Message from the CHHA National President

Message from the CHHA National President
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association

November has arrived and it has been a month with many changes; the weather is cooler, snow has hit many parts of the country, and we have a newly elected government that will certainly bring about change.

Recently, the National Board of Directors had a two-day meeting in Ottawa with a primary focus on CHHA’s 2020-2023 strategic plan. We are excited that we will be soon able to share this plan with you and implement it across our organization. We also had a board meeting and are pleased with the progress that is being made to date with CHHA. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the board of directors for their commitment and would like to recognize Jon Wollaston, who stepped down as Treasurer and director of the board effective immediately, for his work as a board member.

We are inspired by what our Networks across the country are able to do in our communities to ensure that people with hearing loss are without barriers. Recently, our CHHA Newfoundland & Labrador Network launched its online speech reading program, and our CHHA Calgary Network was able to work with the Canadian Football League to ensure that the 107th Grey Cup Festival is fully accessible for people living with hearing loss by offering captions at the game in the stadium.

At this time, we would also like to congratulate one of our dedicated members, board of directors and past President, Colin Cantlie, for receiving the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteering. This is a very prestigious honour and I am very proud that all the important work Colin has done for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association has been recognized. Congratulations Colin!

I hope you enjoy the November issue of iListen!


Marilyn J. Kingdon
Chair, Board of Directors