BC Buddies

Spring 2020:

Lower Mainland (Surrey)

When: Sat Feb 22nd 12:45pm to 3:45pm
Where: 4Cats Arts Studio, 340 – 3091 152 Street, Surrey, BC
Registration: https://forms.gle/rr453xVJyrXHLqLC8
Cost: $20.00 (pay here – type in the specific amount) 
Print, sign and return: Buddies Program Liability Waiver

 

Okanagan (Vernon)

When: Sat Apr 18th time TBD
Where: Okanagan Science Centre, 2704 BC-6, Vernon, BC
Register opens on March 1st.

 

Past BC Buddies Reflections: click here

A concept inspired by Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech (“Clarke Buddies”), which is described as “a fun opportunity to meet, get to know, and connect on a regular basis with other kids who are deaf or hard of hearing!”

Participants will share experiences about being deaf or hard of hearing, participate in team building activities, and build a sense of community. They have an option of being paired with an older mentor or a peer close to their own age. Older students that choose to be mentors will gain leadership and community service experience while being a role model to a younger student.

Who? deaf and hard of hearing students between ages 8 and 15

What? BC Buddies gives students the opportunity to strengthen a connection with one other student. The event is led by experienced teachers of the deaf and deaf young adults. Meet-ups consist of organized activities and social time.

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When and where? BC Buddies have 3 sessions across the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan Region held in February, May, and November of each year.  

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Why? The goal of the buddies program is to connect students who are deaf and hard of hearing and build a sense of community. By doing this, students can reduce feelings of isolation, create a sense of support and community among students with hearing loss, raise confidence, establish new friendships, share experiences, develop a sense of identity, develop leadership skills, and gain advice about situations relating to hearing loss.