What’s POPDHH Been Up To?
McQueen Lake Regional Event
On May 15 – 17, 2019, ten Okanagan districts and independent schools had an opportunity to attend the annual McQueen DHH camp, sponsored in part by POPDHH. 10 TDHHs and 21 students participated in the event, which started with a group hike and exploring the surroundings.
The participants enjoyed ASL lessons and storytelling presented by our very own John Warren, the POPDHH ASL Specialist. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Jessica and Hart from CHAA-BC, who talked about their experiences with varied hearing levels, and brought some cool videos and games to share with the crowd. Erin from PDHHS provided a youth transition presentation and showed us how the students’ hearing experiences are much like Harry Potter’s magic.
Of course, there were some free time activities, so the students had a chance to relax, socialize, get to know their peers and make wonderful lasting friendships.
Here are a couple of quotes from the attendees:
“My kids all had so much fun and can’t wait until next year. They were thrilled to just be together, without the pressure of being the only kid with hearing loss in the group!”
“Regional get togethers such as this are invaluable as we can support and learn from those in several areas across the region. Deaf and hard of hearing students are low incidence throughout the province and thus need to network and connect. TDHHs are the framework that support this necessity and we are lucky to have found an amazing and natural environment to do it”.
“The McQueen Lake Camp for DHH students is a fabulous event that gives Okanagan DHH students opportunities to connect with peers and mentors they identify with who they rarely see and meet in there schools and communities. This camp is perfect for our students for their healthy social/ emotional development. The countless extra volunteer hours our POPDHH staff, mentors, and Okanagan Teachers of the DHH contribute to this event demonstrates their belief in the value it has for these students. I hope we can make it an annual event.”