CHS Staff Spotlight - Pat Morano
Meet Pat Morano.
Pat was just two years old when she became Deaf after battling Meningitis. It wasn’t until Pat was enrolled in an elementary school that she was able to learn sign language from her teachers and Deaf peers and then better communicate with those around her. When she was 11 years, she made her first visit to CHS to purchase her first communication device – a TTY. She continued on to a mainstream high school made accessible through the use of ASL interpreters.
Later in life, Pat attended Gallaudet University and began volunteering at the Canadian Hearing Society to explore different career options. It’s here that a staff member introduced her to the literacy program where she developed a passion for working with students. She continued to volunteer in the Literacy and Basic Skills program for four months until her hard work paid off and she was offered a permanent position.
Pat’s passion for teaching has led to her life-long profession – she has been working at CHS for over 21 years and is currently our Lifeskills Literacy Coordinator where she works alongside supportive team members to help adult learners who are Deaf and hard of hearing improve their communication skills, increase their knowledge and independence.
Adult learners in the Literacy and Basic skills program come to CHS because our classes are taught in ASL. For Pat, the best part of her job is sharing her knowledge, experiences and ASL resources with the learners and seeing their progress. She is passionate about helping her students and enjoys seeing them succeed.
On top of her regular work, Pat also volunteers and helps out with many CHS events including fundraising events, CHS Quest and accessibility events. Every year, she looks forward to helping with events for International Week of the Deaf for both CHS and the Deaf community. She is a strong supporter of the Deaf community and she has advocated for fair access to language, employment, education and sustainable living. She has also taken part in many sporting events and International Week of the Deaf events for both CHS and Toronto’s Deaf community.
Pat is proud to work at CHS and continues to use her knowledge and experiences to make the Literacy and Basic Skills program better with each passing year, and she enjoys working with the team around her. She says, “There are many Deaf leaders working at CHS who I look up to for their strong leadership skills.”