Leon has been the Executive Director of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) since 1996 and was the Chapter President in 1995-1996. He has a wide variety of career experience in various fields as a teacher and in community recreation. He has a Masters Degree in Education (1997), specializing in Educational Leadership. In 2004, he earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE). He self-identifies as being hard of hearing and has worn two hearing aids since 1984.
Irene is the friendly face of CHHA-NL. She is the first person you will meet when you walk through our doors, and the voice you will hear first when you call our office. Irene has been working with the Association since 2001 and previously worked with other non-profit organizations in St. John’s before joining our team.
Kim has a background in Gerontology and joined the CHHA-NL team in 2003 after working with the Senior’s Resource Centre. Kim manages the Programs and Services team and ensures the Association is addressing the needs of individuals with hearing loss in Newfoundland and Labrador. Kim also coordinates new and special projects for the Association.
Alison has been part of the CHHA-NL team since 2005. Alison provides noise and hearing awareness education and training to employers, community groups, schools and the general public and promotes hearing loss awareness in Newfoundland and Labrador. With a background in marketing, Alison also manages the Association’s Web site, print and electronic communications, and social media sites.
Andrea joined the CHHA-NL team in 2011 and has worked in the community and non-profit sector for many years. Andrea has a strong background working with individuals with disabilities, and as the Coordinator of Client Services, works with individuals, families and individuals to find better hearing solutions. Andrea also coordinates the CHHA-NL resource groups and the CHHA-NL volunteer program.
Amy joined the CHHA-NL team in 2013 in a part-time position. Amy is originally from Twillingate, and began studying Physical Education at Memorial University, eventually switching education paths to complete the Community Recreation Leadership program at College of the North Atlantic. Amy also works as a Recreation Therapy worker with Eastern Health on a part-time basis.
Brittany joined the CHHA-NL team in 2016. Brittany is a social worker with a great interest in working in community programming. Her role at CHHA-NL is to lead the LEAP! Youth Leadership program, working with Resource Groups, and administering CHHA-NL funding programs to the community. She also delivers our Grade 4 Noise Awareness program in the Avalon region.
Terry initiated the Ultimate Dream Home Fundraising Campaign in 1995. Since that time CHHA-NL has successfully completed 25 Ultimate Dream Home Campaigns (and counting). The efforts of Terry and the Association’s fund development team enables CHHA-NL to provide many programs and services to hard of hearing people and their families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
Susan joined the CHHA-NL team in 2006 and we have been growing our fundraising efforts ever since! Susan manages and coordinates the fundraising activities of the association, primarily, but not limited to, the Ultimate Dream Home (UDH) and Better Hearing for Life Lotteries (BHFLL). Susan holds the professional designations Certified in Management, C.I.M., Professional Manager, P.Mgr., and Chartered Manager, C.Mgr..
Sonya is our number-cruncher and keeps the Association in tip-top financial shape. Sonya has been the Association’s bookkeeper since 2006, and officially joined our staff team part-time in 2010. She also works with other non-profit Associations in the local community on a part-time basis. Sonya’s long-term goal is to receive her CGA designation.
Emily assists with the day-to-day fundraising operations and ensures the smooth flow of Ultimate Dream Home and Better Hearing for Life Lottery tickets from initial purchase, to their final destination, our supporters.