Friday, February 26, 2016

Nurturing Deaf Arts-Deaf Arts Manitoba weekend registration deadline has been extended!!

Hello everyone!

The Nurturing Deaf Arts - Deaf Arts Manitoba weekend registration deadline has been extended to March 15, 2016

Please register at -  Details and the forms are part way down the page

Registration: 3 Events

There are a few spots left in the 
1. DE’VIA Mosaic Tile Workshop at MAWA 
Friday evening, April 8th at MAWA, 611 Main Street Friday from 6:30 - 9:30 pm - all welcome, both Deaf and Hearing!

and also a few spots left at the 
2. Guided Grant Writing exercises with Anita Small 
Saturday afternoon, April 9th from 12:45 to 3:30 pm at ACI, 4th floor classroom, 245 McDermot Ave (corner of McDermot and Arthur St.)
Bring your CV/Resume for this one!

3. Also, if you are interested in taking the Sunday April 10th ASL tour of the Canadian Human Rights Museum, please register for it too! There is a minimum of 20 people to get this special tour! Time(s) TBA

If you have registered already, we are looking forward to seeing you in April!

FREE EVENTS: ASL/English interpretation available - donations are appreciated - all welcome, both Deaf and Hearing!

1. Anita Small Grant Writing Presentation - Saturday morning from 9:30 am to noon at ACI, 4th floor classroom, 245 McDermot Ave (corner of McDermot and Arthur St.)

2. Ellen Mansfield on DE’VIA art - Saturday afternoon from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at MAWA, 611 Main St.

3. Deaf Performance - Saturday evening from 8:00 - 10:00 pm at the Irish Club, 654 Erin St.

Alice Crawford
Project Director
Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD)
285 Pembina Hwy,
Winnipeg, MB
R3L 2E1

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Another CBC article about Accessibility - more sign language interpreters!

Please see the CBC Article about need more sign language interpreters for Video Relay Services in Canada. 
Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc
Winnipeg will need more sign-language interpreters this fall when a new video-relay service launches for deaf Canadians.
Right now, about four or five interpreters per year are graduating from the only sign-language interpretation program in the province.
"I definitely would like to see more graduates from our program," said Rick Zimmer.
Zimmer, who is deaf, co-ordinates the American Sign Language-English interpretation program at Red River College.
"Having that connection with the non-deaf world to the deaf world [is important] … for so many years, they've been two separate entities," he said.
The city is already home to a video-relay centre, where sign-language interpreters take video calls to translate back and forth between American Sign Language and English.
Right now, the centre is only serving U.S. callers, but this fall, CRTC plans to launch a video-relay service in Canada, with registration starting this summer.
"We will need many more student graduates, so we do need more of a push," said Zimmer.

English, ASL very different languages

The learning curve is huge for students – many come into the four-year program without being fluent in ASL and having little familiarity with deaf culture.
"Because we're second language users who learn language so late in life, it's an additional challenge. Most Spanish, most French interpreters grew up using the language," said Mandy MacDonald, who has been an instructor with the program for eight years. "I think there's a lot of assumptions that people make, [for example] all deaf people can lip-read, deaf people want to be not deaf … we realize quickly those are stereotypes."
English and ASL are very different languages – sentence structure and tense are communicated differently and articles like "a" "the" and the verb to "be" are used differently.
Much of the "grammar" in ASL is tied to facial expression and the speed of a gesture, and students have to be prepared to interpret everything from couples' counselling to negotiating a house purchase to a coach teaching kids how to play soccer.
Rick Zimmer
Rick Zimmer leads a class in deaf poetry at Red River College. Zimmer, who is deaf, is the program co-ordinator for the American Sign Language-English Interpretation program at RRC. (CBC)
Because of the room for error, a large part of the training is teaching students to take themselves and their emotions out of the interaction.
"I think it's important for students to understand they need to leave their stuff at the door so that when they come in, they're able to tell someone that, they have cancer or their baby is growing inside of them but when they come out they're not going to survive -- you know, really, really hard stuff," said MacDonald. "We have to have our own stuff in check before we can facilitate any interaction like that."
Another distinct aspect of the training program is accurately representing the voice of a deaf or hard of hearing person based on their age, gender and where they happen to be at the time.
"We talk about, 'What do you imagine them to sound like? What does a 55-year-old man sound like?' Would he say, 'Oh my gosh! I really like that! Thank you!'? Is that how your dad would talk? No? What are the words he would typically use?" said MacDonald, adding they do a lot of studying around what people of different generations sound like and how people augment their speech based on the venue they are in. "There's certain words [people will] use with their boss that they would not typically use on the floor of a shop, versus their wife, versus their mother."

Men rarely enrol, staff say

One thing the program is lacking? Men.
Right now, the program has exclusively female students, and they rarely see men come through the program.
That means when a man who is deaf or hard of hearing wants to work with an interpreter, there are a lot fewer options.
Mandy MacDonald
Mandy MacDonald has been an instructor with the program for eight years. (CBC)
"Signing and speaking are very gender-based," MacDonald said. "When [students] are actually out in the field interpreting, then they get live feedback. We call it, 'It sounds too much like you intruding on the message.' So if … I say 'like' a lot and it starts to come out in the message, that's me having an impact on the message."
The program started in 1978 as a small, short program at RRC. It then expanded to two years, and now it's a four-year joint-program with the University of Manitoba.
The program employs a mix of deaf and non-deaf instructors, and in some cases, like MacDonald's cross-culture class, deaf and non-deaf instructors co-teach.
MacDonald said initially, students only got involved because they had a friend or family member who was deaf, but that's changing.

Woman moves from Winkler into deaf centre

Student Sarah Klassen was working as an educational assistant at a Winkler elementary school when a deaf student moved to the area and needed an interpreter.
The school couldn't convince a trained sign-language interpreter to move out to the community, so they asked Klassen if she would be willing to learn.
"I fell in love with the deaf community and the language," she said.
After being hired by the division as a "signer," she decided that wasn't good enough.
"I knew for me to be an ally with the community, I knew I would have to become a trained interpreter," she said. "I didn't realize how much self-reflection there would be, and how we need to just really analyze our beliefs and our biases. I guess I thought it was just interpreting. I didn't realize how my personal baggage can affect my job."
Sarah Klassen
Sarah Klassen, 32, is in her third year of studies in the program. She moved from Winkler to Winnipeg to live in an apartment at the Deaf Centre Manitoba. (CBC)
The 32 year old moved from Winkler into an apartment at the Deaf Centre Manitoba on Pembina Highway.
But it's already difficult, she said, to navigate the world of socializing and making friends who are deaf and maintaining a professional distance.
"I've been trying to figure out, how would I interpret for them? Or could I even? Would I influence the interpretation because of our friendship?" she said.
Zimmer says friendships in the community are important, and generally interpreters should avoid interpreting for friends and family.
"I always encourage our students to get involved in the deaf community. It's key," he said. "You can definitely have close friends in the deaf community, but you'll always be viewed as a professional."
MacDonald  hopes more students enrol in the program, especially based on the need for more interpreters.
"Eighteen years later I still love it. I still get nervous, I still get excited. There is vicarious trauma that happens, but there's also vicarious excitement that happens," she said. "The deaf community is so welcoming, so gracious. The deaf community has lots of space for us."
Here is the video of Rick Zimmer:

Story from CBC about Access Denied- Deaf Blind Housing Project


Please see this link to see Gayle Northcott about her personal experience & also Bonnie Heath to explain about Deaf-Blind Housing Project.

Here is the article from CBC:

Winnipeg will soon be one of the first cities in Canada to have specialized housing designed for people who are both deaf and blind.
Bonnie Heath, executive director of the Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf-Blind, has put down payments on 10 suites in the residential portion of the new Gas Station Arts Centre, which is slated for the corner of River Avenue and Osborne Street.
"We're very excited," Heath said, adding that the need for this kind of housing is great.
"The deaf-blind individuals that I'm in contact with in their own homes right now feel isolated and unsafe." 
'I'm just hoping it won't take too long.'- Gayle Northcott
She added, "You have a combination of you can't see and you can't hear; you don't know who's coming into your place. You don't know, for example, one of my deaf-blind friends said she wouldn't even know the toilet was running over until the water was at her ankles in the dining room."
Heath works with dozens of Manitobans who are deaf-blind — people with a combination of no vision or low vision and hearing that rely on interpreters to communicate. 
The apartments will not only bring members of the deaf-blind community under one roof, the apartments will be designed with them and for them for safer and easier living, said Heath.
"Sharp edges, you know, things that we take for granted when we can see, getting around corners — those types of things will be avoided."

Forks architect will design tactile-focused environment

Winnipeg-based architect Steve Cohlmeyer, whose resume includes The Forks, will tackle the project, which he acknowledges will be a first for him.
"At the level of problem-solving, I think it's really exciting — and exciting because there's a whole service aspect and a kind of integration of a whole group I was unaware of when I first got the call," he said.
Cohlmeyer is considering is a tactile approach to design — for example, surfaces that will distinguish between rooms.
"For people who have no sight and zero hearing, we'll certainly want to explore the kinds of things you can help feel your way through a space," he said, adding that for people with partial sight, high-contrast spaces may be important.
Bonnie Heath and Gayle Northcott
Bonnie Heath, left, interprets for Gayle Northcott, right, in Northcott's current home in Winnipeg. (CBC)
"Exaggerated colour difference or dark and light contrast will be a helpful thing to have," he said. "So you can see where a door cabinet is against a light floor as opposed to all-white cabinets and all-white floors."
In the coming months, Cohlmeyer will visit deaf-blind clients to "watch how they live" to source his design solutions. He said he is also travelling to Toronto and the United States to visit existing deaf-blind housing to learn what works well and what doesn't.
"Even when you're well-acquainted with an environment you can still bump into things, so we want to be watching and learning as much as we can about how we facilitate movement and operation of equipment within the unit itself and how they can move again between the unit and even elevators and an outdoor terrace."

Money raised via RAW:almond

​The down payments for the suites come largely from three years' worth of donations collected by RAW:almond, Winnipeg's pop-up river restaurant.
Chef Mandel Hitzer collects donations at the restaurant each year and even slept on the ice for 21 nights to raise money for charity. 
He said the city has been so supportive of his restaurant, he wanted to give back. He chose Heath's project because it's close to his heart.
"I am the youngest of five. Two of my brothers are disabled: one of my brothers has autism and one is legally blind and going blind," he said, adding that while his brothers live in Calgary, he wanted to help here.
"I decided, you know, we're Winnipeggers. I want to help Winnipeggers."
Gayle Northcott can't thank Hitzer enough. The 72-year-old has been deaf and blind for most of her life and looks forward to day she will be able to move into her new home.
She has already drawn up what she'd like in her suite, namely wide hallways and bright specialized lighting that will aid her low vision.
"I'm just hoping it won't take too long!" she said.
The housing project will be paid for by the clients — some units will have rental rates geared to income, affordable housing and market price suites.
Shovels could be in the ground before the end of this year, Heath said.

This story is part of Access Denied, a CBC Manitoba series exploring accessibility for people with disabilities in Winnipeg.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Update from Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) re: Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre - Tell your story and see it acted out in improv theatre!

Arts and Disability Network Manitoba Event: Playback Theatre - A Mini Workshop and Improvisational Performance event. 

ASL Interpreters will be there. Sat, 27 February, 1:30 – 4:00 pm at Platform in Artspace - 100 Albert

Join us for a few theatre games and a Playback Theatre performance. 
Playback Theatre is improvisational theatre that starts with listening deeply to people's stories and then transforming them spontaneously into theatre. 
It is especially powerful in honoring the voices of people from marginalized communities and in helping to build understanding across differences. It is hoped that playback theatre could be a tool to both build community within ADNM and to educate the public.
  • To hear our personal moments, experiences and stories

  • To express ourselves creatively
  • To have fun
  • To build self confidence
  • To make deeper connections with others
  • To feel a sense of community

Mini - Workshop and Performance

  • 1 ¼ hour warm up to Playback Theatre with Red Threads troupe
  • 45 minute performance with Red Threads
  • ½ hour planning next step

Alice Crawford
Project Director
Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD)

Monday, February 22, 2016

Deafinitely Travel News!

Hi All,

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday and a fantastic start to the New Year 2016!!

It is with great pleasure that we inform of the new IPAD we have for our Flight Centre shop!!
This will make our Customer Service and Business with our Deaf Clients run more smoothly and efficiently using FaceTime as a way of communication. :)
Call me anytime with FaceTime at
If I don't answer it means that I am not at work and my IPad is not with me or I'm with clients; I will call you back if I see that you have called or you can send me an email at to set up an appointment.

We are also excited to inform you all that we have an Instagram Account set up and would love for all of you to follow us!
Our goal over the next quarter is to slowly add more content and information which will be helpful to the Deaf Community and we will also be including vlogs (video blogs) so that you don't have to read a script to hear about the latest deals and/or sales! Everything will be in sign!!
Deafinitely Travel is the name of our Instagram Account.
We will eventually link this with a Facebook Page and Twitter Account but we thought it would be best to do this all in stages…watch out for changes over the next 6 months or so! :)

Finally, as all of you know, the DeafNation Expo is coming up on July 5th to July 8th in Las Vegas.
If any of you are interested in attending, we will be promoting some package deals (Flights/Accommodations/Airport Transfers/Excursions) within the next few weeks.
Pop me over an email or Facetime me if you want exclusive pricing for this upcoming Expo!

We are so happy to finally see that our hard work and efforts are paying off by being able to offer all of our important Deaf Customers a way to easily book any travel adventures throughout the world! We would love to hear from you if you have any feedback for us or suggestions for upcoming holiday packages with interpreters; send us an email any time at

Pass this email along to any of your friends, colleagues or aquaintences  - we would love to spread the word! :)

Hope to hear from you all soon!

Chanin Nickerson – International Travel Consultant | Flight Centre Polo Park
1485 Portage Avenue | Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G0W4
(Phone) 204 7725256| (Toll Free) 1 844 873 5495 | (Email)

Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 9:00pm / Saturday - 9:30 am - 6:00pm/ Sunday - 11:00 am - 6:00pm
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Weekly Task for Disability Matters: Vote 2016- February 22nd!

Weekly Task for February 22

It only takes a few minutes...

Are you registered to vote? If an enumerator did not come to your house to register you to vote, please call Elections Manitoba:1
866-628-6837 or email They will give you more information to help you get on the voters’ list.  This needs to be done before April 7. 

If you need assistance, ask a friend for help (and make sure your friend is registered too!)

You're one step closer to voting in the Manitoba Provincial Election on April 19.

Thanks for your support!

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Announcement about Disability Matters: Vote 2016

Jordan Sangalang from New Directions made an announcement about Disability Matters: Vote 2016!

What is Disability Matters: Vote 2016?

Jordan Sangalang from New Directions is doing the ASL video to explain what is Disability Matters: Vote 2016 is. Check it out!

International Catholic Deaf Association Bake Sale February 28, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Disability Matters Vote 2016

Lots of work getting done

In the last few weeks Disability Matters: Vote 2016 has been very busy getting information ready for you to support the campaign.

Five key priorities:
With your help, we identified the 5 Key Priorities for the Disability Matters: Vote 2016 campaign and launched them at a press conference last week. To see the priorities:

     Media coverage of the event: priorities.html

Get ready to vote:
We created an enumeration document to help everyone understand the enumeration process and how to ensure that every person that wants to vote is on the voter's list. You can look at the document here and other how to vote information here:

Participate in the campaign:
We developed an Election Tool Kit to help you get involved in the campaign and ensure that your voice is heard! There are many very easy ways to become involved, from following the campaign and participating on social media, asking questions of the candidates that come to your door or ordering a sign for your lawn. Please help in any way you can, you can start by downloading the toolkit here:

Met with candidates:
Since meeting with the candidates from each party, we've now sent them the five key priorities and asked them to respond in writing to our questions. As we receive these responses, we will post them on the DMV2016 website to help you make your voting decision.

Constituency captains:
We've met with volunteers captains for the 16 key swing constituencies and some of the volunteers working on those teams. All captains have an action plan and are ready to accept volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, please sign up here:

Thank you:
We've heard from politicians, media and disability partners in the field that people are taking notice of this campaign. Thank you for being a part of history.

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CBC Article about Deaf Swim Team from Ontario!


It has come to my attention about this article from CBC this morning. Please see this link for the Deaf Swim Team from Ontario!

Deaf swim team in Winnipeg to compete in first ever Swimming Canada event

For the first time ever, the Canadian Deaf National Swimming Team is competing at a Swimming Canada event. It's one of few opportunities for deaf athletes to swim in high level competitions.

Enjoy this article,
Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Friendly Reminder but this time no deadline but let Christine know!!

Friendly Reminder- Camp Kakepitay Ukrainian Supper for Sat Feb 27th!

Full Time Residential Treatment Workers at New Directions

Full Time Residential Treatment Workers
Deaf Empowerment And Future (D.E.A.F.) Support Services
D.E.A.F. is now accepting applications for Residential Treatment Workers full time positions to support Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and youth in the care of Child and Family Services and adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health issues.
Responsibilities include:
·         Establishing meaningful, respectful, and caring relationships with individuals supported
·         Providing support and care to individuals in a community and residential setting
·         Participating in programming to meet the individuals’ goals
·         Participating in various recreational and physical activities with the individuals
·         Cooking, house cleaning, yard work and other household maintenance duties
·         Liaising with the education system, medical services, and other community resources

·         Valid driver’s license and access to use of vehicle.
·         Must be available to work a variety of shifts on a 24-7 basis (days, weekends, evenings, overnights)
·         Ability to intervene effectively in crisis situations using NVCI techniques
·         Demonstrated knowledge, awareness and sensitivity to diverse cultures and traditions
·         Related education and/or experience working with children with behavioural problems and emotional difficulties for the Residential Treatment Worker position
·         Related education and/or experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities or mental health issues for the Support Worker position
·         First Aid/C.P.R. and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training are considered assets
·         Good problem solving and communication skills
·         Strong work ethics and ability to work independently and as part of a team
·         Have interest and commitment to work with children, youth, and people with disabilities.
·         Basic American Sign Language (ASL), understanding of Deaf Culture, and willingness to continue learning ASL
·         Criminal Record, Child Abuse and Adult Abuse Registry Checks, and in addition Prior Contact Check for the Residential Treatment Worker position

The annual salary range for the Residential Treatment Worker position is $31,149.17 to $43,609.48 plus an attractive benefits package.
Please forward your resume and covering letter with 3 references to:
 D.E.A.F. Support Services
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults and Families
500-717 Portage Avenue,  Winnipeg, Manitoba    R3B 0G8
We thank all applicants for their interest in New Directions however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  Preference will be given to Deaf and Hard of Hearing applicants that meet qualifications. Unfortunately we cannot accept telephone inquiries.

New Directions strives towards a workforce that has fair representation of Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women.