March 9, 2020, Ottawa, ON– The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) and its board of directors are announcing that effective March 31, 2020, Christopher T. Sutton, our National Executive Director, will be leaving CHHA to start the next chapter in his career. Over the past two years, Christopher has created a culture of respect, collaboration, and has heightened the awareness of CHHA from coast to coast to coast.
It is with mixed emotions that we see Christopher leave, but we are grateful for his tireless efforts and contributions he has made to CHHA over the past 2 years. Christopher arrived at CHHA when there was much uncertainty and was able to quickly place CHHA on a solid foundation. We have seen a transformation at CHHA and know we are in a better place going forward. Under Christopher’s leadership, CHHA was at the table for the development and passage of Bill C-81: An Accessible Canada Act, our national office moved to a new accessible downtown location, partnerships and collaborations across Canada have grown and we have an active voice for Canadians impacted with hearing loss on numerous committees, our staff composition has grown and we are moving towards a more sustainable CHHA that will be there for generations to come.
“I am truly proud of what we have been able to accomplish during my time at CHHA,” says Christopher. “CHHA is an organization that is very close to my heart and one that has been a part of my life since I was a child. It’s been an honour to serve as your National Executive Director and I know that we will continue to work together to break down communication barriers for people impacted with hearing loss.” Christopher continues, “while this decision wasn’t easy, I know CHHA is in a much better place and that together with our dedicated board of directors and staff CHHA will move forward.”
“Christopher has created a committed team, has put systems in place and built relationships that will enable us to continue our progress,” says Marilyn Kingdon, Chair of the board of directors. “We will miss Christopher and look forward to seeing Christopher progress in his career since we know he will continue to make profound contributions for people living with disabilities. We sincerely thank Christopher for his vision, leadership and contributions and wish him all the best.”
The board of directors has set up an executive director search committee and will be sharing more information about the search process in the weeks to come.
About the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Established in 1982 the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is the leading consumer advocacy organization representing the needs of the nearly 4-million Canadians impacted by hearing loss. With a network across Canada, CHHA works cooperatively with professionals, service providers, government and provides life enhancing information, support and advocacy to ensure people impacted with hearing loss can overcome barriers in their lives.
CHHA has a global reputation in developing and delivering a wide range of initiatives that have challenged the status quo when working with people with hearing loss. As a leader in the sector we are sought after to provide comments and feedback on various policy initiatives, identify best practices, develop and test technology, which in return has advanced the quality of life for people living with hearing loss.