Message from the Executive Director

From the Desk of Christopher Sutton
National Executive Director
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

Welcome to the July edition of iListen. The summer is finally upon us and I hope you are finding time to enjoy some relaxation. This edition of iListen will bring you up to date on some of the important work that we have been doing on your behalf to ensure that all people with hearing loss live in a barrier free society.

The past months have been extremely busy for CHHA National. We recently wrapped up the very successful 2019 Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Educational Conference and Trade Show that took place in Montreal, Quebec. We were very fortunate to have the Honourable Carla Qualtrough join us for the opening ceremonies. This was an auspicious day for us as the passage of Bill C-81: An Accessible Canada Act was passed by parliament earlier in the day and the Minister was with us to make this historical announcement. It was a very exciting evening. Your feedback on the conference has been excellent from all accounts and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who joined us in Montreal.

The work now continues as we need to ensure that Canadians with hearing loss are represented in An Accessible Canada Act. We are also preparing for the upcoming Federal Election. We are working on resources for our networks across the country to use and engage with candidates on issues that are important to us and to educate the need for a National Hearing Health Care Strategy. Stay tuned for more information from Elections Canada, including a webinar on July 18, 2019 to talk about employment during a federal election.

In addition to all of this we are examining how we want to move the association forward. The board of directors are now preparing for our upcoming strategic plan to ensure that we are able to build a sustainable and vibrant organization that will be here for generations to come. More news on this will be coming in future editions of iListen.

I hope you enjoy this edition of iListen, and I wish you all a restful and enjoyable summer!

Regards,

Christopher T. Sutton
National Executive Director