Thursday, December 31, 2015

Special message from Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc


Please see ( or copy & paste)  the link- . Hope you enjoy this card from Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc:)

See you all in 2016!!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Change of Date: Winnipeg Deaf Dart Club February 6th, 2016

Monday, December 21, 2015

Special Weather for City of Winnipeg from Environment Canada

Special Weather Statement

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 15:30 Monday 21 December 2015
Another round of snow moving in Tuesday.. A storm system over Washington state this afternoon is forecast to track east into North Dakota Tuesday spreading another round of accumulating snow over southern Manitoba. Snow is expected to start Tuesday afternoon near the US border and spread northeast across the Red River valley and southeast Manitoba through the afternoon into Tuesdayevening. Snow may be heavy at times which will produce poor travelling conditions through the evening rush hour before snow tapers off by Wednesday morning. At this point, it appears that general snowfall amounts of 5-10 cm are likely across the Red River valley and southeast Manitoba through Tuesdaynight with 10-15 cm possible in some areas, especially closer to the US and Ontario borders. There is still some uncertainty with the exact track and strength of this system which will influence final snowfall amounts. The public is advised to monitor future forecasts as warnings may be required as the track and strength of this system becomes clearer. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #MBStorm. Find out more ›

Important message from Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) - Nurturing Deaf Arts 2016 being postoned!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Residential Parking Ban Schedule starts Saturday, December 19th!!

Declared Snow Route Ban continues, Residential Parking Ban will be in effect starting Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m.

The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban put into effect at midnight will continue tonight which prohibits parking on any designated snow route between midnight and 7:00 a.m.
In addition, plowing of residential streets will begin Saturday evening to improve the overall condition of residential streets. As a result, a Residential Parking Ban has been declared and will be in effect starting Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Citizens are urged to confirm their snow zone letter in order to determine when their residential street is scheduled for clearing. You can find your snow zone with our Address Lookup Tool
 or by contacting 311 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 311, or by email at
). Citizens are encouraged to find out their snow zone letter well in advance of the start of the residential plow and to make alternate parking arrangements if they park on the street.
Starting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December, 19, residents of snow zones D, F, H, M, N, R and U will need to move their vehicles as plowing will be underway in those zones until 7:00 a.m. Sunday. Please refer to the entire schedule below for details about when snow zones will be cleared this week.


Saturday, December 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday, December 20th
Zones D, F, H, M, N, R, U
Sunday, December 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20th
Zones E, I, K, O, Q, T
Sunday, December 20th from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Monday December 21st
Zones B, G, J, L, P, S, V
Monday December 21st from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, December 21st
Zone A
Monday, December 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 22nd
Zone C
Avoid a ticket and tow
Residents are urged to find an alternate place to park such as an off-street driveway or parking lot, or a nearby street that is not currently scheduled for plowing. This will help the plowing operation run smoothly and will prevent you from being ticketed and towed.
Vehicles parked in violation of the Residential Parking Ban may be towed to a nearby street that is not scheduled to be plowed, or has already been cleared. If you believe your vehicle may have been towed due to the Residential Parking Ban, please contact 311 for assistance in locating it.
Stay back, stay safe
More than 400 pieces of heavy equipment will be used for this snow clearing operation so motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions and to use extreme caution when driving near any snow clearing equipment or sanding trucks.
Parking ban notification
The City offers free email and Twitter notifications which advise subscribers when a parking ban goes into effect. To sign up for notifications, or for more information about all winter parking bans visit or contact 311.
Background information: Residential Parking Ban
A Residential Parking Ban is called to facilitate the City’s snow clearing response to an extreme snowfall. All residential streets are assigned a snow zone; each snow zone is identified by a letter of the alphabet. Zones are plowed in 12-hour shifts, around-the-clock. Parking is only prohibited on residential streets during the 12-hour period when a zone is scheduled for clearing.
In 2011, City Council approved changes to improve Winnipeg’s winter parking bans including the Residential Parking Ban. Plowing zones in 12-hour shifts decreases the amount of time motorists cannot park on a particular street and also facilitates more efficient and effective snow clearing.

E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence (ECCOE) Holiday Closure Hours

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

AVLIC Executive Director- Job Posting Deadline January 4, 2016

AVLIC Executive Director Job Posting

AVLIC Executive Director - Job Posting

AVLIC thanks the AVLIC Staffing Task Force for their considerable work preparing this job posting!

Application Deadline: January 4, 2016, 4:00pm ET
Location:      Canada

Job Posting version version

Job Description version version

AVLIC Executive Director - Job Posting

The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada is a non-profit, professional association for interpreters whose working languages include a sign language. AVLIC was established in 1979 and has several Affiliate Chapters (ACs) across the country. AVLIC is the only certifying body for ASL-English interpreters in Canada through the means of our Canadian Evaluation System. Among a variety of services, AVLIC also offers a Professional Compliance Review Process (formerly the Dispute Resolution Process) to maintain quality and accountability to the field of interpreting.

The AVLIC Board, representing the membership, is transforming from a working Board of Directors to a governance model and hiring an Executive Director is one aspect of the transition. This is a new position for AVLIC, and therefore it is expected that the Executive Director would assist the Board and the members in this transition, while being respectful to history, culture and values of the organization and the community it serves.

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the association according to the strategic direction set by the AVLIC Board of Directors. The Executive Director will implement the vision and mandate of AVLIC. The Executive Director will provide leadership in identifying priorities and objectives, direct staff and contractors, support committees and ensure AVLIC’s financial and organizational viability.

This is a two-year contract position. Continuation on the position is based on successful resource development. Use of a home-based office is essential, located anywhere in Canada.

Responsibilities And Accountabilities:


  • Actively participates in the development and assumes responsibility for the implementation of the overall strategic direction of AVLIC in accordance with the vision, mission, values, and strategic direction and goals set by the Board of Directors;
  • Drafts policies (for the approval by the Board) and prepares procedures to implement the organizational policies, reviews existing policies on an annual basis and recommends changes to the board as appropriate;
  • Acts as a professional advisor to the Board of Directors on all aspects of AVLIC activities, on issues and concerns internal to the Association, and on trends and emerging issues in the external environment;
  • Fosters team work among staff, contractors and volunteers and collaborates effectively between the staff and Board;
  • Conducts official correspondence on behalf of AVLIC as appropriate.

Financial and Risk Planning & Management

  • Ensures appropriate financial management of the Association’s budget, including following appropriate bookkeeping and accounting procedures;
  • Ensures appropriate reporting to the Board and funding bodies;
  • Works with the Board to prepare, manage and execute a comprehensive annual budget;
  • Oversees expenditures within the authority delegated by the Board;
  • Ensures compliance with government reporting requirements;
  • Ensures AVLIC’s files and records are appropriately safeguarded and managed;
  • Identifies and evaluates the risks to the Association’s people (clients, staff, contractors, management, and volunteers), property, finances, goodwill and image and implement measures to mitigate and control risks.

Marketing, Resource Development and Membership

  • Communicates effectively, engages stakeholders via media and direct channels;
  • Provides guidance and oversight to ensure members and the membership process  is supported, enhanced, and wide-reaching;
  • Creates marketing plans to increase membership;
  • Researches funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and write funding proposals; implement fundraising activities;
  • Explores and develops new revenue sources, such as providing additional services or programs on a cost-recovery basis, in order to broaden the funding base of AVLIC.

Community Engagement

  • Provides strategic guidance and oversight on community engagement to the Board and/or to the appropriate committee(s);
  • Develops and maintains strong community connections and partnerships, and pursues continued innovation in, and communication with, interpreting and Deaf communities as well as other stakeholders;
  • Ensures AVLIC is represented at community activities in an effort to enhance the Association’s community profile and reputation;
  • Determines staffing and volunteer requirements for effective and efficient organizational management and project delivery;
  • Establishes good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, government agencies, educational institutions and others as required to help achieve the mission of AVLIC;
  • Promotes an enhanced profile for the Association and develops opportunities to market member services at community events.


  • Oversees the efficient and effective day-to-day operations of the Association using policies and procedures approved by the Board and membership;
  • Develops and implements operational plans which oversees the Association’s programs, projects and services;
  • Establishes a positive work environment;
  • Ensures that the operation of AVLIC meets the expectations of its members, Board and other stakeholders;
  • Facilitates effective Board meetings by preparing office reports, meeting agendas, proposing topics for discussion/review, and determines and initiates follow-up actions;
  • Supports the work of AVLIC committees and task forces;
  • Ensures that the programs and services offered by AVLIC contribute to the Association’s mission and reflect the priorities of the membership and Board.

Human Resources Management

  • Manages staff, contractors and volunteers by developing human resources policies, procedures and practices when identified, including hiring, orientation, training, evaluations and/or performance reviews, discipline, when necessary termination and updates and maintains current job descriptions for all staff and volunteers;
  • Coaches and mentor staff and contractors, as appropriate, to improve performance;
  • Plans for future staffing requirements and determines the experience, skills and personnel qualities needed to effectively deliver programs and services;
  • Consults with the Board on an on-going basis and as needed regarding human resources plans and staffing activities.

Job Qualifications:

In addition to fulfilling the job description, the following requirements are sought from the successful candidate:


  • Astute awareness and understanding of the interpreting profession;
  • Minimum 3-year experience as a senior manager in social services;
  • Fluency in American Sign Language (ASL);
  • Fluency in written English;
  • Understanding of the Deaf community and Deaf culture;
  • Able to manage time in a work-from-home environment at 35-hours per week;
  • Use of up-to-date personal technology, including Microsoft Programs, smartphone, printers etc.;
  • Savvy with computers and video-technology;
  • Available on weekends and evenings, when necessary;
  • Willingness to travel;
  • Criminal Record check cleared with no criminal activity.

Additional Information

  • Salary is based on $60,000 per year for a two-year contract;
  • Position will be in a home-based environment;
  • Position can be anywhere in Canada;
  • Interviews will be held in January 2016 by video-conferencing or in person in downtown Toronto.

Candidates are invited to indicate their interest in this position by sending a resume and cover letter by:
January 4, 2016, 4:00 p.m. EST
Christie Thibert-Reaume
Past President, AVLIC Board of Directors

All staff and volunteers of AVLIC are respectful of Board approved values – candidates from all backgrounds are welcome to apply. AVLIC is committed to employment equity.


Winnipeg Deaf Dart Club Family Bowling Night Feb 8th, 2016

Weather Network for City of Winnipeg- Snowfall Warning!

The Weather Network

Snowfall Warning

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 10:53 Tuesday 15 December 2015
Colorado Low to bring 10-20 cm of snow on Wednesday. A developing Colorado Low will move northeastwards through the day today across the Central and Northern Plains of the United States and push into Minnesota through the overnight period. As this storm system approaches, it will spread snow into Southern Manitoba overnight into Wednesday morning. Moderate to heavy snow will build into the region between 6 and 9 AM, with significant accumulations nearing 10 cm likely by noon. Snow will continue falling through the afternoon, but likely be lighter than the morning. A further 4-8 cm are possible through the afternoon. Light snow will continue overnight with lesser accumulations. Through Wednesday evening, relatively brisk northwesterly winds will set up over the province which will combine with the fresh snow to produce localized areas of blowing snow which may cause abrupt visibility restrictions on area highways. It's important to note that the heaviest snow will be falling along a narrow band and will be sensitive to the exact track of the low pressure system. While there is high confidence in the current snowfall forecast, Environment Canada meteorologists will continuously track this developing system and adjust the warning areas if required. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Prepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #MBStorm. Find out more ›

Special Weather Statement

City of Winnipeg

Issued at 03:36 Tuesday 15 December 2015
Colorado Low to bring snow and colder temperatures to Southern Manitoba. Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a developing Colorado Low that is set to push through the Northern Plains of the United States. The development of this system will be somewhat dysfunctional. The main disturbance is forecast to track northeastward tonight, moving across Minnesota on Wednesday before reaching Northwestern Ontario on Thursday. As a result, initially the main swath of snow will lie east of Southern Manitoba. However a secondary area of heavy snow is expected to develop along a trough of low pressure protruding northward from this system. Snowfall associated with this feature will track into Southern Manitoba overnight and continue on Wednesday. Because of the complex development of this system numerical models have had some difficulty determining the intensity and placement of the snowfall. At this time models are suggesting that the heaviest snowfall will lie along a line extending northeastward from Pilot Mound through Winnipeg towards Bissett. Preliminary estimates suggest 10-15 cm of snow are possible along this axis by late Wednesday. Locally heavier amounts may be possible particularly along the Manitoba Escarpment. In the wake of this system brisk northwesterly winds will develop resulting in drifting and some blowing snow by late Wednesday. Colder temperatures will also enter the region with daytime highs remaining near seasonal values for the latter portion of the week. For mid December average daytime highs for Winnipeg and Brandon are near the -10 c. The public is advised to monitor public forecasts for any warnings that may be issued in advance of this system later today. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #MBStorm. Find out more ›

Friday, December 4, 2015

ASL Message from Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf about Nurturing Deaf Arts

Here is MCSD's Vlog about the exciting events we have planned for Nurturing Deaf Arts - Deaf Arts Manitoba Weekend for our Canadian Deaf Artists!

Canadian Deaf Artists… an exciting event for you!

Nurturing Deaf Arts - Deaf Arts Manitoba Weekend - Jan, 2016.

Registration deadline is Dec 21, 2015. Why January? Why so soon? Because Canada Council for the Arts individual Deaf Artists grant ends Feb 29th, 2016. They are not renewing this grant again. 
This is a great opportunity to learn to write a grant in Anita Small's workshop in ASL in guided grant writing exercises.

This is for you if you want to follow your dreams, eg: take a year off to paint, write a story/poems, hire an illustrator/editor for your story, perform in theatres across the country, film a movie, take courses with ASL interpreting to further your arts career, etc. 

Fun Stuff!  We also have fun things lined up for you to do! 

Please contact Alice at for your registration form or go to and drag and drop the forms onto your desktop to print and fill out. You can take a photo or scan your completed forms and documents and email them with the subject line: Nurturing Deaf Arts or you can mail it to MCSD’s mailing address listed at the bottom of the page.

See the poster for details and the Vlog and registration forms for this event, at

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) Bake Sale- Dec 6th!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Manitoba School for the Deaf Holiday Concert- December 17th!!

Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Service about Holiday Season Safety Tips!


The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens to be watchful of potentially hazardous situations during the busy holiday season.  Being alert, focusing on personal safety and protecting your property can be accomplished in a few minutes with little effort.   The following are a few home and personal safety strategies to consider.

Holidays and children

Talk with your child about how he or she can protect themselves should they get lost in a mall while shopping. Teach your children to ask store clerks or mall security for help if they become separated from you, rather than trying to find you or your vehicle. Children should never be left unattended in vehicles.

Safe shopping

Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps, and keep wallets in an inside pocket. Deter pickpockets and purse‑snatchers by not overburdening yourself with packages. If you take some parcels out to your vehicle, put them in the trunk or out of sight. After storing these parcels, consider moving your vehicle before re-attending the store.

When attending to an automated banking machine, be aware of who is in line behind you and ensure your PIN number is protected from others’ view. Do not count your money in plain view of others and keep your credit/debit cards secure at all times. Retain all copies of your financial transactions and/or ensure that they are disposed of in a secure manner. DO NOT provide personal or financial information over the phone or computer if it is unsolicited and you cannot verify the origin.

Stay alert

Be sure to always park in well-lit areas. When you return to your vehicle after shopping or parties, have your keys ready. As you approach your car, be aware of your surroundings – look around and into your vehicle before entering it. Lock your doors as soon as you get into your vehicle.

Protect your purchases

Once you have your purchases back home, protect them by not displaying them or their packaging to passers-by. Close your curtains at night so that people can't see inside your home. This can also be an ideal time to update or create a home inventory. Take photos or make videos of items and list their descriptions including serial numbers. If your home is burglarized, these records will make it easier for the police to identify and potentially return your property to you.

Donate wisely

Criminals may try to take advantage of your generosity during the holidays by going door‑to‑door, asking for donations. Always ask for proper identification and find out how the funds will be used and consider phoning the charity to check if they're canvassing in your area.

Contact police if suspicious activity is observed in your neighbourhood.  Additional safety tips can be found on the Winnipeg Police Service website at

Have a safe and happy holiday season.