Message from the Executive Director

From the Desk of Christopher Sutton
National Executive Director
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
Welcome to July’s edition of I Listen e-newsletter. This is one way that the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association communicates with our members and stakeholders about the various activities that are happening in our organization.
I have been in my role for the past 4-months and I have learned from so many of you about what’s important to you, how you want to see your organization grow and what work we need to accomplish to make a difference in our communities throughout Canada. Also, during this time, I have been working with the board of directors evaluating the organization and developing priorities for the next 12- months. We have decided to focus on the following organizational priorities:
  • Updating Bylaws
  • Updating Governance Policies
  • Updating Operational Policies
  • Developing Sustainable Revenue Stream(s)
On the operations side, the staff and I have been working hard to:
  • Launch a new www.chha.ca
  • Launch an educational webinar series
  • Launch a re-branded I Listen e-newsletter
  • Host a National Youth Forum and 2019 Educational Conference and Trade Show
  • Advocate and work on the proposed federal accessibility legislation Bill C-81
  • Clean out and paint the national office in Ottawa
  • And so much more…
We recognize that CHHA is in a unique position and one critical strategic priority we will focus on the next 12-months is our organizational structure and sustainability. This is your organization and we want your feedback and to learn about your ideas, in conjunction with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association’s Annual General Meeting we are holding a National Leadership Forum on September 15-16, in Edmonton, AB.
Information gathered from this forum will help develop a renewed organization structure that promotes collaboration that will be introduced at the 2019 CHHA Educational Conference and Trade Show in Montreal, QC, May 30 – June 1, 2019.
At this time I am extending a warm invite to all branches, chapters, members, and those who are committed to the mission and vision of CHHA. We have secured a limited number of guest rooms at a rate of $139 per/night and encourage you to book your room ASAP to secure this rate. A detailed schedule and more information will be distributed in late August. In the meantime, please RSVP each individual attending by completing the online registration form.
I look forward to meeting with you in September and our work ahead towards building a renewed and sustainable Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.
Christopher T. Sutton
National Executive Director