Visitors with Hearing Loss on Our Island

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Photo:  We visited a roadside stand in Hope River.  Left to right:  Don, Jane, Daria, Annie Lee.

August 12, 2017.  Summer is the time when we see a lot of visitors to the island.  This year we had the pleasure of seeing friends from Ottawa, Jane Scott and Don Gribble.  Jane and I were on the CHHA National board together, and currently serve on the CHHA Foundation board.  Annie Lee and I spent a great afternoon discussing hard of hearing issues with them, and doing a bit of touring.

Jane and Don were great hosts when I was in Ottawa in November and my husband and I were more than happy to return the favour of showing them a good time.   Besides the normal tourist sights, they got to see the “Knickers older than Canada” display at the Alberton Visitors Centre.   (See

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One of the nicest things about travel when you are hard of hearing is that you get to see how other places address our needs.  Jane shared this photo of a sign found in the women’s washroom of the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic when they were in Lunenburg (see


Jane and Don were in Lunenburg to visit the Tall Ships.  One of the ships, Lord Nelson, was fully equipped to handle disabled crew, up to 8 in wheelchairs, and they had special equipment and markers on the boat for the blind.  As Jane commented, “Rather neat!”  There are elevators to take wheelchairs and disabled between decks, and a rope and pulley system to bring wheelchairs up the gangplank. The hard of hearing haven’t been forgotten as the ship is equipped with a hearing loop!!  Thinking about volunteering to crew?  (See

Thanks Jane and Don, for sharing those stories!  Do you have a tip or story to share about your travel adventures?  Let us know!  Comments can be made on this blog, or you can email us at


© Daria Valkenburg

Bonshaw Ceilidh Fundraiser A Success!

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Photo:  PEI Chapter President Annie Lee MacDonald at Bonshaw Hall with violinist Karen Graves and PEI Chapter member Marion Toole.  Admission to the ceilidh was by donation.  (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

August 4, 2017. The afternoon of Sunday, May 28 was the sound of music for the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association and the audience at a benefit ceilidh at Bonshaw Hall. Part of the proceeds went to the Chapter for its advocacy and outreach work, and the performers generously donated their time and considerable talent.

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Photo:  Fresh Air Inspectors. From left to right:  Gary Torlone, Emily Ross, Kevin Yarr, and Marcus Lutterman. (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

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Photo left:  University of PEI music student Andrea Corder played and sang her own composition.  (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

Photo right:  Maritime Idol winners Olivia Blacquiere and Emma Bowers.  (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

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Photo left:  Nathan Simmons and professional violinist Karen Graves, who plays with the P.E.I and New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, played two pieces by Bela Bartok.  (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

Photo right:  German-born singer-songwriter Anna Ney from New Brunswick.  (Photo credit: Daria Valkenburg)

Proceeds from this benefit and other donations received are used by the non-profit PEI Chapter for:

  • Engaging in advocacy and outreach issues for the hard of hearing
  • Holding regular meetings with guest speakers on hearing related issues
  • Fostering speech reading classes
  • Speaking engagements on hard of hearing topics
  • Encouraging hearing accessibility in public places

All donations to the Chapter are tax deductible as we are a non-profit charitable donation.  If you have a hearing loss, or know someone who does, consider making a donation.  We have no employees, and all our work is done by dedicated volunteers.

The next meeting of the PEI Chapter is on Tuesday, September 26 at 9:30 am, at the North Tryon Presbyterian Church.  For more information, contact .

© Daria Valkenburg