Monday, May 30, 2016

Friendly reminder- ICDA Conference 2016- Early Combo is due by TOMORROW (May 31st)

Friendly reminder- Early Combo is due by tomorrow (May 31st)
Regular combo package and individual price- due by August 1st.

Liette Gervais
Registration Chairperson

Friday, May 27, 2016

Winnipeg Police Services News Release- Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad-Sat May 28th

Winnipeg Police Service

Friday, May 27, 2016

Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad
The 2016 Motorcycle Ride for Dad will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016 – 10:00 AM starting at Polo Park Shopping Centre.
Our goal is for men to get checked. We accomplish this by bringing local research and awareness to the fight against prostate cancer and increase the number of registered riders and pledge donations from last year. Since 2009, the Manitoba Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised over 1.1 million for prostate cancer research and education in Manitoba.
Where: Polo Park Shopping Centre (south parking lot, near Earl’s)
When: 10:00 a.m.
Description: The event will begin with an official parade westbound on Portage Avenue to the Perimeter Highway and Red River Exhibition Park. As a result, minor traffic interruptions may occur during the parade.  
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to remind motorists to reduce their speeds and drive cautiously while in the area of the parade.
Thank you for your support.

Winnipeg Police Service New Release- 13th annual Door Open Winnipeg at Winnipeg Police Museum

Winnipeg Police Service

Friday, May 27, 2016

Doors Open Winnipeg
As part of 13th annual ‘Doors Open Winnipeg’, the Winnipeg Police Service invites members of the public to visit the Winnipeg Police Museum, located on the main floor of the new Police Headquarters, 245 Smith Street on May 28th & 29th between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
This free annual event is presented by Heritage Winnipeg which showcases the rich history and architecture of our great city.
For more information, please visit
Hope to see you there!

Winnipeg Police Services-News Release- Cops for Cancer Head Shave- Saturday, May 28th!

Winnipeg Police Service

  Friday, May 27, 2016

Cops for Cancer Head Shave
The Cops for Cancer Head Shave 2016 will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 28th at 12:00 noon at the Kildonan Place Shopping Centre (Centre Court), located at 1555 Regent Avenue West. Participants comprised of police and staff members of the Winnipeg Police Service, retired members, spouses, children and special friends, will be losing their locks to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society Manitoba Division.
Over the past decade, this event has raised over $400,000 and has become a significant fundraiser for the Cancer Society in raising money for the fight against Cancer.  All money raised remains in our Province.
"Today's event highlights the important role that the Winnipeg Police Service plays in our community", said Erin Crawford, Canadian Cancer Society Senior Director of Public Issues and Community Engagement.
WPS members are invited to come out and support their peers and make donations to help in the battle against Cancer which has touched many of us in some way.
The Winnipeg Police Service would like to invite the public and members of the media to come out and support this cause.
Hope to see you there!

CBC Manitoba Radio Interview with Joanna Hawkins by Ismaila Alfa

CBC Manitoba Radio
Interview with Joanna Hawkins, Ismaila Alfa
Will air: May 27, 2016 7:40 a.m.
Ismaila Alfa: A reality TV show had an interesting conclusion this week...

[ Clip from Dancing with the Stars: Nyle and Peta.. Paige and Mark.. The winners and new champions of Dancing with the Stars are... (crowd cheering loudly)... Nyle and Peta! ]

Ismaila Alaf: Dancing with the Stars wrapped up on Tuesday, and this year's big winner was
Nyle DiMarco, who also happens to be Deaf. The show, and DiMarco's win, are bringing
awareness to Deaf culture around the world. That's good news to Joanna Hawkins. She's a
former Executive Director of the Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf and she's here with me
today speaking through an interpreter. Welcome to the show.

Joanna Hawkins: Hello, thank you for having me.

IA: Great to have you here. What did you think when you heard about Nyle DiMarco's victory?

JH: It was amazing news. It was so exciting for us in the Deaf community. He is a role model;
he is an ambassador for us. Specifically because he is Deaf and uses our language and
promotes sign language

IA : Was this something you were following? You knew he was on this reality show, had you
been paying attention to what was going on with it?

JH: Through Facebook, thankfully. I would miss it on Monday nights, I have to work, so I would
always catch up with it the following day. It was crazy, the Deaf community, and all the events
they would have watching it live or posting everything afterwards on Facebook. It was great.

IA : Great stuff. I would assume, then, that for someone from the Deaf segment of our
community, Nyle DiMarco being able to perform and do so well in the competition wasn't that big
of a surprise. But it may be a bit of a surprise to some who aren't from the Deaf part of our
community. Can you explain why this is a big deal?

JH: That's very true, yeah. We have a lot of talented, skilled Deaf people here in our own
community. But we often don't get the chance to show ourselves. For instance, myself, I'm
involved in 100 Decibels, the mime troupe here in Winnipeg. It's great to be able to showcase
what we can do to nonDeaf individuals, because they don't realize that we can do a lot of things
we just do them differently sometimes.

IA: One of the things that may be surprising for those not from the Deaf part of our community is
the enjoyment of music, and how music is interpreted by those from the Deaf community. For
yourself, how do you take in music? What enjoyment do you get from it?

JH: I do enjoy music. There's a visual element to it watching
people dance, feeling the rhythms, feeling the bass. It's quite visual for me. Other people who have more hearing can hear it. There's actually a bar in Edmonton that I know of that actually has the speakers on the floor, so that if Deaf people come on a certain night they can actually feel the vibrations, which is fantastic.

IA: That's actually a very important distinction you make there as well, because I think when we
think of someone who is Deaf, we jump all the way to, 'well, they don't hear anything.' The fact
that there are those in the Deaf community who do have some hearing is something I would
assume is a misconception that many would have outside of the Deaf community.

JH: Yeah, exactly. We do try to have awareness campaigns that, you can't assume that
everybody is completely Deaf, or, you know all Deaf people don't lip read, or all Deaf people
aren't completely Deaf, just like all Blind people aren't completely Blind. We have different
abilities.Some people enjoy music who are Deaf, and some people don't enjoy music who are
Deaf, just like some hearing people or nonDeaf people enjoy rap music and some don't.

IA: Are there many other Deaf dancers out there?

JH: There are. Definitely in Europe it's much more progressive out there. Here in Canada, I
haven't seen it myself, but I believe it's probably because there's not the awareness out there, or
it's just not out there as much. I think they're out there, we just haven't heard about it. There's
actually a Deaf ballet dance troupe here in Canada. I've heard a little bit about them, but I
haven't actually seen them. So it would be nice to see more of that.

IA : With his dance, as well as on his Twitter account, Nyle DiMarco is bringing attention to Deaf
culture. When you look at the mainstream I mean, I see music videos out there now that
people have made with American Sign Language interpretations with the actual lyrics of the
song. How do you feel about Deaf cultures presence in popular culture at large?

JH : It's exciting. I think that Nyle has said it himself people can hear, everybody can hear, but
not everybody can listen, regardless of your hearing abilities. It's just great to get more
awareness out there, so that people know that Deaf people can, you know?

IA: How much of a challenge is it as a young pe who happens to be Deaf as well to get past
those misconceptions that people have out there that might keep you from getting involved in
things like dance, like music, like sport?

JH: Imagine enjoying something as a child, and then having to stop because people assume
you can't do it, or always having to prove yourself that you can. It's disheartening, a lot of times.
It would just be nice to be able to just be involved with everybody and show off what you can do
everybody has abilities and skills. Just being able to do it together regardless of your hearing
abilities would be great. But it is very frustrating.

IA: What would you like to see happen in the future to bring more attention to Deaf culture here
in Manitoba?

JH : I think we need a little bit more government involvement, maybe even on the federal level,
just to get more funds for Deaf awareness, to break those barriers. We have the organization
Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf, and we have started to kind of revitalize ourselves so we
are having more Deaf events. So hopefully that will bring a little bit more awareness to show
that we do have actors and photographers we have a drumming group here in Winnipeg. but
we do have a lot of barriers we come across and one of the main ones is funding. There's not
enough funding for courses to take, and for interpretive services.

IA: I really appreciate you coming by today. Thank you for chatting with me.

JH : Thank you for having me, I enjoy it. Thanks.

IA: I'm learning the sign for thank you thank you.

JH: (laughs) You're welcome!

IA: Joanna Hawkins is a former Executive Director of the Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

REMINDER!!! Today is National Census Day 2016

Subject: Census 2016: It Benefits Us All

Today, May 10th is National Census Day. It is very important for every Manitoban to participate in the 2016 Census. In addition to producing a high resolution picture of our various communities, the Census population counts are used as mechanisms to allocate federal funding to municipalities and provinces. As Minister Friesen said “It is up to all of us to fill out the forms because if we don’t, it’s our communities that will lose out.”

For every person ultimately missed, Manitoba loses $46,000 in federal transfer payments over the next five years. These funds directly support the fabric of our Province.

If you have not received a cream Census package, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016.

Census 2016: It Benefits Us All.


Wilf Falk
Chief Statistician of Manitoba
Manitoba Bureau of Statistics
824 – 155 Carlton Street
(204) 945-2988

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2016 July 8th-ASL Interpreter

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf Raffle Tickets (MCCD) April 2016

Potential Care Providers 2016

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My name is Jordan. I’m the Program Coordinator for DEAF Support Services from New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families.

This is for potential care providers (or "foster parents". Both are used interchangeably but, in this case, we use the term "care provider)

If you, a family member, friend, or someone else you now would be interested in becoming a care provider, feel free to contact me.

Some questions that may entail are:
-Do homes must be licensed? Should the home be owned or rented?
-I have family and kids living with me, would I still be able to have an individual/participant living with me?
-Do I have to be fluent at ASL?

If you have other questions, feel free to contact me and I'll be more than happy to answer your questions.

Share this message with other people who you know may be interested!


Jordan Sangalang, M.A.
Program Coordinator
Deaf Empowerment and Future (D.E.A.F.) Support Services
New Directions for Children, Youth, Adults & Families
500-717 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3G 0M8
Phone: 204-786-7051

11th Annual Winnipeg International Storytelling Festival for May 11th-14th, 2016!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CANCELLED for FOOT GOLF Fundraiser for June 11th!!

Message from Devin Stocki:

Hello everyone,

It is regret to inform you all that Foot Golf Fundraiser for June 11th at 1pm is cancelled due to not enough number of registration.

Camp Kakepitay Garage Sale June 4th, 2016


Camp Kakepitay regrets to say that the Annual Burger Supper that was being planned for Saturday, May 7th, has been CANCELLED.

We look forward to the upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration that will be held at the Deaf Camp from Thursday, July 28th to Monday, August 1st, 2016.
Registration forms can be picked up by the DRC office at DCM or you can check the DCM website for the registration form.
Spaces are filling up… be sure you register before June 1st in order to benefit from the ‘early bird’ registration. After June 1st, the prices go up..

The following people have been elected to serve on the Camp Kakepitay Board for 2016:
President – Kayle Miller
Vice-President – Mar Koskie
Secretary – Bruce Koskie
Treasurer – Jaclyn Demianyk
Policy & Safety – Ron Muir
Program Coordinator – Leszek Groszkowski
Maintenance Coordinator – Donald Demianyk
Assistant Maintenance – Chad Ellis

A date to keep in mind:  Chicken and Corn Supper will be held on Saturday, September 10th at DCM beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Tickets will be available in August.

Another date to keep in mind:  Camp Kakepitay will have a 50th anniversary celebration in WINNIPEG on Saturday, October 22, 2016.
There will be a fundraising supper with pictures from the August Long Weekend Celebration… followed by speeches in the Forrest Nickerson Theatre.
More information later…

Camp Kakepitay Board 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) charity partners with Changeit 2016

ChangeIt Program

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada is now a Charity Partner of ChangeIt®! This is a new way to give while making everyday purchases. ChangeIt lets you automatically round up your electronic purchases and donate the difference to us!
For example, if you pay $2.82 for a large coffee using your bank or credit card, $0.18 will be rounded up, added to your other accumulated spare change round-ups and given to Canadian Association of the Deaf in one simple transaction each month. There is no change to your receipt or your purchasing experience. In fact the cashiers will never even know you are donating… but don’t let that stop you from telling them.
At the end of each month, a monthly donation notification will be sent directly to your inbox to let you know how much you contributed that month. At the end of each year, you’ll also receive an Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes from Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada for every penny you donate!
If you would like to support Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada through ChangeIt, here’s how you can get started:
·         Sign your card up at
·         Select Canadian Association of the Deaf and set your rounding limits
·         Start making a difference
You can track your donations online, adjust your rounding preferences and even set a monthly maximum to ensure you never give more than you want. ChangeIt makes giving easy, and this small change can make a huge difference for quality life of Deaf community across Canada.
Help us spread the word about this incredible opportunity for others to support Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada. Tell your friends, your family and your social networks – it all starts with a little change!

* For a complete list of participating financial institutions, visit

Friendly reminder about the Con'td of Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) Annual General Meeting - May 7th!

Friendly reminder
Con'td of Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA)
Annual General Meeting

Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) Newly Board will host the continued Annual General Meeting on this coming Saturday, May 7th at DCM Affleck Room from 1:30 to 2:30 pm with new Business & review committees list only.

Sheila Montney

Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) Board

ASL Vlog-

Sense Job Posting for a Part Time Support Worker 2016