From the Desk of Myrtle Barrett
National President Canadian Hard of Hearing Association
(A reflection on the month of May)
I love May!
May always seems to be the beginning of something interesting and lasting. I was born in May and have so many memories of birthdays, special occasions and gifts. One of the best gifts was given to me 30 years ago. I heard for the very first time! It was not what one would call a typical miracle, but for me, it was and will always be one. The real miracle was the invention of the cochlear implant and how it worked for me and so many others.
Another May miracle was the one that lead me to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and the wonderful people I have met over the past 30 plus years. May brought me wonderful and lasting friendships. It also led to three decades of unwavering advocacy work for the hard of hearing and the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.
As an association we do wonderful things throughout the year, however, during May we get to highlight our important work as we celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month, which sends a reminder that our hearing is special. We need to take care of it and we need to educate ourselves as to what the solutions are available to assure we make the best of any hearing loss.
This past May has been busy and strategically we are thinking forward, to where we will be next May and for generations to come. Let’s reflect on a few of our accomplishments from this May and how this will affect our story next May:
- Celebrated various Better Hearing and Speech Month events coast-to- coast-to-coast
- Redesigned our I Listen E-News
- Hosted our first educational webinar series, featuring Dr. Marshall Chasin
- Launched a new www.chha.ca
As we end another Better Hearing and Speech Month, we encourage you to reflect on not only on May but moments that have helped create a stronger and more positive person living life with hearing loss. All because you support the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.
May you all have a wonderful summer!
Canadian Hard of Hearing Association