Thursday, April 24, 2014

Toronto Association of the Deaf (TAD) Special Announcement!


Gary Malkowski , Toronto Association of the Deaf (TAD) President has announced the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) 's good news about Video Relay Services (VRS) that will be happening in Canada along with other TAD's events.

Please see the link -

Sheila Montney

Thompson Citizen Newspaper do the article about Deaf Curling teams!


There is a newspaper called Thompson Citizen which did the interview with Brenda Davidson (the skip) last week so there is an article about Deaf Curling that represents Canada.

Here is the link-

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc
Twitter: DCManitobaInc
Facebook: Deaf Centre Manitoba

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Breaking news... CRTC has reached the final decision about Video Relay Service in Canada!

Hello everyone,

Breaking news... Good news CRTC made the decision to have VRS in Canada !! It will be happening in Fall 2015. Please see the information below which I copy & paste from CRTC website:

The CRTC held a week long public hearing to determine whether Video Relay Service (VRS) for Canadians who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired should be offered. Today, the CRTC has issued its decision that VRS must be made available throughout Canada, starting as early as the fall of 2015.
During the public hearing, which involved the telecommunications industry, potential VRS users and representatives of the VRS industry, a number of participants suggested that rather than require telecommunications service providers to create and provide their own VRS service, to best serve Canadians, an independent administrative body should be set up to oversee the implementation of VRS.
The CRTC has decided in favour of this approach and is inviting comments on the administrative body’s structure and mandate.  This public consultation, which was launched by a Telecom Notice of Consultation, will lead to the creation of a VRS administrator with a Board of Directors that draws its members from all VRS stakeholders, including both American Sign Language (ASL) users,Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) users, telecommunications service providers and others. For more information or to participate, please visit the CRTC website (
VRS must be available for users of both ASL and LSQ and it will be funded by the National Contribution Fund. The fund was created in 2001 to subsidize local telephone service in areas where the cost of providing this service is higher. A maximum of $30 million from the fund will be allocated annually to support VRS once it is in operation.
The administrator will have the authority to make important decisions about how VRS is implemented within the requirements established by the CRTC.
The administrator is required, among other things, to:
·         Build a VRS model that meets the criteria set out by the CRTC in its decision, including targeted hours of operation and technical requirements with respect to the VRS platform and technology;
·         Ensure that VRS is delivered efficiently across Canada;
·         Develop the VRS service quality standards, privacy and confidentiality policies, and a process for monitoring VRS implementation, including dealing with complaints and collecting data;
·         Develop an education and outreach campaign to make Canadians aware of when VRS will be available and how it works; and
·         Report to the CRTC as required.
For a more detailed description of the roles and responsibilities of the administrator, please see the decision, available on the CRTC’s website at
The CRTC will ensure that both LSQ and ASL services launch on the same day, and that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the quality and availability of the service in both languages is comparable.
Once VRS launches, telephone numbers will be issued to Canadians who require this service due to a hearing or speech disability. All telephone users will be able to contact VRS subscribers simply by calling their telephone number. In order to receive a telephone number, VRS users will need to sign a user agreement that certifies they have a hearing or speech disability, and that outlines privacy and confidentiality policies, fair usage policies and information on 9-1-1 access. A user agreement is required so that the roles and responsibilities of the user and the provider are understood.
Access to basic VRS will be offered at no additional charge. Those who sign up for this service will need to obtain and pay for their own high-speed Internet service and an Internet-connected device needed for VRS, such as a computer, smartphone, tablet or videophone. The CRTC has decided that no special VRS basic Internet packages will be mandated.
VRS may not initially be offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The CRTC has directed the administrator to prioritize high-traffic times and to aim to provide at least 72 hours of VRS per week, with some service being provided every day of the week by the end of the first year of operations. Individuals will only be able to call 9-1-1 through VRS during these hours of operation.
VRS users will be required to pay for any additional services, such as call waiting, call display, video mail and long-distance calls. Where available, these services are to be offered to a registered VRS user at rates similar to those of corresponding voice telephone services. Long-distance services are to be charged based on conversation minutes.
To ensure that the system continues to meet the needs of all Canadians, the CRTC will review the VRS system at the end of three years following its implementation.  By making the provision of VRS mandatory, the CRTC has taken an important step towards improving access to the telecommunications system for all Canadians, including those with hearing or speech disabilities.
We hope that this information has been helpful. It is intended to summarize the key elements of the decision and to serve as a quick reference for consumers. For more information, please consult the decision, which is the authoritative document setting out the CRTC’s determinations about VRS.
If you’d like more information about VRS, including a list of frequently asked questions and details about how you can participate in the next consultation, please visit the CRTC online at

Sheila Montney

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Manitoba School for the Deaf Advisory Council for School Leadership- Fundraising event for May 1st!

Camp Kakepitay 2014 Membership Form are available!!

Camp Kakepitay Registration form for May long weekend 2014

ASL Night- April 24th!

Hurry up.. Almost sold out - Wedding Social for Brenda Stanley and Joseph Comte- May 24th


Wedding Social for Brenda Stanley and Joseph Comte
Saturday May 24, 2014   8:00 pm – 1:00 am
Varsity View Community Centre
Admission: $12.00

Please see Ticket Sellers:            
Andrew Hope, Marc Comte, and Kent Wall (Calgary), Denise Watson-Jarigen, Connie Labossiere-Gervais and Deborah Owzcar

Please come and celebrate their upcoming nuptials at their wedding social!!   

Manitoba Deaf Men and Women Curling Team on CTV News today April 15th

~ Special Announcement ~

Watch CTV News at 6:00 pm tonight (Tuesday) on Channel 5.

The Manitoba Deaf Men and Women Curling Team are the

“Sports Stars of the Week”

for winning GOLD

at the National Deaf Curling Trials in Ottawa.

Also it may air at noon today so keep checking on CTV today!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Exciting news for Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) Members!!

Hello MCSD Members!!!

Exciting news to share with you all!!

Dame Evelyn Glennie is a world famous Deaf percussionist who plays with symphony orchestras all over the world.

She is coming to play with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra her in Winnipeg on May 2 and 3, 2014 and then going on with them to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

MCSD is proud to announce that we have created a great opportunity for the Deaf community of Winnipeg to meet her when she is here.

The Deaf community is invited to watch the last half hour of her rehearsal with the entire Winnipeg Symphony orchestra from noon to 12:30pm on May 1, 2014 at the Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall. 

Then at 12:30 to 1:00pm 15 Deaf people will be invited onto the stage with her for half an hour to experience music the way she does. 

Everyone must arrive at noon at the stage door at the back of the Concert Hall.  Someone will meet you at the door and take everyone into the hall at the same time.

Watch for an ASL Video explaining the event coming soon!!

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you all there!!

MCSD Board

Friday, April 11, 2014

Manitoba School for the Deaf Fundraising event- Mom's Pantry!

Dear Deaf Community,
We are excited to announce that the Manitoba School for the Deaf has chosen to fundraise again with Mom’s Pantry! We are confident you can help us reach our fundraising goals for our student exchange trip to Japan in the Fall. Mom’s offers a diverse, wholesome product range that is sure to offer something for everyone.
Our most important partner in achieving our fundraising goal is you. Everyone involved is encouraged to participate and support our cause. Orders can be taken from friends, neighbours, community members and relatives. You can assist greatly by taking orders at your place of employment, social or sports clubs. It is with your effort and commitment that we will be able to reach our fundraising goal.                                                                
Place order online at
1.     Go to the ONLINE ORDERING BOX at the top right hand corner of the website.
2.     If this is your first time online ordering with Mom’s Pantry then you will need to click on CREATE NEW ACCOUNT in order to register yourself as an individual customer. It will ask for your name, address, email etc. and for a personal password that you create. Click on SIGNUP.
3.     Once you have successfully registered then go back to the ONLINE ORDERING BOX and type in your email and the password you created and press LOGIN.
4.     Choose the FUNDRAISING ORDER option.
5.     When the pop up box appears to login to the fundraising order, enter your ORDER NUMBER & GROUP PASSCODE found here:
Order Number: 119157             Group Passcode: 28630
6.     Place your order and checkout. You must complete the entire process (including payment) for your order to be processed.  Online orders are paid for by credit/debit card at time of ordering.
7.     Print your receipt for your records. Orders may be picked up at the Manitoba School for the Deaf during the day between May 26th – 30th. Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 15th, 2014.

We hope that you will help us in our fundraising efforts for our student exchange trip to Japan by ordering products from Mom’s Pantry and encouraging those you know to do the same. Together we can make a difference! We wish to thank you in advance for your support.
If you have any questions or concerns you can contact Mar at .


Mar Koskie

Cribbage Tournament for April 24th!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Manitoba School for the Deaf (MSD) News- Networking Day!

Dear Participants:

The Manitoba Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit invites you to our Thursday, April 24th, 2014 Networking Day. We are encouraging people to arrive for the day at 9:30 and get settled before the morning announcements at 9:45. We would like to point out that our day will conclude at 2:15 (not 2:00).  

To get all the information on this upcoming Networking day and to register please click on the link below:

If you are unable to open this link from your work computer, I would suggest forwarding this email to your personal computer and try opening it from there. If you are still having any difficulties, feel free to contact me.

Please note that each participant in your group (including children) must submit an individual registration form as we don’t have the capacity for group registrations. This is also  to ensure that we can collect accurate statistics so we can make sure we match the needs of all participants for this Networking Day and those to come. Space maybe limited for some of the sessions, so we ask that you register by April 11th.  Meeting this deadline will help us schedule more efficiently and ensure that we can arrange for interpreters or soundfield systems. Late registration will still be accepted but we cannot guarantee admittance into your chosen sessions.
I would like to point out that our lunch program this year will be run by the Japan Committee. Please register for lunch and support students and staff in their efforts in fundraising for their trip to Japan in the fall of 2014. 

Finally, please note that the parking restrictions on Stradford Street are lifted for the day.

Thank you,

Mar Koskie
ASL/Deaf Culture Support Worker
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Unit
Manitoba School for the Deaf
242 Stradford Street
Winnipeg, MB
R2Y 2C9
Phone: 945-8934 V/TTY, leave message.
Fax: 945 1767
Skype: mkoskiemsdca

Safe Schools Manitoba is a partnership initiative of organizations committed to working together to enhance the safety of Manitoba’s schools and communities.  The organization represents a collaboration of the provincial government, schools, law enforcement, professional associations and community agencies.  Safe Schools Manitoba offers workshops and resources for educators, students, parents and community members to build awareness and understanding of the problems and solutions that impact the safety of children and youth.


Bullying in Schools: Issues and Interventions

Bullying is a widespread problem that can lead to devastating consequences.  In order to address school-based bullying, we need an accurate understanding of the extent, nature and context of the problem.  In this workshop, educators will gain an understanding of bullying – its definition, forms, dynamics, signs, causes and consequences.  Effective, sustained approaches to prevention and interventions are a must.  Participants will take away a wealth of ideas to address bullying at an individual, classroom and school level.

Bullying in the Workplace

Workplace bullying has detrimental effects on a personal and professional level.  It is an insidious problem that can poison a learning and working environment.  The distinction between bullying and harassment will be made; however, the session will focus primarily on workplace bullying.  We will examine many dimensions of the problem – forms, dynamics, prevalence, causes, consequences, as well as steps to address it.  Finally, our discussion will explore the building blocks to promoting respect and dignity in the workplace.


Cyberbullying is a rapidly emerging problem that can jeopardize the safety of students and staff.  In this session, we will look at the forms, dynamics and impact of cyberbullying.  There will be a specific focus on the unique challenges posed by cyberbullying – it is perceived to be anonymous, occurs 24/7, and extends to an infinite audience.  We will also explore issues such as school’s role in responding to off-campus incidents, legal responsibilities, effective responses, and policy development.  Finally, there will be a call for a collective effort between educators, students, and parents to address this allusive, ever-changing problem.

The Role of Discretion in Promoting Safe Schools

Discretion plays a prominent role in the promotion of a caring, respectful, safe school climate; and yet this pervasive element is rarely acknowledged.  Interestingly, heightened concerns about school safety are leading to increased recognition of the role of discretion, because it allows for flexibility when responding to the nuances of each situation.  In this session, participants will have the opportunity to explore a range of factors that impact their use of discretion – education, training, values, biases and case facts.  Finally, we will examine the interrelationship between discretion and policy when creating a safe school climate.

Contact Information

Mary Hall, PhD
Safe Schools Manitoba
191 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB  R2H 0G4

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) Survey for Youth

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) letter for Parents & Caregiver!

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) letter for Teachers, Counsellors & Related Professionals!

Good Friday Service by St. Francis De Sales Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf

Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf (MCCD) April 2014 news!

Reminder- MCCD Lunch Fundraising event for May 4th!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Manitoba Women & Men Curling Team wins GOLD!!


We want to share the good news! Big congratulation to Clifford Beaulieu’s team and Brenda Davidson’s team for bringing GOLD from National Deaf Curling Trials in Ottawa. Picture was taken at airport with approximately  40 people to cheer for them. They will represent CANADA for 18th Winter Deaflympic at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in 
March 28 to April 5, 2015.  

 Names/Curling position:
Back Row- Men: Clifford Beaulieu, skip; John Gessner, Third, Shawn Demianyk, Second, Marc Comte, Lead
Front Row-Women: Brenda Davidson, Skip, Donna McLeod, Third, Sarah Rabu, Second, Slyvia Sigurdson, Lead-Acting skip

Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Deaf Walk Club News!

Hello Everyone!!

There is a sign of Spring coming soon! The sky was almost blue with the sun very bright with some trees that is almost showing blossom. Are you ready for walking??

I would like to inform you all that I am now organizing Deaf Walk Club again. I will make new schedule with dates from May to September 2014.  If you are interested, please come to my house on Saturday, April 12, 2014 for 1 pm. I will provide small refreshments so we can discuss about the location. 

Please let me know by this Thursday( April 10th) if you are interested to come. Please give me your cell phone number or email to me for more information for this coming Saturday.

 If you have any questions, please contact me at 204-770-9881 (text-only) or email -

Thank you,
Charlene Arnold

Deaf Walk Club leader

Speak Up Winnipeg for Pedestrain and Cycling strategies- April 12th!

You are invited to an open house to discuss pedestrian and cycling strategies

Over the last few months, the City of Winnipeg has been developing Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies that will help guide transportation choices in Winnipeg.  We are pleased to let you know that there has been great progress to date with a comprehensive public engagement process that has demonstrated a need for these Strategies to enhance walking and cycling as safe, viable and attractive transportation choices.  
With the completion of a city-wide telephone survey and the voluntary online survey, the City has received valuable input from over 2,200 Winnipeggers to help identify the walking and cycling needs and wants for citizens. A targeted stakeholder workshop was also completed, with representation from the education, tourism, development, health, environment, accessibility, and business communities, as well as inner city and suburban organizations, and new Canadians.
We have developed draft Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies based on the input we have received to date and want your further input!
The City will be holding its first public open house on Saturday, April 12, 2014 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People located at 2 Forks Market Road. The team will present the draft city-wide bicycle and pedestrian network as well as draft recommendations for new City policies related to Active Transportation.
Additional open houses will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Sinclair Park Community Centre located at 490 Sinclair Street and at the Manitoba Hydro Place Atrium located at 360 Portage Avenue for those unable to attend the Saturday open house.
You can continue to participate in this project in the following ways:
Thank your for your continued interest in the Pedestrian and Cycling Strategies; we hope to see you at one of the open houses!
Visit our website at or email us at for more information. 

AVLIC 2014 Conference Volunteers

AVLIC 2014 Conference Volunteers

Dear Winnipeg Community,

            We are writing to you in hopes that you will consider volunteering for the upcoming AVLIC 2014 conference. 

            The conference of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) is a biennial conference that promotes the profession of signed language interpreting in Canada and internationally.  This year the theme is “Interpreters and Human Rights”, and we would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting event.  Winnipeg has been chosen to be the host city.  In order to make this conference a success and highlight what this city has to offer we need the support of the community.  Support in the way of Volunteers.

            Our goal is to have as many volunteers as possible so that we can generate a flexible schedule with short shifts to accommodate everyone during this busy and exciting time.

The AVLIC 2014 conference runs July 8th - 12th

If you are interested or have questions please email:

We look forward to seeing you in July 2014!

Christina Morden
Scotty Dure
Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada
Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chairs
AVLIC 2014

Sign-A-Story for May 20-June 24th!


There is a Sign-A-Story available so please click on this link to see for more information-


Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Deaf Performer Call for Entry by Deaf Culture Centre

Deaf Performers Call for Entry

YOUTH definition for this call for entry:  16 to 34 years old

DEADLINE for submissions:  May 9, 2014

Defty Awards Gala will be on Friday, September 19, 2014.