What I learned working at CHS this summer
By Brianne Barry, Special Programs Assistant, CHS Waterloo office
When I was younger I took ASL classes because I was curious about communicating with sign and learning about deaf culture. When I saw the position for CHS on a job board I was excited about the idea of being able to work in this environment and learn more. Since being here, what I enjoyed most about my experience is the environment and my co-workers. I have found that everyone I interacted with at CHS has been welcoming and enthusiastic to teach me more about CHS and hearing. Seeing the passion and dedication of the staff at CHS, as well as working on projects together with my co-workers has inspired me to do my best in all my work and made the position unique.
While working at the Canadian Hearing Society I got the opportunity to work on many different projects. I worked on one project that involved creating a presentation on Fire Safety for older adults. This was one of my favourite tasks because I took gerontology courses in school and it was exciting being able to take knowledge I had learned and apply it into my work. Other projects I worked on varied a lot in nature, such as doing research on deaf and hard of hearing statistics and updating old resources. From working on these projects, I learned a lot on deaf culture and hearing loss. This was interesting for me to learn about because I have always been interested in ASL and deaf culture, and I hope to continue learning in the future.