Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Special message for Deaf Community

Hello Deaf Community,

Please see this link to open the special card - http://www.123greetings.com/send/view/12230514913433824466

Sheila Montney
Executive Director
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Monday, 22 December 2014

Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) ASL Video

Hello everyone,

Please see the link for ASL video about Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunication Commission 's (CRTC) 's special announcement about Video Relay Services (VRS) that was posted last Friday (December 19th).

See the link -http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/vrs-srv.htm

Enjoy the ASL Video.

Sheila Montney


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Spring Church Christmas Eve

Public Advisory from Winnipeg Police Service

Public Advisory – Fraud Investigation
Recently the Winnipeg Police Service has been made aware of incidents related to bank card skimming effecting local financial institution(s).

The Winnipeg Police Service requests that anyone who has been victimized and a financial loss has occurred, to contact and report the incident to their respective financial institution who in turn will report the matter to police.

For information on how to protect oneself over the holidays, and throughout the year, visit the following links to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.



Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf (MCCD) New Year's Day Mass

Calvary Temple of the Deaf Fellowship (CTDF) Holiday Schedule

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc (DCM Inc) Christmas Hours information

Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc
will be closed
 December 24th at noon and open on December 29th at 9:30am.
will be closed
December 31st at noon and open
On January 5th, 2015 at 9:30am.

Happy Holidays!

E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence (ECCOE) Holiday Closing Reminder


For the Holiday Season
The ECCOE 'office' will be closed for drop-ins from Monday, December 22nd – Fri., January 2nd

Please note ECCOE’s closure dates for the Christmas and New Year Holidays Are:

Dec. 24th: 1 pm
Dec 25th
Dec. 26th
Dec. 31st: 1 pm
January 1st

Dear Valued Customer,

We would like to take this moment to thank you for your ongoing support to the ECCOE interpreting agency and we look forward to working with you in 2015.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a joyful holiday with health, happiness and peace for the upcoming New Year!!
Please note during the holiday season bookings will be processed and interpreters will be assigned.  If you know of appointments now, please send them in at your earliest convenience.

With warm regards,
From all of us at ECCOE
Emergency contacts:
P. (tty): 204.452.0687
p: (v): 204.475.6332

Good Luck Curling Social- February 28th, 2015

Please join me in congratulations the Team Canada Deaf Women Curlers (Brenda Davidson, Sarah Rabu, Donna McLeod, Sylvia Sigurdson, Sally Korol) and Men Curlers (Cliff Beaulieu, John Gessner, Marc Comte, Shawn Demianyk, David Morton) on their path to the Gold Medal at the 18th 2015 Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia that will be held March 25 – April 5, 2015.   
               Come on down and congratulate/support them at the Good Luck Social taking place at the Deer Lodge Curling Club on February 28, 2015 – 7:00 pm.    Admission is $15.00 per person.
If you are interested in purchasing tickets - contact canadadeafcurling@gmail.com – let’s get together and cheer them on their journey!!

Carol Demianyk
Brian Broszeit


Update: Winnipeg Association of the Deaf (WAD) Christmas Dinner & Draw - this coming Saturday (December 13th)

  WAD Christmas Dinner and Draw
        Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Deaf Centre Manitoba

People have been asking about the Christmas Dinner and Draw and wanting to attend David Burke’s presentation that will be held beginning around 7:15 p.m.

For those who do not have tickets to the Dinner for 5:15 p.m. and wish to attend the presentation... YES, people can come in after 7:00 p.m. and sit in the area of the Cook Room (Dining Room). David’s presentation will be about 45 minutes, with speech, questions and pictures...

At 8:15 p.m. when the Christmas Draw starts, people can then pay the admission of $5.00 for MDA members or $10 for Non-MDA members (this is payable at a table near the bar). Please keep your green ticket and it will be used for door prizes as well as refreshments at around 9:45 p.m.

We are looking forward to seeing everybody on Saturday!

WAD Christmas Dinner and Draw 2014 Committee

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Winnipeg Free Press Obituaries - Robert Dusko

ROBERT WILLIAM JACK DUSKO June 4, 1954 - December 5, 2014 It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Bob Dusko, on Friday December 5 2014 at St. Boniface Hospital. Bob battled tragically with lung cancer with a brave face and strong attitude. Bob is survived by his loving children Sean Dusko and Megan Dusko (Kyle Baldwin) and his ex wife Kim Dusko, and extended family and friends of which Bob had many. Although Bob's sun no longer shines, his shadow and presence will be felt forever. A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at Crescentwood Community Centre at 1170 Corydon Ave. in Winnipeg, MB on Wednesday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. All Winnipeg Worms hockey team welcome.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on December 08, 2014

Holiday message from Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES)


In Observance of the Christmas and New Year Holidays,
Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES) will be closed
Thursday, December 25th through Thursday, January 1st.

We will re-open on Friday, January 2nd 2015!

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your support in 2014, Reaching E-Quality Employment Services looks forward to
your continued support in 2015. May the holiday season bring blessings and good cheer to you
and your family, and for the New Year to bring you the success you are looking for.

The Staff of Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES)
204-832 REES (7337)
www.re-es.org   info@re-es.org

Friday, 5 December 2014

Visit with Singing Santa Claus at the Forks

Visit with Signing Santa Claus
When:  Sunday, December 7th -  1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 13th- 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 19th- 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: The Forks Market Centre Court
123 Main Street

Bring your own camera if you want to take a picture of  your kid(s) with Signing Santa Claus!

Hosted by E-Quality Communication Centre of Excellence (ECCOE) and Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES)

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, focussing 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 www.winnipeg.ca/police

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

ASL/LSQ video message from Interim Board of Directors of the Canadian Administrator of VRS

Please find below YouTube links to the ASL and LSQ videos of the November 21 message from the Interim Board of Directors of the Canadian Administrator of VRS.

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous des liens YouTube aux vidéos en ASL et en LSQ du message du 21 novembre du conseil d'administration provisoire de l'Administrateur canadien du SRV.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Winnipeg Deaf Darts Club 2014 Grey Cup Tickets Winners

Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) Holiday Sale


Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has launched
Communication Devices Holiday Sale

For more information on the below holiday sale of Communication Device products, you can go to https://www.chs.ca/holiday-gift-guide-2 (if unable to click on link, copy and paste onto your browser)

Clarity Alertmaster AL10K
Sonic Alert Doorbell Signaler
Lifetone Bedside Fire Alarm
Clarity 40dB Cordless Phone w/Caller ID
TV Ears 5.0 Infrared TV Listening System
Serene FM Wireless Soundbox
Clarity Wake Assure Alarm Clock
Sonic Boom Travel Alarm Clock
Serene 55dB Corded Phone
Clarity Amplified Cordless Bluetooth Phone
Clearsounds 55dB Cordless

Sale ends January 31st, 2015

Friday, 28 November 2014

Parking Ban Notifications

City of Winnipeg Public Works

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban begins Monday, December 1, 2014

Parking will be prohibited on Snow Routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

The City's Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will take effect at 2:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014. Vehicles may not park on designated snow routes between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 to March 1.
Avoid a ticket and tow
Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban will receive a $100 ticket ($50 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.
Citizens are encouraged to check their streets for Snow Route signs, or if unsure, to contact 311 or use the online Address Lookup Tool.
Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight in order to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing of these critical routes.
More information about parking bans is available at knowyourzone.winnipeg.ca

Monday, 24 November 2014

Information provided by Proposed Customer Service Standard from Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council (MAAC)

Proposed Customer Service Standard  
By Doug Momotiuk, MAAC Representative
November 19, 2014

You remembered that the Accessibility for Manitobans Act became law on December 5, 2013. This purpose of the legislation is to provide a process for the identification, preventation and removal of barriers that prevent people disabled by barriers from full participation.

It will accomplish this procession to develop standards on customer service, information and communication, transportation, employment and the built environment.

As customer service is the first standard to be developed, the Minister agreed that the Council should be on the role of the Customer Service Standard Development Committee to work leading to application of the legislation.

This Committee has been meeting regularly since February 2014. We provided to the public on the government’s website. The ideas, questions and concerns were collected and considered in the preparation of this Proposed Customer Service Standard.

In April 2014, the Committee released the Discussion Paper on an Initial Proposed Customer Service Standard. They also collected feedbacks and concerns from the stakeholders and the public consultations on June 17-18, 2014 that more than 150 people attended the two day event and also webcast.

The Customer Service Standard Recommendation now has the purpose and application, effective dates, establishment of policies, practices and procedures, use of support persons, use of service animals, notice of temporary disruption, training for staff, feedback process for providers of goods or services, notice of availability of documents, format of documents and compliance.  

The example is that the organizations with 20 or more employees must have the policies/practices/procedures and trainings on how to communicate with Deaf people at customer services at the Government of Manitoba, every government agency and all private and non-profit organizations. The other example is that colleges and universities’ support services or customer services make sure if there are qualified sign language interpreters at Deaf students’ classes or meetings. The other example is to have full accessibility of communication between doctors and Deaf patients/families with qualified sign language interpreters in person or by video interpreters at hospitals.  

We forwarded the Committee’s recommendations on a Proposed Customer Service Standard to the Minister.

Reminder & more additional for Christmas Bingo 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014

Letter from Canadian Administrator of VRS for Interested Parties!


Nov. 21, 2014

To:       Interested Parties

Subject:     Canadian Administrator of VRS – Call for Stakeholders

Dear Sir or Madame,

This letter is being sent to you by the Interim Board of Directors of the Canadian Administrator of VRS (CAV) Inc., a new organization that is currently being established to oversee the delivery of video relay service (VRS) in Canada.  We would like to provide you with information about this new organization and to inquire whether your group may be interested in becoming a Stakeholder of the CAV in order to participate in the selection process to determine the individuals associated with the CAV's permanent Board of Directors.  There is no fee for being a Stakeholder.  If your group is interested in becoming a Stakeholder, we invite you to contact us to express your interest at the contact information below.

We are currently preparing videos of this letter in American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécois (LSQ).  These videos will be distributed once available.

The Canadian Administrator of VRS:  Bringing VRS to Canadians

The CAV is a not-for-profit organization that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently determined would be established to oversee the delivery of VRS in Canada.  The CAV will engage independent VRS service providers to deliver services to Canadians across the country in both ASL and LSQ, and ensure that VRS is provided in accordance with CRTC requirements.  The CRTC has provided that VRS in Canada will receive funding of up to $30 million each year, to be paid by contributions from telecommunications service providers (TSPs).

A number of steps need to take place before the CAV can launch VRS in Canada:

1)            Determine the Corporate Structure of the CAV:  The first step toward launching VRS involves determining the corporate structure of the CAV.  The Interim Board of Directors has designed a proposal for the corporate structure of the CAV that is currently being considered by the CRTC.  We expect that the CRTC will issue a decision on the proposal in the near future.  Once the corporate structure of the CAV has been approved, further steps can be taken to set up the CAV.

2)            Establish a permanent Board of Directors for the CAV:  Once the corporate structure of the CAV has been determined, the Interim Board of Directors will run processes to select individuals associated with the CAV's permanent Board of Directors (see the section below, Selecting the Permanent Board of Directors:  The Role of Stakeholders).

3)            Set up VRS:  The permanent Board of Directors of the CAV will then take steps to contract with independent VRS service provider(s) to provide VRS in both ASL and LSQ across the country.

It is the goal of the Interim Board of Directors to establish the permanent Board of Directors as soon as possible after the CRTC issues its decision with respect to the corporate structure of the CAV.  Once the permanent Board of Directors is in place, a number of months will be needed before VRS can become operational.

Selecting the Permanent Board of Directors:  The Role of Stakeholders

The permanent Board of Directors of the CAV will be structured to benefit from perspectives of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) community, sign language interpreters, TSPs and the Canadian public.

Stakeholders will play an important role in selecting the individuals who will bring these perspectives to the CAV Board of Directors.  Groups that register with the CAV as Stakeholders will be entitled to nominate and vote for candidates to serve in roles that align with their interests.  For example, the Board of Directors will include individuals who provide perspectives from the DHH community.  These individuals will be selected by Stakeholders groups that represent the interests of DHH users.  These groups will register as DHH Stakeholders of the CAV, and as DHH Stakeholders, they will be eligible to nominate and vote for candidates who will sit on the Board of Directors to provide the perspective of DHH users.

Similarly, individuals who will bring the perspectives of TSPs and sign language interpreters to the Board of Directors will be selected by telecommunications companies and interpreter groups, respectively.  TSPs will register as TSP Stakeholders of the CAV to participate in the election of individuals who will bring TSP perspectives to the Board of Directors, and sign language interpreter groups will register as Interpreter Stakeholders of the CAV to participate in the appointment of individuals who will bring the perspectives of sign language interpreters to the Board of Directors.

In order to register as a DHH Stakeholder, a TSP Stakeholder, or an Interpreter Stakeholder, DHH groups, TSPs and sign language interpreter groups will need to meet specific eligibility criteria.  These criteria are still being considered by the CRTC and have not yet been finalized.

The Process for Becoming a Stakeholder of CAV

If your group represents the interests of DHH users, sign language interpreters, or is a TSP, and is interested in becoming a Stakeholder of the CAV, we would invite you to let us know by sending a short message to info@cav-acs.ca.

In your message, please indicate the following information:

-               The name of your group;
-               The name and contact information (phone number/email) of the appropriate person at your group for us to contact; and
-               Identify which type of Stakeholder your group would like to register as, whether as a:
·                     DHH Stakeholder;
·                     TSP Stakeholder; or
·                     Interpreter Stakeholder.

Once the corporate structure of the CAV is approved by the CRTC (as discussed above), we will formally register Stakeholders to participate in the election of individuals to be associated with the permanent Board of Directors.  By expressing your interest now, we will automatically send your group a Stakeholder Registration Form to complete once the registration period begins.

Please feel free to share this letter with other groups that you believe may be interested in becoming a Stakeholder of the CAV.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send them to "info@cav-acs.ca"

We hope you will consider becoming a Stakeholder of the CAV and we look forward to hearing from you.

Yours truly,

[ Original signed by F. Folino ]

[ Original signed by J. Daniels ]

[ Original signed by G. Birch ]
Frank Folino, BA (Hons.)
Director, Interim Board
Jonathan Daniels
Director, Interim Board
Gary Birch, O.C., Ph.D., P.Eng
Director, Interim Board

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