Election of Directors



OTTAWA, ON (May 29, 2016)- At its annual general meeting held on May 28, 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) elected a new National Board of Directors.

The election results are:

  • Lorin MacDonald of Toronto, previously a CHHA national director, was named National Board President.

In addition to her experience in business, government and the non-profit sector, Ms. MacDonald is a member of the Ontario Bar. A long-time advocate for the rights of the disabled, she was involved in drafting the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and is a past member of the Ontario Accessibility Advisory Council.

  • Rhéal Léger of Moncton was elected Vice President. He is currently President of CHHA’s Moncton Branch.
  • Elsie Edwards of Winnipeg was elected Secretary.
  • Jane Scott of Ottawa was elected Treasurer.
  • Jade Coultman of Calgary was elected Young Adult Network representative

‘CHHA’s governance requires openness and transparency to build upon the trust of our members’, said Lorin MacDonald, President.  ‘The organizational structure will be reviewed to meet changing needs and the value of CHHA to members will grow to increase membership.’ These are my priorities over the term as President, Ms. MacDonald added.

Members of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association have benefitted from the contributions of outgoing President Ms. Myrtle Barrett of St. John’s. Ms. Barrett worked on behalf of CHHA for more than 30 years. “She is passionate about helping affected youth and young adults. Her international reputation as an advocate for those with hearing loss is a source of great pride,” said Ms. MacDonald.

Outgoing Vice President Gael Hannan, of Sidney, served on CHHA’s Board for 10 years. She was previously recognized for her educational efforts as recipient of the CHHA’s first Lynn Wheadon Award,” said Ms. MacDonald. Her many successful advocacy initiatives are also noteworthy.

Annie Lee MacDonald, of Borden-Carleton, also a member of the CHHA’s Board for 10 years, most recently in the role of Secretary, has made sustained efforts to welcome new CHHA members, educate the public, develop awareness about hearing loss and promote the provision of needed services.

The outgoing Treasurer, Stesha Hodder of Ottawa, fulfilled a key role over the past three years. Outgoing Director Rob Diehl of Hamilton and outgoing Young Adult Representative Curtis Les of Victoria both served a three-year term.

The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association has branches and chapters across Canada and works with professionals, service providers and government bodies to help individuals with hearing loss integrate fully into a hearing world.  Its vision is a Canadian society that is respectful of and fully accessible to people with hearing loss. For more information visit www.chha.ca


Glenn Martin
CHHA – National Executive Director
Fax: 613-526-4718
TTY: 613-526-2692