Friday, 27 June 2014

Splish, Splat! Book Sale July 3, 10 & 11, 2014


Hi Everyone,

The Splish, Splat! books are going on sale for two events: 1. the MCSD July 3rd event at ACI 4th Floor at 245 McDermot Ave and 2. the AVLIV 2014 Conference July 10 & 11 at the Fort Garry Hotel.

The poster below is for the MCSD Event.

Hope to see you there!

Best,
Alice Crawford
    



Monday, 23 June 2014

100 Decibels: A Deaf Mim Troupe at the FRINGE

Hi all, 

Here are the dates and times for 100 Decibels: A Deaf Mime Troupe at the Fringe.  All shows are at 188 Princess St.

July 16 - 7:00 pm
July 17 – 7:00 pm
July 18 – 8:45 p
July 19 – 7:00 pm
July 20 - 9:00 pm
July 22 – 7:00 pm
July 23 – 7:00 pm
July 25 – 7:00 pm
July 26 – 10:45 pm

Please attend and support these extremely talented Deaf artists.  You will be amazed at their skills.  Please forward this  to any group or person who might be interested in attending. 

Job position available at Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD)- Administrative Assistant



Deaf PiYO Workout Team

Deaf PiYO workout team with Canada's first Deaf DIAMOND coach.



Love yoga? Great! Love pilates? Awesome. Love cardio workouts? Perfect!

PiYO combines all strength, flexibility and cardio altogether in one workout package! I know a lot of people love yoga, or pilates, or cardio but a lot of workout packages focuses on one or the other, but this combines all for the first time!

It's awesome because it requires no equipment. No weights, no machines. All you need is a space at your home and TV with DVD, and that's it. It has no high impact exercises so it is great. It includes information on how to eat properly, what to eat, fitness guide, etc.

I am forming a private accountability PiYO GROUP, for all PiYO challengers that want to get fit, lose weight, and get strong and flexible. What's awesome about a private support group is that we all support each other, encourage each other to MAKE sure we all stay on track and succeed. I already have a T25 support group that's already going and we're all succeeding BIG TIME. They lost a lot of weight. So now, this time the PiYO group will succeed too!

The DeafFit PiYO support group will start Monday, June 30th! There is enough time to order it and get it ready!  It's never too late.

It is now available! I'm accepting up to 25 people in my support group, so I can spend more time on personal one on one support along with the support group supporting each other! But if there is a lot more wanting to join in, I will create more groups because you deserve to achieve your fitness goals!  

Contact me if you want to be a part of the PiYO support group. If you know of any friends that would like to work out from home and be a part of a support accountability group, share this with them! Because we from DeafFit believe that everyone deserves to achieve their fitness goals! I succeeded myself, the Deaf T25 support group succeeded, so this group with you will!

To see what PiYO looks like, you can see a video here at bit.ly/deafpiyo

Contact me at facebook.com/deaffit or email me at rosslavallee@mts.net and sign up to have me as your FREE coach at bit.ly/deafcoach. You deserve it!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Deaf PiYO Workout



DEAF PiYO workout team! 5 days left before PiYO launches, to register and join the team! I'm getting people registered already.

Love yoga? Great! Love pilates? Awesome. Love cardio workouts? Perfect!

PiYO combines all strength, flexibility and cardio altogether in one workout package! I know a lot of people love yoga, or pilates, or cardio but a lot of workout packages focuses on one or the other, but this combines all for the first time!

It's awesome because it requires no equipment. No weights, no machines. All you need is a space at your home and TV with DVD, and that's it. It has no high impact exercises so it is great. It includes information on how to eat properly, what to eat, fitness guide, etc.

I am forming a private accountability PiYO GROUP, for all PiYO challengers that want to get fit, lose weight, and get strong and flexible. What's awesome about a private support group is that we all support each other, encourage each other to MAKE sure we all stay on track and succeed. I already have a T25 support group that's already going and we're all succeeding BIG TIME. They lost a lot of weight. So now, this time the PiYO group will succeed too!

The DeafFit PiYO support group will start Monday, June 30th! There is enough time to order it on Thursday and a week for it to arrive.

It releases Monday, June 23rd! I'm accepting up to 25 people in my support group, so I can spend more time on personal one on one support along with the support group supporting each other! But if there is a lot more wanting to join in, I will create more groups because you deserve to achieve your fitness goals!

Contact me if you want to be a part of the PiYO support group. If you know of any friends that would like to work out from home and be a part of a support accountability group, share this with them! Because we from DeafFit believe that everyone deserves to achieve their fitness goals! I succeeded myself, the Deaf T25 support group succeeded, so this group with you will!

To see what PiYO looks like, you can see a video here at bit.ly/deafpiyo

Contact me at facebook.com/deaffit or email me at rosslavallee@mts.net and sign up to have me as your FREE coach at bit.ly/deafcoach. You deserve it!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

NEW EXTENSION DEADLINE- AVLIC 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops!

ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!

AVLIC 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops

The Conference is fast approaching and with it the Pre-Conference workshops. We have two exciting workshops planned, “Deaf Interpreters: Hands-On Interpretation and Co-Interpreting” with Nigel Howard‎(www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_DI_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf) and “Choices, Choices, Choices!!! Interpreting and Language Rights in the Classroom” with Dr. Barbara O’Dea and Kevin Kolp (‎www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_Educational-Setting_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf).

If you have not already done so and are interested and considering registering for either of these workshops, please register by July 6, 2014 .


AVLIC 2014 Host Committee

Deaf Walking Club (DWC) news!!




REMINDER- Girl Rising- this coming Thursday!


 Reminder that Girl Rising is this Thursday, June 19th and people can buy tickets at the door.

Deaf Drummers from MSD on CTV News

Please see the below link about the Deaf Drummers performing at MSD.
Copy and paste if the link is not working. http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=382966

DRC Management
Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc

Monday, 16 June 2014

Update with time information for Fun Dart Tournament!


urgent message from AVLIC 2014 Host Committee about pre-conference workshop- NEW DEADLINE- TODAY!!

ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!

AVLIC 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops

The Conference is fast approaching and with it the Pre-Conference workshops. We have two exciting workshops planned, “Deaf Interpreters: Hands-On Interpretation and Co-Interpreting” with Nigel Howard‎(www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_DI_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf) and “Choices, Choices, Choices!!! Interpreting and Language Rights in the Classroom” with Dr. Barbara O’Dea and Kevin Kolp (‎www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_Educational-Setting_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf).

If you have not already done so and are interested and considering registering for either of these workshops, pleaseregister by June 16, 2014 in order to ensure they will go on as planned. We do need a minimum number to host the workshops and if we do not have that minimum number by the 14th, we will cancel the workshops. Please be aware, that if we meet our minimum requirement by the 16thregistration will remain open until July 7th. However, to ensure that the workshops are not cancelled and that you don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities, please get your registrations in right away.

Very much appreciated!

AVLIC 2014 Host Committee

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Message from Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc (DCM Inc)

Deaf Resource Centre (DRC) will be closed tomorrow (Friday, June 13th) due to carpet cleaning and also on Tuesday, July 1st due to Statutory Holiday- Canada's Day.

Thanks,

DRC Management

Reminder- Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc (DCM Inc) Annual General Meeting - June 12th (tonight)

REMINDER:


AVLIC 2014 Conference need more volunteers!!

AVLIC 2014 Conference Volunteers

Dear Winnipeg Community,

We are writing to you in hopes that you will consider volunteering for the upcoming AVLIC 2014 conference. 

The conference of the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC) is a biennial conference that promotes the profession of signed language interpreting in Canada and internationally.  This year the theme is “Interpreters and Human Rights”, and we would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting event.  Winnipeg has been chosen to be the host city.  In order to make this conference a success and highlight what this city has to offer we need the support of the community.  Support in the way of Volunteers.

Our goal is to have as many volunteers as possible so that we can generate a flexible schedule with short shifts to accommodate everyone during this busy and exciting time.

The AVLIC 2014 conference runs July 8th - 12th

If you are interested or have questions please email: volunteering@avlic2014.com

We look forward to seeing you in July 2014!

Christina Morden
Scotty Dure
Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada
Volunteer Coordinator Co-Chairs

AVLIC 2014

Reminder for Wedding Social for Adam Momotiuk & Stacey Radchenka- June 14th!

Wedding Social for Adam Momotiuk and Stacey Radchenka
Saturday, June 14, 2014,  8:00 pm – 2:00 am.
Holy Cross Gymnasium Hall
300 Dubuc Street
Winnipeg, MB.

Admission: $10.00 per person

Please see Ticket Sellers:
Doug Momotiuk (dougmomotiuk@shaw.ca), Wesley Momotiuk, Lionel Momotiuk, Patrick Momotiuk and Connie Momotiuk

The Grand Prizes’ List will include 50” LG HDTV, Ground Pool & 5 piece Umbrella Patio Set, BBQ Package and over 20 regular prizes and 50/50 draw.

Come out and Vegas style party with us.





Red River College Student Support Service- Part time term position available for Interpreter









Fun Dart Tournament hosted by Western Canada Deaf 55+ Games-June 27th


Reaching E-Quality Employment Services (REES) 25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting- June 18th!


Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Winnipeg Public Library needs Library Shelvers!

Great Opportunity!
Library Shelver Job Fair
The Winnipeg Public Library is looking for Library Shelvers to be a part of the Winnipeg Public Library Team!

When: Thursday June 19 and Friday June 20, 2014
            9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Millennium Library – 251 Donald Street, 2nd Floor, Skywalk Entrance

See the attached poster for full details about the position and to help your clients prepare to apply for a position as a Library Shelver with the Winnipeg Public Library.



Valerie Williams, CHRP, GBA
Diversity Consultant
HR Services
201 Allen Building
Winnipeg ∙ MB  ∙ R3T 2N2
Tel: 204-474-8371
Fax: 204-474-7505








Service Animals and reasonable accomodation round table discussion

On behalf of Azim Jiwa, Executive Director and
Yvonne Peters, Chairperson of the Manitoba Human Rights Commission

Greetings,

Please see the attached discussion paper inviting interested parties to participate in a round table discussion regarding the issue of Service Animals and reasonable accommodation.  The discussion will be held on Wednesday September 24, 2014, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, location to be determined.  The attached paper will provide you with all the details.  We ask that you distribute this to any contacts who you believe may be interested in attending.

We look forward to your participation and hope you can attend.

Best regards,


George Sarides
Assistant Director
Manitoba Human Rights Commission
7th Flr - 175 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 3R8
Direct Phone:  (204) 945-5815 / Fax:  (204) 945-1292   
www.manitoba.mb.ca/hrc


Service Animals and Reasonable Accommodation

Public Consultation Paper

June 10, 2014

Introduction

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission is asking for your views on a range of issues relating to the use of service animals.  The purpose of this Consultation Paper is to obtain feedback from community stakeholders including users of service animals as well as employers, landlords and service providers, that will allow the Commission to assess what additional steps may be taken to ensure that the public is aware of both the rights and the responsibilities involving individuals who use service animals. 

Why is the Manitoba Human Rights Commission reviewing the issue of service animals and accommodation? 

Manitoba, like many other provinces and territories, has human rights laws preventing discrimination against service animal users. The Commission frequently receives inquiries and complaints where there is an allegation that a person who uses a service animal for their visible or invisible disability has not been reasonably accommodated.   However, often there are situations where a landlord, employer or service provider realizes they have an obligation to accommodate a service animal user but they are unsure as to whether or not a particular animal is in fact a service animal.  We are aware that in other jurisdictions there have been instances of individuals suggesting that their pets are service animals and we want to take proactive and preventative steps to prevent confusion.   Also, we believe that the public needs to learn more about service animals beyond the traditional guide dogs used by people with visual disabilities.

Unlike some other provinces, Manitoba does not have any laws which provides for certification or identification of animals deemed to be service animals.  In both B.C. and Alberta a person can apply to the government for a certificate/identification indicating the dog is a service animal, if it has been trained by an approved school.

The Manitoba Human Rights Commission is considering what, if anything, we can do to increase awareness of rights and responsibilities regarding the use of service animals, so as to reduce barriers that interfere with the accommodation of those who require service animals and to clarify what is considered a service animal.

What is the Manitoba Human Rights Commission?

The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" and recognizes and respects the value of all people.  In Manitoba, this ideal has been translated into law by The Human Rights Code (“The Code”) which protects individuals and groups in Manitoba from discrimination.  The Human Rights Commission is an agency created by The Code to accept, mediate and investigate complaints, as well as to present complaints before an independent adjudicator.  It also promotes respect for human rights and educates the public about human rights.

What are the protections under The Human Rights Code?

Discrimination under The Code is treating a person or group differently, to their disadvantage and without reasonable cause, on the basis of an applicable characteristic, such as ancestry, age or disability, including reliance on a service animal.  It also includes failure to accommodate special needs related to these characteristics.

The Code applies to activities like rental of premises, employment and services (such as schools, restaurants, public transportation, community centres and restaurants).

What are the current protections under The Human Rights Code with respect to discrimination regarding individuals who use service animals?

Currently, The Code prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, including reliance on a service animal, unless the discrimination is reasonably necessary.  It is very rare that it would be acceptable to discriminate against a person for using a service animal. 

For example, even if a landlord has a “no pet” policy, such a policy should not apply to service animals.  This also means that services available to the public should generally allow service animals even where animals are usually not allowed, such as restaurants and public transportation.

What is a service animal under The Code?

“Service Animal,” is defined in The Code as “an animal that has been trained to provide assistance to a person with a disability that relates to that person’s disability.” The disability can be visible (example: visual impairment) or invisible (for example, epilepsy).

In its policies the Commission sets out factors to consider in determining whether or not a particular animal meets the definition of a service animal.  Factors include:
1.    Does the animal do work or perform a task for a person with a disability, that relates to the person's disability?
2.    Has the animal been individually trained to do work or perform a task for a person with a disability that relates to the person's disability?
a.    Examples of work or tasks referenced above include:
§  guiding a person who is blind or visually impaired;
§  alerting a person who is deaf or hearing impaired;
§  pulling a wheelchair;
§  alerting or protecting a person who is having a seizure;
§  reminding a person to take their medication;
§  calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during an anxiety attack.

Based on the above considerations, it is acknowledged that service dogs remain the most common form of service animal. Dogs or other animals that solely provide comfort or emotional support do not fall under subsection 9(2)(l) of The Code.

Is there other provincial legislation dealing with Service Animals?

The Service Animals Protection Act (not administered by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission) makes it an offence to touch, feed or interfere with a service animal.  In that Act, "service animal" means an animal
(a) trained to be used by a person with a disability for reasons relating to his or her disability;
(b) trained to be used by a peace officer in the execution of his or her duties; or
(c) trained to be used by a person who is authorized by a peace officer to assist peace officers in their duties.

 Questions to consider

1.    What barriers do users of service animals face?
a.    What type of locations/situations present the greatest challenges?
2.    What questions or concerns arise for people providing services, housing or employment to those who use service animals?
3.    What can the Commission do to ensure that everyone is are aware of their rights and obligations?
4.    Is not having provincial standards and identification for service animals problematic?
a.    Would it be beneficial to have provincial standards and identification?
b.    Would there be any concerns with having provincial standards and identification?
c.    Who would be the appropriate authority to enforce/issue such identification? Government? Other?
d.    What factors should be considered when determining appropriate standards?


The Commission is inviting you to participate in a roundtable community discussion to further discuss this issue:

When: Wednesday September 24, 2014 2pm-4pm
Where: To be determined
Please RSVP no later than August 29, 2014


Manitoba Human Rights Commission:
Patricia Knipe
Telephone (204) 945-5112
Toll free: 1-888-884-8681;



Please help us keep this event scent free and advise if you require any accommodation such as large print or a sign language interpreter.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Reminder about Deaf Centre Manitoba Inc (DCM Inc) Annual General Meeting - June 12th


St. Francis de Sales Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf (MCCD)'s special announcement


Calgary Board of Education have job positions available!

The Calgary Board of Education currently has positions available for trained Teachers of the Deaf, commencing fall 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. These positions require applicants who possess a Master of Deaf Education or Doctor of Deaf Education degree, who are fluent in American Sign Language and English, and who demonstrate advanced skills in providing effective instruction to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing at the elementary (grades 1-6) and secondary (grades 7-12) levels. Applicants should have a track record of success and be able to support the current team in advancing forward into a new paradigm of Deaf Education which moves beyond a bilingual/bicultural approach into one which recognizes and supports the multiple facets of identity, culture, language, and learning that each student brings to the classroom.

If you meet these criteria (and those listed in the job posting), please visit the link(s) below to submit an application at your earliest convenience. If you know anyone else who might be interested or who may know someone else who might fit the criteria, please forward this email on to those individuals and/or post this information on your organization's website, if applicable.

Secondary School Positions (Job Posting # 8214) (Grades 7-12):
https://careers.cbe.ab.ca/psp/jobs/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=8214&SiteId=200&PostingSeq=1

Elementary School Position (Job Posting # 8291) (Grades 1-6):

Friday, 6 June 2014

AVLIC 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops

AVLIC 2014 Pre-Conference Workshops

The Conference is fast approaching and with it the Pre-Conference workshops. We have two exciting workshops planned, “Deaf Interpreters: Hands-On Interpretation and Co-Interpreting” with Nigel Howard ‎(www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_DI_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf) and “Choices, Choices, Choices!!! Interpreting and Language Rights in the Classroom” with Dr. Barbara O’Dea and Kevin Kolp (‎www.avlic.ca/sites/default/files/docs/2014-04_Pre-Conference_Educational-Setting_Workshop-AVLIC2014.pdf).

If you have not already done so and are interested and considering registering for either of these workshops, please register by June 14, 2014 in order to ensure they will go on as planned. We do need a minimum number to host the workshops and if we do not have that minimum number by the 14th, we will cancel the workshops. Please be aware, that if we meet our minimum requirement by the 14th, registration will remain open until July 7th. However, to ensure that the workshops are not cancelled and that you don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities, please get your registrations in right away.

Very much appreciated!

AVLIC 2014 Host Committee


Reminder .....GIRL RISING June 19th, 2014

                      

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Public Advisory - Increase in Thefts from Vehicles



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Public Advisory- Increase In Thefts From Vehicles
Recently, the Winnipeg Police Service has received several reports regarding thefts from vehicles parked in personal driveways.

One of the common things stolen is a door remote which the suspects then use to enter the garage and steal further items.

Please consider the following break-in prevention tips:

1. Keep your car visible

Avoid having your vehicle concealed by larger vehicles, fences or foliage; thieves like to work in private.

2. Don’t make it easy

Keep windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Many thefts from vehicles are as a result of unlocked vehicles.

3. Vehicle alarm?

Don’t forget to activate it.


4. Hide your valuables

Many smash-and-grab thieves act on impulse. So keep your stuff out of sight – either with you or in a locked trunk. Don’t count on the glove box; thieves know to look there, and they’re easy to break into.

Deaf Walking Club (DWC) for tonight - CANCELLED!

Hello,

Deaf Walking Club (DWC) for tonight is CANCELLED. I will send out the new schedule soon.


Thanks,
Charlene Arnold
Deaf Walk Club Leader


Monday, 2 June 2014

St. Francis de Sales Manitoba Catholic Church of the Deaf - June 2014!


Special message from Manitoba Deaf Assocition (MDA) newly-President!

Manitoba Deaf Association

Message from Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) newly-President:

The new elected 2014-15 Board of Directors, which was elected last April 26, 2014:

President: Kenneth R. Anderson
Vice-President: Gunars Butkans
Secretary: Cynthia Duboff
Treasurer: Douglas Momotiuk
Youth Director: Jordan Sangalang

Congratulations on these elected Board and surely they will try their best to improve the future of MDA.

International World of Deaf (IWD):

The Board is in need to have a chairperson in charge of IWD (International World of Deaf) to establish the events during the week of September 21 to 27, 2014.  It is similar to Deaf Awareness Week, which is no longer existed.

Upcoming events:

Thanks to all those who already filled up and interested to sit on the standing committee called “Manitoba Education” and will start their first inaugural meeting this coming Wednesday, May 7.

The Board will have their first MDA meeting as to review from last year activities and to discuss about the future budget on May 21th.


I would appreciate if anyone who wants to help with or feedback on MDA issue in any way, please feel free to email to Kenneth Anderson, andersonicelandic@yahoo.ca.   


2014-15 MANITOBA DEAF ASSOCIATION

President: Kenneth Anderson
Vice-President: Gunars Butkans
Secretary: Cynthia Duboff
Treasurer: Douglas Momotiuk

REPRESENTATIVES
Delegate to CAD: Kenneth Anderson
Representatives to MTS Special Needs – Dennis Zimmer
Representatives to Minister Advisory Board (Deaf Education): Bruce Koskie, Doug Momotiuk, and Rick Zimmer
Representative to ECCOE: Sheila Montney
Representative to Manitoba Accessibility Advisory Council: Doug MomotIuk
Representative to AEIP/DLP/DSP: Bruce Koskie, Sylvia Sigurdson
Representative to MLPD: Doug Momotiuk, Cynthia Duboff
Representative to Women’s International: Sheila Montney
Representative to Video Captioning: Gunars Butkans
Sign Talk Branch – Prairie Children Centre: Sheila Montney

COMMITTEES

Charitable & By-laws: Doug Momotiuk, Gunars Butkans, and Kenneth Anderson
Deaf History & Museum: Bruce Koskie, Kenneth Anderson, David Burke, Jon Miller
Deaf Mosaic/Mental Health: Bruce Koskie, Rita Bomak, and Sandy Lysachok
285 Pembina Inc. Working Group: Gunars Butkans, Kenneth Anderson, and Sandy Smith
VRS Manitoba: Sheila Montney & Kenneth Dans (co-chairperson), Kevin Bauldic, Devin Stocki, Patricia Amaro, Kimberly Drummond and Dennis Zimmer.
Deaf Youth Camp: Rita Bomak, Bruce Koskie


A big congratulation on those above volunteers to give their time to help and work for Manitoba Deaf Association