non-attendance.

Full Registration includes

  • Delegate Bag & Name Badge
  • Program Booklet & Exhibitor Passport
  • Access to Workshops and all Scheduled Meals
  • Opening reception on Thursday - May 25, 2017
  • Access to Exhibit Hall on Friday - May 26, 2017
  • Keynote Speaker on Friday- May 26, 2017
  • Banquet Dinner on Friday - May 26, 2017
  • Post-Banquet Dinner performance by Gael Hannan on Friday- May 26, 2017
  • Open Research Symposium session on Saturday- May 27, 2017

FULLY ACCESSIBLE!

Captioning and Assistive Listening Devices are provided at all workshops and events.


Group Rates!

If you are registering 6 or more delegates, please contact the CHHA National Office to receive a 10% discount on registration rates.


Questions

If you have any questions about the Conference, please contact CHHA National Office: 1-800-263-8068 Chantal Coleman ccoleman@chha.ca or conference@chha.ca

Venue

The CHHA National Conference 2017 will held from May 25-27, 2017 at the Mary Winspear Centre.
2243 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9
www.marywinspear.ca
1 (250) 656-0275


Schedule

Schedule of Events

Date Program
Thursday - May 25, 2017 Opening Reception in the Evening
Friday - May 26, 2017 Opening Keynote Session by Dr. Marshall Chasin followed by Workshops, Exhibit Hall (open to delegates and public), Banquet Dinner followed by Special Performance by Gael Hannan
Saturday - May 27, 2017 Plenary Session by Dr. Douglas Beck, Town Hall, Annual General Meeting (AGM), Workshops, Social Evening - TBD

Dr. Marshall Chasin

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Douglas Beck

Plenary Speaker

Gael Hannan

Post-Banquet Performance of “I’m Hearing as Hard as I Can!”


Special Programs

Date Program
May 26 - 27, 2017 A full line up of educational workshops has been scheduled. More details on workshops to be announced shortly
May 26, 2017 Special Post-Banquet Performance by Gael Hannan
May 27, 2017 Social Evening (TBD) – Please take the “Social Evening Survey” to give your input on 2017 Social Evening!

Sponsorship

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!


Contacta

Hearing Hero Sponsor
Looping Sponsor

Better Hearing Solutions

Friend Sponsor


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities please click here: http://chha.ca/conference/Sponsorship.pdf

Exhibitors

Thank you to our 2017 Exhibitors!


Hearing Loops Canada

Contacta

MED-EL

Island Deaf & Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC)

Assistive Listening Device Systems-ALDS

Oticon Medical


Would you like to exhibit? Space is limited! Book your booth today. http://chha.ca/conference/Exhibitors.pdf

Travel

Additional Resources

For more information, please refer to these helpful Travel and Tourism websites:


Distinctly Sidney: http://distinctlysidney.ca/


Hello BC: http://www.hellobc.com/vancouver-island.aspx


Sidney Visitor's Centre: 2281 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC 1 (250) 665-7362


Sidney By The Sea : http://www.sidney.ca/


Sidney, BC: http://sidneybc.org/


West Jet Discount Code

10% off the base fare* for travel between Victoria and anywhere WestJet flies in North America (including Delta code-share partner network). To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need the discount codes listed below. For details on how to complete a booking with these discount codes, please visit westjet.com/convention-discount. Please use the Promo and Coupon code if booking with a Travel Agent.


Book by: June 4, 2017

Travel from: May 17, 2017 to June 4, 2017

Blackout dates: May 18 – 19, 22 – 23, 2017


Coupon code(web coupon no.) : EYFJJGQ

*For Travel Agent Web use only Promo code: YYJ01


Changes/cancellations

You can change or cancel reservations within 24 hours of booking at no charge. Further changes or cancellations can be made up to 2 hours prior to the flight; please note additional fees or charges may apply for each guest depending on fare class booked and differences in fare. Check out the service fees page for more information.

Accommodations

1. Victoria Airport/ Sidney Travelodge

2280 Beacon Avenue, Sidney, BC (2 Minute walk)

http://www.travelodge.ca/property/travelodge-victoria-airport-sidney


Located on the Saanich Peninsula — Victoria Airport/Sidney Travelodge offers complimentary WIFI, continental breakfast and 20% off lunch and/or dinner at pub next door. It also has a business centre and complimentary shuttle to airport and ferries available.


Room Rates

Check in at 3:00 PM - Check out at 11:00 AM


Date Room Rates per night
May 24 - May 25, 2017 Standard Queen $129
Standard 2 Queens $135
Business 2 Queens $159
May 26 - May 27, 2017 Standard Queen $149
Standard 2 Queens $155
Business 2 Queens $175


Rooms are based on per night (accommodation only, single or double occupancy) and are subject to local and room taxes. Additional per night fee may be charged for additional room occupants. The guest room rates established for CHHA Conference will be offered from May 24-May 27, 2017 (based on availability).


Reservations

For reservations please call: 1-866-656-1176 or e-mail info@airporttravelodge.com. Callers MUST identify themselves as part of the “CHHA block” or “Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Block” to receive special rates.


Please remember to book your room by April 24, 2017 to be guaranteed the rates listed above. Reservations received after April 24, 2017 will be confirmed on space and rate availability basis only.


2. Sidney Pier

9805 Seaport Place - Sidney, BC (8 Minute Drive/11 Minute Walk)

http://www.sidneypier.com/


Room Rates

Check in at 4:30 PM - Check out at 11:30 AM


Date Room Rates per night
May 24 - May 28, 2017 Classic Room - 1 King or 2 Queens (View of town) $199
Studio Room -1 King Bed (View of town) $219
Seaview Room - 1 King or 2 Queens (Full ocean view) $229
Junior Suite -1 King Bed (Balcony Ocean/Town View) $254
One Bedroom Signature Suite - King Bed & Sofa Bed $324


Rooms are based on per night (accommodation only, single or double occupancy) and are subject to local and room taxes. Additional per night fee may be charged for additional room occupants. The guest room rates established for CHHA Conference will be offered from May 24-May 27, 2017 (based on availability).


Reservations

For reservations please call: 1.866.659.9445 or 250.655.9445, and quote code Block Code: “CHHA” and Block ID: “437451” to receive special rates.


Please remember to book your room by April 24, 2017 to be guaranteed the rates listed above. Reservations received after April 24, 2017 will be confirmed on space and rate availability basis only.