In May, 2017 the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) accepted two CHHA National awards.
The Winnifred C. Cory Award of Merit
The Winnifred C. Cory Award of Merit recognizes a hearing member of CHHA who has contributed outstanding service to the work of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association at the National, Chapter (provincial/territorial) or Branch level.
Winnifred Cory spent all of her teaching life helping the deaf and hard of hearing. She was a founding member of the CHHA Branch in Saskatoon. She taught speechreading at branch meetings and encouraged the branch to carry out an “Outreach” project in order to reach the hard of hearing in Saskatoon and the surrounding district. Through her efforts many hard of hearing people and their spouses have received support and information of coping strategies and assistive listening devices to help them accept their hearing loss.
This award is so named to commemorate Miss Winnifred Cory’s dedication to serving deaf and hard of hearing people.
The winner of the 2017 award is Susan Brown. Her daughter, Jennifer Brown is shown in the image above, accepting the award in Susan’s memory.
The Bette Moulton Award
Bette Moulton, one of CHHA’s founding members and second President (1984-1986), was particularly aware of the importance of grassroots involvement for the organization as represented by the Branches. She is honoured by this award, which is presented to the Branch or Chapter which contributes the most innovated idea, significant event or outstanding achievement which benefits hard of hearing persons.
CHHA-NL received the 2017 award for The Hearing Loss Challenge.
The Hearing Loss Challenge was a new initiative by the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) to generate greater awareness and understanding of hearing loss in the Province. On December 2, 2016, International Day of Persons With Disabilities, participants were encouraged to wear earplugs for 1 hour (or more) to gain a greater understanding of the communication barriers that are experienced by someone with hearing loss.
“For 1 hour on Friday, December 2 (or longer, if you choose), find out what daily life can be like for those with hearing loss by lowering the volume and clarity of the sounds you hear.
Wear earplugs for 1 hour (or more) as you go about your regular daily routine – at home, at work and with friends. Watch TV, listen to the radio, talk on the phone, have your coffee break, interact with your children, grandchildren, siblings, spouse or partner. Go to a store, the drive-thru, attend a meeting”.
The Hearing Loss Challenge was targeted to family members of those with hearing loss, health professionals, educators, local MHA’s, city counsellors, and the community at large. The CHHA-NL provided free earplugs to anyone who needed them, and also sent information on hearing loss and the Programs & Services of the CHHA-NL to teams that signed up for the challenge.
The Challenge was widely shared and viewed online and approximately 1100 signed up to participate in the challenge, including 35 workplace and school teams throughout the Province. Promotion included a Web page, and online video and graphics shared on Facebook and Twitter.