COMMUNITY ADVOCACY AWARD
The Community Advocacy Award is presented to individuals or groups for efforts that have overcome barriers to the rights of hard of hearing persons.
The 2014 Community Advocacy Award is presented to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Happy Valley Goose Bay Branch
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Branch has been selected for this year’s award to recognize their efforts in advocating for the rights of individuals with hearing loss in their community. Such advocacy efforts include making public spaces hearing accessible – the Town Hall, Arts and Culture Centre, and the United Church. Happy Valley-Goose Bay Branch continues to advocate for individuals with hearing loss in many other areas by being very active in the community and by creating awareness of hearing loss.
COMMUNITY ACCESSIBILITY AWARD
The Community Accessibility Award is presented to individuals or groups for efforts that make public or private facilities hearing accessible to hard of hearing persons through the use of assistive listening and signalling technology.
The 2014 Community Accessibility Award winner is the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society
The Folk Arts Society is recognized for its initiative in 2014 to provide hearing accessibility at the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. As part of a plan to make the Festival more accessible to persons with disabilities, the organizers not only consulted with local disability groups to develop an accessibility plan and trained Festival volunteers in disability sensitivity, including communicating with those who have hearing loss. They also advertised the availability of listening systems and how they may be accessed during the festival.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS AWARD
The Community Awareness Award is presented to individuals or groups for efforts that helped to educate the public or others in preventing or minimizing the effects of hearing loss.
The 2014 Community Awareness Award is presented to the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC). The Commission is recognized for efforts to increase general awareness of hearing loss and the communication challenges of those with hearing loss by providing ongoing training for all Provincial employees of the Commission. This awareness training has been facilitated by Andrea Augot, Coordinator of Client Services at the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – Newfoundland and Labrador.
HEARING CONSERVATION AWARD
This award is presented to individuals or groups for efforts that directly prevent hearing loss from occurring.
The 2014 Hearing Conservation Award is presented to Newfoundland Power. Newfoundland Power is recognized for their extremely comprehensive workplace hearing conservation program including: ongoing noise level control and adaptation of physical space to reduce noise, regular audiograms for employees, employee access to a variety of appropriate hearing protection, and a strong focus on hearing loss education and training in the workplace.
Full details on our annual Community Awards.
Stay tuned for the stories of this year’s community award winners in the coming months.