My name is Jan Todd, and I am pleased to be standing for election for my first term as a Director on the board of the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre.
As a profoundly deaf woman, I can fully understand the frustrations that come from living in a world not made for people who do not hear well. Even though my Cochlear Implant helps a great deal, I continue to rely heavily on speech reading. Unfortunately, I do not know sign language, which feels at times like there is something missing in my life. I do hope that being on this board will give me a chance to learn to sign so that I can better communicate and understand everyone in the Deaf and hard of hearing community.
I have over 40 years of diverse work experience, starting out in business administration and accounting, making a switch to cabinet making for awhile, then moving back into the office environment. Now working as an Accessibility Advisor, my job is to help organizations become more inclusive for all people with disabilities. I believe that everyone should be able to take part as equitably as possible, whether at work, at home, or at play.
On my daily walks, I often pass the statue of Terry Fox. He is my hero. Written on one side of the statue are his famous words “dreams are made possible if you try”. Fostering accessibility is my dream, and my passion.
I look forward to this opportunity to do my part in helping the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre achieve its vision and dreams.