Managing my career and my future with support from Canadian Hearing Society
My name is Bernard Wong. I immigrated to Canada with my family in 1994, and that’s when I found the Canadian Hearing Society. My family was in search of a service that could assist me as I am deaf, having lost my hearing at 3 months of age due to a fever.
After graduating from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with an associates degree in computer aided drafting technology and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology, I looked for guidance from Canadian Hearing Society Employment Services. My CHS Employment Consultant Regent Gendron taught me how to improve my interview skills with employers. With Regent’s help, my self-confidence has improved and allowed me to become more independent.
I also worked with a speech pathologist to learn how to communicate effectively in the Canadian workplace and with communication devices consultants at CHS for an alerting system, TTY and other technical devices for personal and business situations. I’ll never forget the first communications device I purchased from Canadian Hearing Society, a flashing-light alarm.
Today, I am a multi-task supervisor at VR3 Engineering in Stratford, Ontario. My role involves understanding the customers’ order, manufacturing management and processing, computer numerical control (CNC), material stock inventory and engineering model analyzing. It is a pleasure to communicate with my coworkers and clients without barriers thanks to the support I received from Canadian Hearing Society.
CHS provided me with the services I needed to create a better future for myself. Because of the advice I received from Canadian Hearing Society, I can manage my job, my life and my future.