Outward Bound Canada 2024

Deadline to apply has been extended to April 15th, 2024. All candidates must have their district’s field trip protocols in place.

Click here to read more and apply:

DHHproud Showcase – the registration is now closed.

We will be sending more information to the participants right after the Spring break.
Teachers and DHH students from the Lower Mainland are cordially invited to join us at the MJ Fox Theatre on April 22nd to watch and encourage contestants. You do not need to register to observe, just email us how many of your students you are bringing. Parents and siblings of the contestants are also welcome. Refreshments and lunch will be provided, please indicate if anyone in your group has food allergies.

DHHproud Friendship Day – Deadline to register and submit consent forms: April 8th, 2024.

We look forward to seeing many of you then!

REMINDER: Lunch and Learn Webinar – Last session of the school year

  • April 4th, 2024 11:45 am to 12:30 pm – Stakeholder Feedback: BC’s Expanded Core Curriculum for Learners who are DHH (please note new date!)

This will be a facilitated discussion to introduce a draft of the tool our TDHH Working Group has been working on since September.  The most important part of the session will be initial impressions and feedback from you: our stakeholders.  Please come prepared to participate!ASL Interpreters and captioning will be provided.
Register here (if you haven’t already):  http://bit.ly/POPDHH-Lunch-and-Learn

DHH Student Events

In February and March, POPDHH sponsored several regional and district student events, including the annual 3 day DHH camp on Denman Island. This is what the participants had to say about the events:

February 8th and 9th – ASL Activities in Victoria

by Megan Jantz, TDHH, Greater Victoria

Terry and John were invited to the Greater Victoria school district to present our popular “on the road” event – ASL Activities. 22 students were joined by 8 staff, including TDHHs, EAs, a District Administrator and a couple of parents.

Students said:

  • ” When is the next one? This is great, I want more days like this!”
  • ” Are Terry and John coming back next month?”
  • ” When can I learn more ASL? Are there classes? Can we start a club at school?”
From staff:
  • ” This is incredible, we need more of this.”
  • “Look at the connections kids are making, look at how involved and engaged they are!”
  • ” Wow, I wish more kids and staff could have attended, seen and participated in this!”
And parents:
  • ” This is incredible, I am so glad I made time so I could stay. How can I learn more about Deaf culture and ASL?”

February 9th – Art Day in Cranbrook
by Sarah Holmes, TDHH, Southeast Kootenay

On Friday, February 9th, nine students from Cranbrook and Fernie came together at the Cranbrook Board Office for a DHH Art Day! The students were introduced to the graphic novel “El Deafo” written by Cece Bell and got to chat about their own d/Deaf and hard of hearing superpowers! After their discussion and seeing some examples of famous Deaf art, the students began working on their entries for the DHH Proud art showcase. Students mainly chose to create art using markers and pencil crayons. Everyone enjoyed a tasty Subway lunch thanks to POPDHH’s support! Later in the day we played a fun game of “What Am I?” where students had to hold up funny pictures to their faces and try to figure out what animal or person they had. There were lots of laughs and smiles throughout the day! For one of these students it was their first time meeting other DHH students from the area and she was especially excited!
Thanks POPDHH for your support and all you do for our students!

February 27th – Coquitlam Students go to Planet Lazer
by Meghann Faulkner, TDHH, Coquitlam


SD43’s middle school aged DHH students have been asking us for this kind of active, competitive get together for a while now, and thanks to POPDHH’s funding, we were able to make it happen this year!

22 students from grades 6-10 from around the district gathered at Planet Lazer to enjoy two laser tag games and a pizza luncheon. The students used many strategies to play efficiently in a very loud, very dark setting. They reported replying on visual skills, turning off or adjusting equipment, using vibrations, and communicating with gestures and signs.

With one game played as a team and one played individually, reports varied in which was the more preferable way to play. Either way, the students were happy to meet and reconnect with other students with hearing loss:

  • “I thought it was really fun for one game, but needed a break after that. But I also really liked talking with everyone.” S, grade 8
  • “I am sometimes quiet in a group of strangers, but I felt comfortable. Seeing others with hearing loss tells me I’m not alone. That makes me feel better.” N, grade 7
  • “It was great as I got to skip classes and it’s also nice to be around people with the same disability.” E, grade 10
  • “It was too loud, but I think we all understood and felt the same way.” J, grade 8

March 6th – 8th – DHH Camp – Elkhaven Denman Island
by Alana Haller (POPDHH), Vancouver Island and BCSD TDHHs

On March 6th to 8th we had our second annual DHH camp at Denman Island. Students from several Vancouver Island school districts (Comox, Saanich and Victoria) and the BC school for the Deaf came together to build connections, share amazing experiences and create memories that will last a lifetime. We had more than 30 students attend, and they all participated in a beach scavenger hunt, crafts, and games learning ASL together, and of course, making s’mores by the fire. We had an impromptu ping-pong table top championship that had excited participants communicating with each other in different ways. Feedback from the students was that camp was fun and inclusive, and they wish it would have lasted longer. One student even received the honour of getting a signed name from a Deaf adult. This is something he was waiting for a long time, and had everyone in tears  as he accepted being dubbed his ASL moniker.
A big thank you to Deaf Well-Being Program for sending Geo to lead some thoughtful exercises on reframing our mindset and connecting with students to help them feel safe and included.


Students happily provided the following “Customer reviews”:

  • “It was so much fun sleeping in bunks with my friends. We laughed so much and played with our flashlights at night. The drive there was also a lot of fun, we laughed as we passed our friends driving in other vehicles.”
  • “I enjoyed making new friends from other schools on Vancouver Island. One of the best parts for me was playing volleyball with a soccer ball (because we didn’t have a volleyball) with all my friends.”
  • “So many fun things to do at camp! We went to the beach and saw crabs, we tie-dyed shirts, played volleyball, cooked meals for everyone. It was a lot of fun!
  • “The journey there was crazy fun. We all laughed a lot in the van while kids were being silly. It was very noisy!’
  • “It was so beautiful! On the ride there we went on the ferry and saw lots of seals. We went to the beach at camp Elkhaven and saw even more seals. Some people said they could hear the seals barking. We did a scavenger hunt on the beach and saw lots of shells and cool stuff. We had lots of laughs and played a lot!
  • “Campfire was the best! We ate s’mores, drank hot chocolate and watched stories in ASL around the campfire. The jokes were so funny! We walked on the beach and saw birds, (seagulls and eagles) and crabs.”
  • “We went to the beach and saw crabs! I screamed! The crabs crawl so fast. Some staff played a funny joke and scared my friend at night, we all laughed.  I enjoyed playing with new and old friends.”
  • “I wish that I was in a class with all the kids from camp. I wish they went to my school. We just understand each other.”
  • “My favourite experience was being able to see my friends that I only see a couple times a year and making tie dye t-shirts. I wish it had been a day longer!”
  • “This would be great if it was longer than two nights”,
  • “Can we do this more than once a year?”
  • “Can you help me connect with these other students when we get home?”
  • “How big a vehicle can you drive so we all can travel together? Can we rent a party bus?”
  •  “Is POPDHH going to do ASL level 2 class?” (The answer is Yes, details coming soon!)

Three more regional DHH events are happening this year: Camp Elkgrove – Fraser Valley districts, Camp Elkcanoe – Central BC, and Kootenay Konnection at Blue Lake. We will share photos and impressions in our end of school year newsletter.

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