Tuesday, March 29, 2016

NDP Campaign have provided ASL accessibility as well as closed captioned!!


NDP Campaign have provided ASL accessibility as well as closed captioned. Please see the link to see their responses to DMV2016's questions.


Enjoy watching this video!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

DMV2016 Weekly information for week of March 29th!!

This is how you can help


1 - Share Rant #2: Accessibility 
Copy and paste the URL below into emails and on your social media to share the first priority of the Disability Matters: Vote 2016 campaign - Accessibility.

Link to Rant on Accessibility

Click here for more information on Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Accessibility priority.

2 - Join us for The Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Great Debate
**DMV2016 is committed to providing accommodations upon advance request for all our public and community events. To request accommodation for any event please email vote@disabilitymatters2016.ca at least 1 week prior to the event.

Thursday, March 31
The Norwood Hotel - 112 Marion Street (ASL and Note-taker will be present)
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (please arrive early as the debate will begin promptly at 10 a.m.)
Big thanks to the Norwood Hotel for sponsoring this event!

Want to know what the debate is all about? Click here to see the description of the event.

You can also tune in through our live streams:

Audio, ASL interpreter and speaker: https://www.periscope.tv/dmv2016mb

Audio and Note taker screen: https://www.periscope.tv/DMV2016Debate

Remote locations showing the live feed of the event include:
Avis’s Place, 24 6th St.


Swan River 
ACL Swan River Day Services Facility, 330 2nd Street SW (“A Place To Share” meeting room)

Canalta Hotel, 1061 Manitoba Ave


Opaskwayak Cree Nation  
Beatrice Wilson Health Ctr, 245 Waller Rd

 Juniper Centre Inc., 108 Nelson Road

ImagineAbility, 500 Madison Street

3 - Spread the word about the Information & Rally Events: 
An opportunity for self-advocates and families to learn about Disability Matters and the many ways to get involved and contribute to this exciting campaign. Let's come together and harness this unique and proactive opportunity to create a better future in Manitoba.

March 30
7 - 8-30 pm
Canalta Hotel - 1061 Manitoba Avenue

Portage (ASL and Note-taker will be present)
April 4
2:30 - 4 pm or 7 - 8:30 pm
20 Saskatchewan Avenue West

April 5
7 - 8:30 pm
St.Amant  - 440 River Road

April 7
7 - 8:30 pm
120 Maryland

4 - Share the Social Media Icon with your members - and change yours too!
Are you on Facebook or Twitter? Download this picture and change your profile picture until April 20 - an easy way to show your support and encourage others.

 (Right click and choose "save image")

5 - Share information on how to order a lawn sign
If you live in one of the 16 swing constituencies you can order a sign online (we have volunteers working in all of those areas). If you live in a different constituency, you can pick a sign up.

Click here to order or pick up a lawn sign
Disability Matters: Vote 2016 Tools and Links
Link to the Tool kit
Link to the Voters Guide
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Sign up for Email updates

Please help - it takes very little time and will make a huge difference!

Thanks for your support!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Revised Western Fundraiser for International Deaf Catholic Association!

Candidate Nights for Fort Rouge at Deaf Centre Manitoba - April 14th!

Nurturing Deaf Arts with link for April 9th!

Red River CO-OP Annual General Meeting for April 14th

Red River CO-OP
Annual General Meeting
Thursday, April 14, 2016
at Canad Inns,
1405 St. Matthews Avenue

Registration at 6:00 p.m.
Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

If you are a member of Co-op....
you’re invited to attend the AGM.

ASL/English Interpretation will be provided.

Winnipeg Church of the Deaf (WCD) Bake Sale for March 20th!

ASL Immersion available for July 2016!!

Hello everyone!

The 2016 ASL Immersion Program will be held at MSD (Manitoba School for the Deaf) from July 11 -15, 2016.

Attached is the ASL Information (FAQ) in Word and PDF format.

Great news!  The ASL Immersion registration form is now available to be completed and submitted on-line

These forms will soon be available on the SMD website at www.smd.mb.ca (select SMD Services, then Adult Services, then Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services). 

We welcome all new students and families and look forward to seeing our returning students.  If you have any questions regarding the attachments please
e-mail me at cbach@smd.mb.ca.


Claudine Bach
Administrative Assistant
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
825 Sherbrook Street
Winnipeg, MB  R3A 1M5

Fax:  (204) 975-3073
TTY:  (204) 975-3083
E-mail:  cbach@smd.mb.ca
Website:  www.smd.mb.ca

Monday, March 14, 2016

Disability Matters Vote 2016- Weekly Tasks for March 14th!

Weekly Tasks for March 14

This week:
1 - Commit to voting - tell all your friends and family that you are voting Disability Matters in the 2016 Provincial Election on April 19. Share this on social media.
2 - Share information about How to Vote
Our team of volunteers put together a Voter's Guide. This handy tool has all of the information a person needs to vote on April 19. This is a great guide to share with your members - some organizations are even hosting a "Learn to Vote" session. What a great opportunity to talk about one of our basic human rights.

Check it out here: Voters Guide

3 - Ensure your members are registered to Vote
If you have not yet been enumerated or did not receive an enumeration record you can contact your returning office up until April 7 to arrange for an election official to visit you at home.
Or you can visit your returning office to register to vote. Returning offices are open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. except Sunday, when they are open from noon until 6:00 p.m.To find the address of your returning office, you can visit the Elections Manitoba website: www.electionsmanitoba.ca,

4 - Save the date & share!
We're happy to announce that we have confirmation from all 4 major parties that they will participate in The Disability Matters: Vote 2016 GREAT DEBATE.

Thursday, March 31
The Norwood Hotel - 112 Marion Street
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (please arrive early as the debate will begin promptly at 10 a.m.)
Big thanks to the Norwood Hotel for helping to sponsor this event!

We will also live stream the event - link will be available on the home page of the Disability Matters: Vote 2016 website on the day of the event.If you can't make it, think about becoming a host site and inviting your members to watch together.

Note that we will have an ASL interpreter and a note-taker at the event. If you require any other accommodation, please make a request via email at vote@disabilitymatters2016.ca by Thursday March 17.

Tools and Links
Link to the Tool kit
Follow us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
Sign up for Email updates

Please help - it takes very little time and will make a huge difference!

Thanks for your support!

Please Share

Please share this email – the more participation the better. Email this link to all of your friends and family, share it on your social media...inspire others to be heard. Thank you!

Manitoba Deaf Golf Club League & Registration information- Check it out!

CBC The Current will have a pilot Radio project for Deaf & Hard of Hearing people!


Please check it out this link http://www.cbc.ca/1.3428872 that explains about the CBC The Current will provide pilot project that will gives accessibility of public radio for Deaf & Hard of Hearing.

Enjoy reading the CBC article,
Sheila Montney
Executive Director

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Friday, March 11, 2016

Deaf students from Gallaudet University group went to White House!

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and his family went to White House to meet President Obama and the family. Cody Zimmer is from Winnipeg and is attending Gallaudet University along with other Gallaudet University students:) It must be a great day for them to be at the White House:)

Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf (MCSD) is looking for host families during Nurturing Deaf Arts

Friendly reminder to you all to forward one hour for Spring Daylight Saving Time!!


Don't forget that in Winnipeg, we will starts Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 13th. On Saturday, March 12th, please make sure to set your clock one hour forward before you go bed!

Manitoba Deaf Curling Club (MDCC) Annual General Meeting for May 1st!

Manitoba Deaf Curling Club

Hi everyone we will be having our Annual General Meeting. 

May 1/16 @ 2-4 pm
Affleck Room

Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

See you guys there!!

MDCC President

Shawna Joynt

Feedback workshop on Sports Committee

Feedback Workshop on Sports Committee 

Hi everyone we want to have everyone come and attend. We could use your feedbacks. 'All for One, One for All'

May14/16 @ 2-6 pm
Affleck Room

Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

See you guys there!!

Shawna Joynt

Chairperson-Sports Committee

Manitoba Deaf Golf Club is hosting Foot Golf Fundraiser

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A longtime member of Deaf Community- Kirk Ferguson had passed away

Hello everyone,

It is sad to inform you all that Kirk Ferguson has passed away recently. Please see the link-


Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Keep eye on special news with CBC about Cody Zimmer meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau & President Obama at White House!


It has come to my attention that Cody Zimmer (son of Rick & Kyra Zimmer) who is now attending Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C, he will meet Justin Trudeau (Prime Minister) and also President Obama at the White House. It will be showing on CBC News tonight.

Please watch for a special episode of Cody Zimmer with themJ

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Saje will have a presentation about natural remedies at Polo Park- March 15th!

Good afternoon, 

I would like t‎o share with you and the Deaf community that there's a seminar happening at Polo Park inside Saje store on Tuesday, March 15th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm with a sign language interpreter. They will have very limited seating but they will reserve some seats for the Deaf people at the front where they will be able to see a sign language interpreter clearly. Saje products are natural remedies for pain relief such as headaches, fibromyalgia, joint, arthritis,  weight loss, allergy reduction, cold / flu relief, air purifiers plus so much more and they are all chemical free. 
If some Deaf people are interested to go there, they're welcome to. It's free. Let me know who's interested so I'll let them know how many seating to hold. Can't be a drop in or walk in. They need to know before. Smile. 

Thanks so much! 

Have a lovely day! 

Joanna Hawkins.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DC Cafe Menu available at Deaf Centre Manitoba:)

Combos for Menu Board at DC Cafe

Breakfast Combo
Omelette with side hashbrowns
And a Minute maid fountain juice, coffee or tea
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Snack Combo
Irish Nachos w/ sour cream and salsa

And a bottled pop      
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Lunch Combo #1

Classic Hamburger or DC Café Dog (Fried onions, cheese and mustard relish)
Side fries and a fountain drink   

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Lunch Combo #2

Soup, Salad and Half Sandwich
With a fountain drink $6.00

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DC Cafe Fish Fridays available on Fridays only!!

DC Café Fish Fridays

Every Friday we will be having a fish and chip special that will run 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm! This includes an 8.5 oz piece of golden ale beer battered fish and fries with lemon wedge and tarter sauce!


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Wednesdays Special Wings available at DC Cafe only!

Wings Wednesday     12:00pm – 5:30pm

A basket of 10 wings with choice of sauce for only

Wing Flavours:



Honey Garlic


Lemon Pepper

Salt and Pepper


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No Bingo Event under Manitoba Deaf Seniors Club (MDSC) due to Easter long weekend!

Manitoba Deaf Seniors Club (MDSC) Board would like to inform you all that there is NO BINGO on Friday, March 25th due to Statutory Holiday (Good Friday). The MDSC Board would like to say have a wonderful and safe Easter long weekend!

Friendly reminder about Nurturing Deaf Arts & ASL Vlog!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Second weekly task from Disability Matters Vote 2016!

Weekly Task for March 7

Which candidates are running in your area?

This week, please identify who is running in the constituency where your organization is located. You can get that information on the Elections Manitoba website here: http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Voting/VotingInfo

Find their contact information (an email will do) and send them a little note asking to meet to discuss your issues. You'll find a sample letter to your candidate in the tool kit here: http://bit.ly/1OjOwNg

Meet with your team and some of your members to develop questions you would like them to answer. If they aren't able to meet, send them your questions by email. Make sure you tell them that you are a partner organization with Disability Matters!

Thanks for your support!

Disability Matters 2016 Weekly Task for March 7th!

Weekly Task for March 7

Are you on social media? Do you have email addresses for your friends and family?

This week, let's rally all the people we know to become a part of this campaign. Post this message on your social media or send it to all your friends and family through email:

Message: (feel free to personalize)

Friends, I care deeply about disability issues and am actively supporting the Disability Matters: Vote 2016 campaign and we need you to help too! All you need to do is follow the campaign on social media or by signing up for updates. Look at the Tool Kit to see how you can help and ask the questions provided to the candidates that come to your door.

Tool kit: 
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1QqzmXY
Twitter: http://bit.ly/1XC25yK
Email updates: http://bit.ly/1RTkEhi

Please help - it takes very little time and will make a huge difference!

Thanks for your support!

ASL Night for March 24th !

Manitoba Deaf Curling Club (MDCC) Annual General Meeting - May 1st!

Manitoba Deaf Curling Club (MDCC)

Hi everyone!

Annual General Meeting information:

WHEN: May 1, 2016 
TIME: 2-4 pm
WHERE: Deaf Centre Manitoba - Affleck Room

Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

See you guys there!!

MDCC President

Shawna Joynt

Feedback workshop on Sport Committee

Feedback Workshop on Sports Committee 

Hi everyone , 

We would like to have everyone come. We could use your feedback. 'All for One, One for All'

WHEN: May21, 2016  
TIME: 2-6 pm
WHERE: Deaf Centre Manitoba - Affleck Room

Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

See you guys there!!

Shawna Joynt

Chairperson-Sports Committee

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Winnipeg Public Library announce that March-April Guide to Program is now available!!

Library Newsletter Cover ImageMarch-April Guide to
Programs Now Available

Happy almost-spring! The March-April issue of At The Library is now available with hundreds of free programs. Some programs require registration.

  • Spring pre-school program registration begins Friday, March 11 for Baby Rhyme Time, Time for Twos, and Pre-School Story time. The spring session runs the week of April 11 until May 30. Register in person or by phone. Note: Family Story Time is drop-in. No registration required!
  • We are pleased to partner with the National Centre for Truth and Reconcilation on a 3-part lunch hour series. Learn the history of residential schools, their legacy, and the role of the NCTR in promoting reconciliation. Millennium Library: Tuesdays, March 22, 29 and April 5 from 12-1 pm.
  • Spring Break programs for tweens, teens and children and families will ensure you’ll never hear the words “I’m bored”. Fiddling, puppet shows, Reading with Raptors, crafting and hands-on experiments are all on offer. Load up on movies, music, books, eMagazines and eBooks, too.
  • West End Library will be open late on Saturday, March 12 from 5-9 pm with games, books and music to coincide with the Cindy Klassen Rec. Centre free family and teen swim night.
  • Books2Eat, the edible books festival, returns to Millennium Library on Saturday, April 16. Displays, demos, a delectable story time, and food-themed scavenger hunt for kids and teens are scheduled. And of course - edible books. Submit your own creation! Details on our website
Save the date for the Friends of Winnipeg Public Library's fundraiser Books & Brunch. This year's popular event features comedian Lara Rae and writer Catherine Hunter speaking on "Books I have Known and Loved" and is once again held at the Gates on Roblin. Ticket information is at friendswpl.ca.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

University of Manitoba Researcher is seeking Deaf & Hard of Hearing Adult with Sign Language- DEADLINE BY MARCH 15th!!!

My name is Nicole Hiebert.  I am a student researcher at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Psychology.  I am finishing my undergraduate Honours B.A. degree by completing an honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Glenwright.

For my honours thesis, I will be looking at sarcasm comprehension of Deaf and hard-of-hearing adults.  Please refer to this video

or see the attached word document for more information.

Please also contact me, or my advisor, Dr. Melanie Glenwright at Melanie.Glenwright@umanitoba.ca if you have any questions!

I look forward to hearing from you! Extended deadline is by March 15th!!

Thank you,
Nicole Hiebert 

CBC on Access Denied!


I would like to inform you all that CBC did an awesome job hosting one week from Monday , February 22 to 26th about Access Denied. They invited various people from different Disabilities Organizations to discuss about their challenges with the accessibility. It was a very good group discussion. 

Please see this video which CBC did summarize about Access Denied.

Enjoy this video!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Nyle Dimarco (Deaf guy) joining Dancing with the Stars this Spring!


Please see this link about Deaf guy joining on next Dancing with the Stars this Spring!

Enjoy read this article!

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Public Advisory from City of Winnipeg Police- March is Fraud Awareness Month!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Be Aware & Avoid Being Victimized - March Is Fraud Awareness Month
March is Fraud Awareness Month, and in conjunction with other agencies from the community, the Winnipeg Police Service will be participating in events to help educate citizens on how they can protect themselves from fraud.

These events include:

  • National Twitter event – March 8th, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2 Good 2 B True Day  at #2G2BT hosted by the Competition Bureau at @CompBureau
  • Twitter conversation - March 22th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., #WPSFraudSquad, you can even submit your questions in advance this year via twitter @wpgpolice
  • Third annual “Shred It” Event - March 24th, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at St. Vital Mall parking lot outside Silver City.  A maximum of two bags or boxes per person to this FREE event please.
Preventing fraud takes an awareness to recognize when an offering is false, in knowing how to protect your personal information, and in how to prevent yourself from falling to pressure tactics from con artists. These events are designed to provide education and reduce losses to involving fraud.

The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind citizens of the following:

  • Never send money to anyone you only know from an unsolicited phone call or email
  • Avoid providing sensitive personal information online or over the phone in situations you did not initiate
  • Research any request for money before making a commitment
  • Find a “Fraud Buddy” – someone whose advice you respect – and run any request for money by them before you commit to it.
  • Never feel pressured to make a quick decision, and
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  
Romance Scams
One of the most debilitating frauds that we have seen in Winnipeg is the Romance Scam.  With the internet, dating sites and social media we have more ways to connect with people than ever.  Unfortunately these are also the tools used by predators and scammers.

The scammer will imbed herself/himself into the victim’s life and develop a relationship over a period of time.  Eventually the scammer will begin to manipulate the victim to provide money for travel expenses, paying off foreign governments, or medical expenses.  When the victim finally realizes that they have been in a relationship with a scammer they are left not only broken hearted, but also with a financial loss.  Most victims of the Romance Scam that Winnipeg Police Service Commercial Crime Unit has spoken with do not realize how much they have given the scammer, yet in 2015 the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre found that the average loss was $25,000.00 per victim.  There were 672 victims who lost $16,889,780.67.

If you or someone know is involved in a potential romance scam contact the Winnipeg Police Service to make a report or go to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website, http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/fraud-escroquerie/types/romance-rencontre/index-eng.htm