Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference 2007

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Canadian Deaf Women’s Conference 2007

October 30, 2007

“Deaf Women: Honouring Our Past, Planning Our Future”

August 13 to 18, marked a significant milestone for Deaf women in Canada, as the first national Deaf Women’s Conference was held at UBC in Vancouver. Attended by over 175 Deaf women from across the country, this conference gave Deaf women a rare and important opportunity to come together to reflect on their status and set goals for their future as a community. In keeping with the goal for attendees to learn, to share and to plan next steps, the conference included workshops on subjects relevant to Deaf women, plenary discussions and a roundtable, all aimed at empowering Deaf women.

The Canadian Association of the Deaf was proud to host this conference as part of our “Empowering Deaf Women” project. We contributed more than $20,000 in travel, accommodation, meals, and registration costs. We also covered all interpretation fees, totaling $8,000. Our efforts subsidized a dozen women to attend the conference from all across the country. In addition, the CAD contributed the hard work and long hours of two full-time staff persons, and provided thousands of hours worth of voluntary French-English translation services. It was a lot of work and quite a lot of money, but seeing the great success of the event made it all worth while!

Special thanks to Dawn Stewart and Evelyne Gounetenzi for the months of effort they put into the conference on behalf of the CAD!

The CAD also wishes to express its deep gratitude to the women of the Organizing Committee in B.C. who worked on the conference for as long as five years and who ensured its success:

Chairwoman – Janice “JJ” Jickels
Registration / Volunteers – Hester Hussey
Workshops / Exhibits – Lois Wood
Secretary – Leanor Vlug
Treasurer – Suzie Giroux
Assistant to the Chair – Marjorie Cameron
Public Relations – Margie Vlug Fox
Many thanks to all!