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CHHA Manitoba Chapter has many special presentations and regular meetings coming up.  Be sure to check out the listing on the right side of our home page to see what’s happening!

Winnipeg Taxi Cab Study – 2016

The Taxicab Board has engaged MNP Consulting Services to complete a review of the Winnipeg Taxicab industry to ensure access to quality, safe and efficient taxicab services including:

  • A taxicab supply that effectively meets demand
  • Affordable fares that support a healthy, viable taxicab industry
  • High quality customer service and customer satisfaction
  • Safety and security of passengers and drivers
  • Compliance with all applicable laws including accessibility standards.

The review will include consultations with cab companies and drivers, the public, and organizations with an interest in taxi and limousine services in Winnipeg.

Background information about the industry in Winnipeg and access to online surveys is available on the Winnipeg Taxi Study webpage at www Winnipeg Taxi Cab Study 2016

Please email questions or concerns to or call 877-500-0795 toll-free.

Newborn Hearing Screening

Hearing tests for newborns will be available at 13 health-care facilities across Manitoba starting September 1, 2016.

Read the CBC report here: CBC Manitoba: Newborn Hearing Screening Expands Across Manitoba or the Winnipeg Free Press report here: Winnipeg Free Press: Hearing Program for Infants Launched

Accessibility Legislation

The Government of Manitoba Disabilities Issues Office (DIO) wishes to share an important opportunity to contribute to a national discussion on accessibility legislation.  The Government of Canada is inviting Manitoba youth with expertise in a broad range of disabilities to participate in a national conversation about accessibility.  These discussions will be part of a day-long National Youth Forum planned in Ottawa in November 2016.  Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada’s first Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, will host the forum.

To learn more about how all Manitobans can participate in the national consultation on-line and in person, and how youth can apply to the National Youth Forum, please visit Government of Canada – disability consultations  and click on National Youth Forum.  The deadline for submissions to the Government of Canada is September 15, 2016.

Campaign for Better Hearing

The National Association of Federal Retirees and its hearing professional partners has launched the National Campaign for Better Hearing.  The campaign’s first goal is to ensure that Canadians over the age of 60 can get a free hearing test.  Participating hearing health professionals will donate $4.00 for every test performed towards a fund to help provide hearing aids to those who cannot afford them.  In 2015 the campaign collected $2.00 for every hearing test, but with this year’s increased donation, the goal is to raise $250,000.  For more information, please visit Campaign for Better Hearing or phone 1-888-903-3316 to book an appointment


Congratulations to Gael Hannan on the highly successful launch of her book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  The book reached number two on McNally Robinson’s best seller list for non-fiction for the week of May 22 to June 1, 2016.

Video from May 26, 2016 book signing

A special event CHHA Manitoba Chapter sponsored as part of Speech and Hearing Month in 2016 was a book-signing held Thursday May 26 at the McNally Robinson book store in Winnipeg.  The event featured Gael Hannan discussing her new book, The Way I Hear It: A Life With Hearing Loss.  Gael is a sought-after speaker known for her funny and insightful performances on living with hearing loss. Here’s a link to the video posted on YouTube.  The video was shot using a cellphone from the back of the room so the quality is not perfect, but it’s still good!  You may have to increase your volume to hear it properly. Gael Hannan book signing May 27, 2016

Web Site Update

Our web site is currently being updated and tested. If you encounter problems, please click on the Contact button above and send us a message.  We should be up and fully operational soon.

New Executive Director at CHHA National

Press Release: Ottawa, Ontario – February 16, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA) is pleased to announce Ms. Glenn Martin as their Executive Director, effective
February 16, 2016.

“We are excited to have Glenn join us,” says Myrtle Barrett, President of CHHA. “With her senior management experience with organizations undergoing change and her passion for making a difference, Glenn Martin is an excellent fit for the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association.”

Ms. Martin is a Registered Nurse, holds a Commerce degree from the University of  Victoria and is a Certified Association Executive. She held senior staff positions with not-for-profits for twelve years, including eight as CEO for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACECBC). Previously, Glenn was the Manager, Member & Public Affairs for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the regulatory body for more than 25,000 members.   Read more »

Coming Soon!

See Me Speak – an eight-week speech (lip) reading program

Join us in the spring and learn the fundamentals of speech (lip) reading. Train your eyes to “listen” to a speaker by watching their face to learn their speech patterns, movements and gestures. Classes are an hour long and involve learning basic lip shapes, understanding gestures and body language, practice in speechreading and an opportunity to socialize with others who understand the struggles faced by those with hearing loss. The classes are taught by Rosalyn Sutley, a certified speechreading instructor.

Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 starting April 5th at the St James Assiniboia 55+ Centre, 3-203 Duffield Street. Call 204-987-8850 or email to register. The cost is $35.00. Parking on designated streets for 4 hours is a $5 fee for the duration of the course. Easily accessible by transit.