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Authentic Representation in Deaf Culture

The Importance of Authentic Representation in Deaf Culture Education In recent years, there’s been a growing appreciation for the rich and unique culture of the Deaf community. Deaf culture encompasses language, traditions, social norms, and values developed and nurtured by Deaf people over generations. With this increased interest, it’s vital to ensure that Deaf culture […]

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Artistic Ice Cream Social with S5WAVES and Community Support

Last Saturday, S5WAVES – a local Kingston grassroots organization I founded reached a new milestone as we hosted our highly anticipated third Awesome Ice Cream Social. This year\’s event was not only a delightful gathering but also an artistic showcase and a heartwarming display of community support. From the talents of four artists displaying their artwork to the captivating performances of two Kingston Circus Art performers and two Deaf storytellers, the Ice Cream Social became a resounding success that left us captivated and filled with gratitude.

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Amazing Race Canada

Did you watch The Amazing Race Canada Tuesday evening???
Did you see biggest secret I kept since April, the race occurred at my old alumni Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf (SJW) in Belleville, Ontario. The show used my ASL alphabet chart!!! I am so honoured to have my illustrations with my logo displayed on the amazing show. 

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Deaf Representation

I am not asking permission at the seat of the table. I am pulling up my own chair, to bring you awareness about the issues important to certain individuals to have a voice.

There has been an increased recognition of diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations or institutions. They have adjusted their policies to have proper representation in their workplace. Women and visible minorities, people with disabilities have been often included in the policies. That has not been the case for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafened. 

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International Week of Deaf People

The International Week of Deaf People has been celebrated during the last full week of September, Sept 20-26, 2021. Last week, we came together to recognize that deaf people have our own communities, our own cultures, our own languages, sign languages, which unite us all. This year’s theme for the International Week of Deaf People

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Tim Hortons

Couple weeks ago, BriConnect owned by Caylan McMullan contacted me to work together on a project with Tim Hortons. Tim Hortons shot a commercial involving ASL and just posted today of #TimsTrueStory told by MacKenzie and Blair. Tim Hortons reason for reaching out to BriConnect and me, their mission was for us to provide authentic

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Collins Bay Institution

Knowledge is Power

The Employment Equity and Diversity Committee at Collins Bay Institution reached out to me to provide a workshop. I hosted two-part lunch and learn workshop series at the institution. I provided my expertise for the attendees with the basic skills needed to interact effectively and respectfully with culturally deaf people within their work environment and

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Raising Deaf Culture Awareness

Six months ago I was contacted by Kingston Unitarian Fellowship (KUF) through Susan Young, parent of a Deaf adult, to provide a presentation to raise their awareness of Deaf Culture and that occurred today. KUF is for all those in the Kingston area who support Unitarian Universalist principles to join together in a caring community

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Accessibility\’s Queen

I provide workshops on \”A Deaf Perspective.\” I teach through experience and knowledge of Deaf Culture, Deaf community and American Sign Language. I was referred to Accessibility Queen\’s at Queen\’s University to provide my workshop, taught a motivated and curious group of Queen\’s students on Saturday, March 24. (Photos provided by Odelle Ma. Top is

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