POPDHH respects and celebrates the diversity among people. June is celebrated as Pride month in Canada and the US, and our host Burnaby School District  makes a point of celebrating it.
Happy Pride to everyone celebrating equality and acceptance of all individuals.

June is Indigenous History Month

Honouring the history, diversity and resilience of Indigenous peoples

Illustration by Hailey Buchholz, Grade 6, BC School for the Deaf

Lunch and Learn Thursdays Spring 2022

  • June 9th, 12 pm to 1 pm  – Professional Learning Communities Part 2
An interactive brainstorming session to debrief the various resources considered and utilized by the current TDHH Mentorship cohort participants in their work.  Come prepared to share some of your ideas with the group, too!

Register here. The webinar link will be sent with registration confirmation. Interpreters and captioning will be provided.

REMINDER: TDHH Professional Development 2022 – 2024

Thanks to those who have registered; you will hear from us soon!  We are reaching capacity for our groups, but will leave the registration open until June 10th upon request of a few TDHHs who needed a bit more time to get their application in.See the leaflet for overview, click to read the Mentorship Program Booklet and to register for the 2022 – 2024 cohort.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the program before you register.

Beach Day on the Island!

Contributions by Jane Rowlands, TDHH, Greater Victoria; and Fiona Young, TDHH, Cowichan Valley

South Island school districts (Victoria, Sooke, Saanich, Cowichan) and independent schools in the area joined together this month, May 25th for another annual DHH Beach Day. The event, co-sponsored by the POPDHH, was held at Gyro Beach/Cadboro Village and was attended by around 90 students. Staff and students were joined by members of the community including POPDHH, IDHHC, BC Family Hearing Society and POPDB. In the morning all students joined in team activities. Teams were carefully selected through collaboration of all the TDHHs to ensure good pairings to encourage friend connections. The middle to high school students participated in an ‘Amazing Race’ which involved following clues to locations in the village and completed challenges at stores and businesses. The younger students did their own version of an ‘Amazing Race’ on the field where there were stations and games set up with different challenges or activities for them to complete. All the students received a prize of a free delicious ice-cream bar from Hazel’s Ice Cream Cart afterwards. After lunch students were free to play on the playground or beach. The day was an enormous success and many new friendships were formed as well as rekindling of previous connections.

A huge thank you to POPDHH for financially supporting the Cowichan group to be safely transported by a wheelchair accessible bus. This was an amazing field trip for all of our students allowing wonderful connections to be made. The only complaint we heard was the field trip wasn’t long enough!!!

Quotes from the day:

Chloe, grade 1: “this is the best day of my life!”

Celeste, Kindergarten: “I am excited to tell my mum all about the day with my passport”

Trystan, grade 12: “Can I come back and volunteer to help next year”

Grade 5 student: “This is the first time no one has said ‘nevermind’ to me”

Volunteer: “This is an incredibly child centered day”

Sheila, POPDB: “The activities were well thought out and accessible to all participants”

Don, Manager of Peppers Grocery: “They were all well behaved and sure looked like there were having fun! I hope we can help out again in the future.”

Emmett, Grade 8: “The best day ever”

“My Ears are Doors”  

A poem by Caitlin Stafford, Grade 11 student at Summerland Secondary School in Summerland, BC (SD 67)
The band around my socks becomes too tight for my ankles.
I am being strangled by the necklaces I was late to school for taking the time to choose.
All the lights are off because the yellow fakeness of the bulb was growing.
It was staining the walls.
It was blinding me, holding my face and
screaming into it.
I can feel the grease atop my hair, and the feeling
of my teeth touching aches.
And my clothes aren’t in the right place,
someone moved a cup to look for paper on my desk.
My chest vibrates with the sickening urgency to fix it,
but my muscles freeze like glass; if I move them,
they could shatter.
My ears are doors, and they close when they want to.
Isolating me from the world and
trapping me in my own head.
I sit still screaming at myself to shut up.
Shut up.
Shut up!
Everyone be quiet!
Give my ears time to open.
I am exhausted with my senses.
I am exhausted with my thoughts.
And when I do want to think,
the boys’ childish laughs ring,
and the pencils hum,
and shirts rustle,
and chairs squeak.
My ears are too weak to manually switch
focus on a different sound.
I do not decide when the doors close.
How can I tell my friends I am angry at my ears?
I would have to apologize on behalf of them.
They are tired, so tired,
so, they closed and
they didn’t tell me.
I am in an empty space paralyzed until my eyes
realize things are moving around us.
But I am tired of the groans,
I fear that twitch of annoyance.
I am led to believe it is my fault.So I don’t make them repeat things anymore.
How can I tell my family I do not want to the join them at dinner
because my own voice drowns me in my head?
Where can I put this anger?
I sit still screaming at myself to shut up.
Shut up.
Just walk out the door.
When I do go to dinner
I must put socks on so
the floor does not attack me
And long pants so
the dog’s hot breath does not burn me,
and I draw blood trying to scratch it away.
Unless I force myself to swallow
I spit out the food.
I am giving my senses more to take in and
they hate me for it.
I retreat to the darkness of my room,
even though my stomach rumbles.
My father asks, ‘Why the long face?”;
and I cannot tell him that my hard of hearing ears are
making me feel like I am ubiquitous.
My only serene solitude is the shower.
I can rely on the water to be steady and constant and loud.
I can pick my own music, if I want any at all.
The glass shower door is my protection from the world.
The only thing that can reach me is the music.
I sing to keep my thoughts from screaming above the noise.
The shower is the only place I can control when my ears open.
They like listening to the water.

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