My name is Jan Todd and I’m standing for election for a first term on the board of Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre.
As a profoundly deaf woman I can really understand what it’s like to try to live in a world that is not made for people that do not hear well.
As much as I have a cochlear implant that helps a lot, I still rely heavily on speech reading.
Unfortunately, I don’t know how to do sign language and at times it feels like a part of me is missing.
I am hoping that this opportunity will give me the chance to learn so that I can better understand and communicate with everyone in the deaf and hard of hearing community.
I have over 40 years of diverse work experience starting out in business administration and doing some accounting as well. I then switched to wood working for a time and then I moved back to the office environment.
Right now, I’m an accessibility advisor and what I do is try to help organizations learn to be more inclusive for all people with disabilities.
I feel very strongly that everyone needs to be supported so they can participate equitably whether at work, at home, or at play.
On my daily walks, I often pass the statue of Terry Fox. He’s my hero. On one side of his statue are his famous words “Dream are made possible if you try”.
Fostering accessibility and inclusion are my dream and my passion.
I hope to bring some of that passion to the board of IDHHC. Thank you for your consideration of me and I look forward to having the opportunity to help.