BC Buddies (ages 8-15)

Fall 2019:

1. Lower Mainland – Oct 26th 2019 11am to 3pm

What: TBD
Where: TBD

2. Okanagan (Kamloops) – Nov 9th 2019 11am to 3pm

What: BC Buddies Bake Off!  Want to be a Master Chef for a day?  Learn to make delicious food in teams.  No experience needed! Lunch is included.
Where: Mount Paul Foods Centre, 140 Laburnum Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2B 1G4

Registration opens on Sep 10th 2019.
Forms

Spring 2020: Lower Mainland & Okanagan regions

Save the dates for Feb 8th 2020 and May 2nd 2020
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.