My Experience as a CHS Summer Student
By Olivia Gilbert, Special Programs Assistant, CHS Toronto
Working for the Canadian Hearing Society this summer has been a great opportunity. It has taught me so much about the Deaf and hard of hearing community and about hearing loss. Being able to work for an organization with a vision to create a barrier free society for all was truly inspiring. The atmosphere and staff at CHS definitely made my time here memorable. Everyone I’ve met is very passionate and hard working. There was never a moment when I didn’t feel welcomed.
As a summer student, I was given the opportunity to take ASL classes once a week. I learned basic ASL and learned about Deaf culture. I also learned signs from my coworkers and was able to practice with them. I am happy to say I will leave CHS able to sign simple phrases and greetings. This was a great addition to my experience, and I am hoping to take ASL classes in the future.
At CHS, I worked with the Communications and Marketing team where I helped create promotional material for CHS services and programs, designed graphics for CHS social media channels and researched new ideas for future fundraising events. The work I completed gave me a better understanding of the barriers the Deaf and hard of hearing community face every day and how people experience hearing loss in different ways. I feel fortunate to have been able to work for an organization looking to make a positive change in the world and who believes in inclusivity for all. Anyone with the chance to work at CHS should seize the opportunity.