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Alanna Cooke – VLOG Transcript

Hello my name is Alanna Cooke and I am pleased to be connected to IDHHC. I have been involved with the Board of Directors since January 2019.

I have a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and geography plus studies in urban design and began a career as a city planner.

I also have severe bilateral hearing loss and did not seek out assistance until I completed university.

As a result of my hearing loss I was confronted with many challenging conversations and difficulties with lip-reading leading to many awkward situations and unnecessary struggles.

I realized I needed assistance to help me be my best.

It was after this realization that I opened my mind and heart to the world of deaf and hard-of-hearing.

I worked with my doctor, audiologist, and later IDHHC and Work BC to become a confident, proud individual with a hearing loss and an advocate for other deaf and hard of hearing persons.

My passion in my work falls within the realm of community engagement.

Since 2006 I have been working with local government organizations to prepare vision, goals, objectives and policies related to future land uses and built environments.

My passion in my personal life is people – so very much connected to that in my profession.

I have been a volunteer with various organizations over the last 15 years and as it relates to my connection with hearing loss I’ve had the opportunity to participate in a ‘walk to hear’ event in Vancouver, as this was promotional advertising in the lower mainland.

And now this: an opportunity to be a part of the board of directors and a part of progress and change with the supportive organization – IDHHC.

Through my position as a member of the board, I would like to assist in many aspects including recruitment, fundraising and strategic initiatives.

Moving forward, I’m here to continue learning; help out when I can; and connect with new people. Thank you.