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CHS hosts first-ever employment fair for Canadian students at Gallaudet University

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Caption:  CHS President and CEO Julia Dumanian, CHS Vice President Gary Malkowski and Gallaudet President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano at the first-ever employment fair.

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Canadian Hearing Society hosts first-ever employment fair for Canadian students at Gallaudet University

Toronto, ON (April 15, 2016) – An eager group of Canadian students studying at Gallaudet came away inspired and hopeful about their future careers after attending the Canadian Hearing Society's (CHS) first-ever employment fair at the Washington, D.C.-based school. Students in attendance learned about CHS Employment Services, internship programs and opportunities to work in Canada during the April 11 event, while also taking the opportunity to network with a prestigious group of guests and presenters.

“We are pleased and proud to have this partnership with CHS and are thrilled that our Canadian students will be able to seek and find appropriate employment in Canada,” said Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano, president of Gallaudet University.

Gallaudet University is the world’s only liberal arts university designed to be barrier-free for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. Canadian undergraduate and graduate students had the opportunity to mingle with CHS President and CEO Julia Dumanian, Canada’s first Deaf parliamentarian and Canadian Gallaudet alumnus Gary Malkowski, Gallaudet President Roberta “Bobbi” Cordano and officials from the Canadian Embassy, the US Department of Education and the Gallaudet Career Center.

“At CHS, employment and education are key priorities of focus for the future,” says Dumanian. “CHS Employment Services has supported more than 1,850 people in the past two years, with more than 25 per cent being between the ages of 17 and 29.”

Dumanian encouraged students pursuing post-secondary education at Gallaudet to strive for their academic and career goals. “Education is a basic human right. Equally, access to fair, appropriate and barrier-free employment is a right for all Canadians – Deaf or hearing. At CHS, we are proud to be your partner in accessing quality jobs and advancing your careers.”

“With CHS’s professional services and support, Canadian students at Gallaudet will be able to find employment in their field,” says Gary Malkowski, Vice President, Stakeholder and Employer Relations at CHS. “With coaching, mentoring, employer partnerships, and workplace access, all coordinated through CHS Employment Services, students can look forward to meeting their career goals.” Malkowski is an inspiration for many students as an alumnus and honorary Doctor of Letters at Gallaudet. He encouraged students to return to Canada to pursue career opportunities and advancement.

The job fair featured interactive exhibits from CHS, Gallaudet, the Canadian Embassy and the US Department of Education as well as activities for the students and presentations. CHS staff interacted with graduate and undergraduate Canadian students from a variety of fields considering re-entering the workforce in Canada.

Employment Services

Employment Services at CHS helps culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing individuals find a job, and works with employees and employers to put the right supports in place to help both succeed. This free service is the largest of its kind in Ontario for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

To learn more about CHS Employment Services, visit www.chs.ca/employment-services.

About the Canadian hearing Society

CHS was founded in 1940 and is one of the leading providers of services, products and information that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. Employment Services has provided job search assistance and employment supports for job seekers and employers for more than 70 years in offices across Ontario. For more information, visit www.chs.ca.

For more pictures of the event and to join the convesation, follow CHS on Twitter and Facebook, #CHSworks. 

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Media Contact:

Marie-Lauren Gregoire
Communications Manager
Canadian Hearing Society
Email: mgregoire@chs.ca
Phone: 416-928-2500 ext. 272 

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