National Online Hearing Loss Peer Mentoring Program Officially Launches February 1

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(For Immediate Release) January 28, 2021 – The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce its National Online Hearing Loss Peer Mentoring Program will officially launch on February 1, 2021. The virtual online mentoring program will be available for Canadians seeking guidance and mentoring in adjusting to their hearing loss. The mentoring program will have trained volunteer peers who can relate to hearing loss issues by providing support through the online platform.
“We are thrilled to offer the Mentoring Program across Canada. The program’s success with our CHHA-BC Chapter under the leadership of Dr. Ruth Warick and Dr. Marilyn Dahl has allowed us to expand our outreach to connect with more Canadians,” said Lee Pigeau, CHHA National Executive Director. The pandemic’s current situation has created additional barriers to accessibility, making it very challenging for individuals to be active and connected in their communities. Our goal is to ensure Canadians, especially our seniors in remote and rural populations that may be experiencing social isolation, will benefit from our mentoring program connecting with some incredible mentors.”
 “The launch of the Mentoring Program comes at a perfect time to ease the isolation a person may feel from having a hearing loss which affects communications and social interactions. Through virtual platforms, persons with a hearing loss can take part in the program wherever they live in the country at a time convenient to them. In the privacy of their own home, they can have one-on-one confidential discussions with someone else who truly understands what it is like to live with a hearing loss and. The mentors in the program are peer experts, generously donating their time and expertise to share their knowledge and experience with mentees,” said Dr. Ruth Warick.
The program is free and available to all Canadians who have a hearing loss. The mentoring program’s benefits will help individuals acquire skills in managing their hearing loss in everyday life, achieving optimal well-being and personal fulfillment. Individuals will be linked up with a trained mentor who has the experience of living with a hearing loss.
Funding provided by the Government of Canada New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP).
Visit www.chha.ca/mentor for more details and to sign up. Must be 18 years or older to participate.
About the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) was established in 1982 and is Canada’s leading consumer advocacy organization representing the needs of the nearly 4-million people living with hearing loss. With a network across Canada, CHHA works cooperatively with hearing loss professionals, service providers, government and provides life-enhancing information, support, and advocacy to ensure people with hearing loss are able to overcome barriers in all aspects of their lives.
To learn more about the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, visit www.chha.ca
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Gordana Mosher  Manager, Accessibility Projects & Communications
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
613.526.1584 ext.103 Mobile 905-572-3923
E-mail: gmosher@chha.ca