There will be two sessions offered:
1. Sat July 20th 11am to 3pm
What: Come take on a series of fun team challenges including water balloon toss to unlock the summer treasure!
Where: BC Family Hearing Resource Centre, 15220 92 Avenue, Surrey BC
2. Sat Aug 24th 11am to 3pm
What: Families with children of all ages are welcome for a fun potluck picnic with access to spray pool and model steam railway. Please bring your own lawn chair.
Where: Confederation Park, 120 N Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby BC
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.
When and where? BC Buddies have 3 sessions across the Lower Mainland held in February, April, and November of each year. Starting Fall 2019, we will be able to offer sessions in Fraser Valley and Okanagan region. Dates to be determined.
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.