1.800.667.5448 idhhc@idhhc.ca 130 - 1555 McKenzie Avenue, Victoria BC

Our Team

The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, the only non-profit agency of its kind on Vancouver Island, provides leadership, innovative solutions and services through engaging and educating communities, strengthening families, and fighting isolation.

Our staff includes audiologists, interpreters, sign language experts, speech-reading professionals and more. We work together to help bridge communication gaps, improve hearing health, and connect individuals with meaningful employment opportunities.

Victoria Office

Denise Robertson

Executive director

Denise joined IDHHC as Executive Director in June 2012 with a background of 20 years program and fund development on Vancouver Island.

Sharon “Shari” Mason

MANAGER OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS

Shari joined IDHHC in 2019 as Manager, Finance and Operations. Shari holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and a Masters in Business Administration. She has over 25 years of project management experience in banking, education, government, construction and not for profit industries.

Brenda Curts

OFFICE RECEPTION

Brenda joined IDHHC in November 2017 in reception and administration support and has over 15 years’ experience in senior administration and office management.

Kristi Falconer

MANAGER OF COMMUNICATION SERVICES

Kristi joined the IDHHC team in April 2018 after having spent 24 years as a Registered Sign Language Interpreter on Vancouver Island. She has been an advocate for Best Practices and Deaf access issues throughout her career and looks forward to this new role focusing on equal access and communication with Deaf individuals in the community.

Leslee Scott

MANAGER OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES

Leslee came to IDHHC as Manager of Community Services in 2015 from Kelowna where she worked for 20 years as Rehabilitation Counselor. She has worked with Deaf and hard of hearing persons in various roles since 1980.

Susanne Harnden

Community outreach

Susanne joined IDHHC in 2011 as a Community Outreach Worker. She has over 25 years of experience as a support worker in the community. She has held many executive positions with the South Vancouver Island Association of the Deaf (SVIAD) and is currently in the role as the SVIAD Secretary &
Treasurer.

Kara Winlaw

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Kara joined IDHHC as an Employment Counsellor in May 2018. Kara has a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and significant work experience in vocational rehabilitation, job coaching, case work and action plans for employment and the social services field.

Edward Storzer

AUDIOLOGIST

Edward joined IDHHC in July of 2019. He has previously worked in private practice for 17 years, with extensive experience in hearing aid technology and aural rehabilitation. He is also a clinical instructor for University of British Columbia audiologists.

Szilvia Korda

Hearing health services

Szilvia joined the team as Communications Associate in June 2016 and has over 20 years of experience as a Communication Health Assistant and is a member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. In 2016 she became a certified Speech Reading instructor and facilitates Speech Reading Level 1 and Drop-In classes.

Nanaimo Office

Alex Walker

MANAGER OF FAMILY & COMMUNITY SERVICES

Alex has a M.Ed. in Counselling, and is an active CASLI/WAVLI member. She has worked for most of her professional life in social services and has been with IDHHC for over 20 years.

Janet McDonald

Employment Services

Janet joined the Employment Services team in May of 2016 with over 7 years in the Employment Services field, B.A. in Psychology and Life Coaching and Career Development training.

Anna Bosa

HEARING HEALTH SERVICES & ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT

Anna joined IDHHC Nanaimo in September 2018. Anna has over 10 years of administration experience working with government agencies. She is looking forward to providing Hearing Health Services and Administration Support for the agency in the mid-island region.