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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.


Thanks,
Sheila Montney
President

Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) Board

ASL Vlog- https://youtu.be/u3HfxxFPfwc





ATTENTION:

New Manitoba Deaf Board for 2016-2017:

President- Sheila Montney
Vice President-Jordan Sangalang
Secretary-Sherry Clark
Treasurer-Doug Momotiuk
Winnipeg Director-Charlene Arnold
Rural Director- Doug Cosens

Thank you to Gunars Butkans (ex-President) and Tricia Amaro (ex-Secretary) for their time during 2015-2016. Congratulation to the new Board members!

New Board would like to say THANK YOU to MDA Members for their support toward them and will look forward to make sure MDA a strong organization for you:)

Sheila Montney
President
Manitoba Deaf Association











MDA President announced that there will have Annual General Meeting on April 16th, 2016. For more details, it will be announced soon. Thanks!

















Hello Deaf Community,

Manitoba Driver’s Licence may include Manitoba Health information.

We need your feedback on the proposed all-in-one Personal Identification Card. Please click on “view article”.

Gunars Butkans
MDA President




Card
Manitobans are invited to share their views on a proposed all-in-one Personal Identification Card (PIC) that would combine a person’s driver’s licence, photo ID, health and travel card.


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Hello!

Manitoba Deaf Association Board would like to share this link with you.


OTTAWA - Deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians fear their needs as voting citizens might be lost in the shuffle in the coming election campaign as the federal parties squabble over the formats and hosts of the leaders debates.

Gunars Butkans
MDA President


Manitoba Deaf Association
Election Result 2015-16 are:

President- Gunars Butkans

Vice President- Cynthia Duboff

Secretary-vacant

Treasurer- Doug Momotiuk

Winnipeg Director-Charlene Arnold

Rural Director-vacant

Youth Director-vacant

Hello MDA Members and Friends and Family,

MDA would serve and value better to Deaf Community. We would need more volunteers for events and parties. 

Firstly, Winnipeg Director may plan to have some events, Children’s Christmas party and Christmas Dinner as we need more volunteers.

Have a good summer

Respectfully
Gunars Butkans
MDA President








PRESIDENT’S REPORT

To Members and Non-Members of Manitoba Deaf Association (MDA) and friends:
This is to inform you that this is my last report as President. 

Manitoba Deaf Association had their AGM meeting on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, which ran from 10 am till 4:45 pm. There were two workshops throughout the morning and was held on stage of the auditorium. 

The first workshop was from 10 am to 10:45 am. Kenneth Anderson introduced the idea of setting up one big organization where smaller groups can use as support.  He suggested the name of the organization to be called either “Coalition of Deaf Manitoba Organization” or “Organization of Deaf Manitobans”.  The members voted to name the organization as “Manitoba Deaf Coalition”. There were a lot of good feedback and suggestions over the name of the organization. 

The five areas discussed were:
1. To see that the new major organization is created with a goal to have one strong group of Deaf members and to show the Provincial government that there is a strong group. By having all Manitoba Deaf members from all organizations registered under the new group called “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” would prove to the Provincial government that there are hundreds of Deaf members living in Manitoba.

2.  To see the goal of getting a Charitable Number for “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” from the Provincial government.  The new organization in turn can help other smaller Deaf organizations apply for assistance.  

3.  To see all existing Deaf organizations remain the same with their same Board of Directors.  There will be no change in the running of their organizations. 

4. To provide better communication between existing Deaf organizations, “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” will only handle the scheduling such as meetings or social events for all organizations.

5. To explain to Deaf Members about fee memberships.  Members are entitled to attend any meeting if they provide their names are on the “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” list. Members will not be asked to pay a fee to Manitoba Deaf Coalition, only to the organization of their choice.  Members can attend other organization for the meeting but would not have the right to vote unless members have paid their fees to that organization.  

A meeting to discuss the strategy of the “Manitoba Deaf Coalition” will be scheduled soon and a reminder for every Deaf organization to attend this important meeting. 

The second workshop, from 11 to 11:45 am, discussed about whether MDA or WAD will work together or to be individual organizations.  This item was put on hold because it was discussed before the meeting.
   
Election took placed in the afternoon and congratulations to the new Board of Directors under the newly elected President Gunars Butkans.

To avoid conflict of interest, Kenneth Anderson have stepped down as President for MDA in order to concentrate his time with the Canadian Association of the Deaf this coming July 3-4 general meeting and elections in Halifax.

Yours outgoing President and now a loyal member of MDA,

Kenneth Anderson


Hello,

Received the word that CAVRS Board list are:

ASL Director:                           Lisa Anderson-Kellett
LSQ Director:                           Cynthia Benoit
TSP Director:                           Jonathan Daniels
TSP Director:                           Eric Edora
ASL Permanent Invitee:           Marty Taylor
LSQ Permanent Invitee:           Suzanne Villeneuve

Congratulations to these people. 

Sheila Montney
Chairperson
MBVRS







Hi everyone!

Sorry that you have to change my email address to
andersonKenneth62@yahoo.ca from andersonicelandic@yahoo.ca cuz that my email address is crashed down and forced me to change to new one.

Please remember to use that new email addresses for the purpose of my involvement in the Deaf organization, such as WAD/CAD. MDSA/CDSA, Western Canada 55+ Games and other Deaf organization.

Please remember to use Elaine’s email address as andersonicelandic@shaw.ca for the purpose for general and personal comments to her email address other than Deaf organization.

Many thanks


Kenneth R. Anderson



PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

       MDA Board is dire in need of one or two more members to be on the Board for this coming year.  Cynthia Duboff has tendered her resignation as the secretary of MDA, which she was elected last April.  It was due to her doctor being told that she had to take a year of absence from social activity due to her back surgery and unexpected other painful issues. It would be nice to have another to replace her and one more member to join. 

2    It is nice to see some Deaf people sitting on the standing committee which shows your respect to MDA. However, some of you are not a member.  It is mandatory that Deaf must be a member of MDA in good standing.  If you are still not a member; you do have a chance to become a member before the deadline of August 31st. If by August 31st, you are still not a member, you will be asked to leave the standing committee.  You can contact Gunars Butkans, Vice-President and Membership Chairperson or me for more information. 
  
3   My apology for the information about the MSD Reunion on next Oct. 16-
18, 2015 marked the anniversary of 50th not 40th as stated.  There will be a fundraising at Garbonzo’s Pizza at 2-471 Portage Avenue, formerly Greyhound Bus Station on Sept. 26, 2014.  For tickets, please see Kenneth Anderson, Gunars Butkans, Douglas Momotiuk, Tricia Amos of MSD Reunion, DRC and Front Desk. Cost of ticket is $20 per person.

     For your information, the President will be at the CAD AGM meeting on July 31st for the weekend.

     Don’t hesitate to call and contact me for more information on MDA. 
Enjoy your second half of the summer.

Kenneth R. Anderson, President




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

MDA REPORT-June 11th, 2014

There are few items that I want to let you to know about MDA.

1.      Perhaps if you haven’t become a member of MDA yet this year, I encourage you to apply before June 30th, 2014 to get yourself a 10% discount.  For the form, you can pick it from the bulletin board by DRC office and filled out and put it under the door of MDA –Room 240.  A wonderful 10% discount before summer begins.
2.      For organization, if your organization wants to become an affiliate for 2014, I again encourage you to fill it out same as above.  Any questions, see Vice-President Gunars Butkans, who also take responsible for membership and affiliate too.
3.      Since WAD is at no action for a year, MDA is happy to take care for WAD.  Anyone who want to take care of WAD’s 100th anniversary event that will be on Sat. Sept. 27th during the International Week of the Deaf.  Also about the WAD Dinner and Draw for Dec. 6th and WAD Christmas Children Party on Dec. 13rd.  Please see me, Kenneth Anderson
4.      Any questions or concerns about MDA, please see me as well, since MDA will have their board meeting next Thursday, June 19.  MDA will try their best to cooperate to answer your concerns.  Please leave message at my email address.


Many thanks and have a summer vacations as well. 



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.