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Medical Interpreting Services at WIDHH

FROM: Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Dear members of our Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Interpreting and Medical Services Community in BC,

The Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (WIDHH) is the provider of Medical Interpreting Services (MIS) for BC. For the past several years, services for MIS on Vancouver Island has been subcontracted to the Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre (IDHHC) in Victoria and we thank them for their services to the MIS program.

Starting Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 8:00am all MIS services will be provided through the WIDHH Vancouver office. This will help to create consistency in services across all regions and improve our medical interpreting services across the province.

Non-Emergency

Phone: 604-736-7012
Text: 778-995-7391
TTY: 604-736-7099
Fax: 604-736-7786
Glide: MSH AVXH
Email: mis@widhh.com
Facetime: medicalis@icloud.com
Toll Free
Phone: 1-877-736-7012
TTY: 1-877-736-7099
After Hours/EMERGENCY

Phone: 604-736-7039
Text: 778-990-7391
TTY: 604-736-7078
Toll Free
Phone: 1-877-736-7039
TTY: 1-877-736-7078

Thank you for attending!

IDHHC hosted a Townhall meeting on June 16th for members of the Deaf Community. It was facilitated by Linda Cundy of Edmonton.

For those who could not attend in person, IDHHC has provided the following two ASL videos
(Note: The following ASL to ENG interpretation was done during the presentation, was not rehearsed and has not been edited for the purposes of this video. Please disregard any unintentional errors):

  • Video 1: The morning meeting (approximately 1 1/2 hours in total)
  • Video 2: A summary of the afternoon meeting (approximately 6 minutes viewing time)

Summer Celebration

IDHHC’s Annual Summer Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2018. It will be held at Centennial Park in Saanichton, from noon until 3:00 pm. The address is 7500 Block, Wallace Drive, Saanichton. Please see the ASL Vlog and poster for more information.

Download the Map

Medical Sign Language Interpreting Services – Follow-Up

The Provincial Language Service, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is seeking your input. [See ASL Vlog for more info] We have held engagement sessions around the province. The purpose of the engagement is to understand the values and specific needs related to creating a successful provincial medical Sign language interpreting services. Deaf, hard of hearing and Deaf-Blind community members came together and provided valuable input. Engagement sessions were held in Kelowna, Greater Vancouver, Victoria and Prince George.

We are now inviting you to the follow-up meeting in Vancouver where we will report on the feedback we received. TO REGISTER or if you have any questions, please email Emina@rmdelaney.com.

The meeting will take place at:

4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 20
Vancouver
BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre
Clinical Support Building
932 29th Ave. Bikeway
Room V2-222

We have also organized meeting space at five (5) other locations that will join the meeting via telehealth. Remote location details are:

1. Kelowna
Kelowna General Hospital
2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna
Room: Boardroom

2. Prince George
Prince George University Hospital Northern BC
1475 Edmonton Street, Prince George
Room: Vern Fraser Rm

3. Nanaimo
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital
1200 Dufferin Cr, Nanaimo
Room: 1203

4. Victoria
Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay Street, Victoria
Room: EMP Boardroom 188

5. Terrace
Terrace Mills Memorial Hospital
4720 Haugland Avenue, Terrace
Room: Education Rm

New Victoria Office

NEW OFFICE NOW OPEN!

The new IDHHC Victoria office is located at #130, 1555 McKenzie Avenue.

The following bus routes travel to 1555 McKenzie Avenue:

  • Bus #12 University Heights/UVic
  • Bus #16 Uptown/UVic
  • Bus #24 Cedar Hill
  • Bus #26 UVic
  • Bus #27 Gordon Head
  • Bus #28 Majestic
  • Bus #39 Westhills/Interurban
  • Bus #51 Langford/UVic – Royal Oak/UVic

You can find driving directions from Google Maps.

View of front of building, from McKenzie Avenue. Note there is a pedestrian/wheelchair ramp from McKenzie Avenue leading up to the entrance.

View of back of building, from Garnet Road. There is a ramp at the back of the building, to access upper parking.There is plenty of free visitor parking (up to 2 hours).

View of entrance to IDHHC, from upper level parking (P2), take stairway or elevator to 1st floor, Room 130

Town Hall Meeting with the Deaf Community

The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre senior staff and Board of Directors want to set up a Townhall Meeting with the Deaf community. The purpose is to review existing services and to discuss future plans together, as we move forward.

Full details are in the attached video.

LOCATION: The Townhall Meeting will be held at the University of Victoria, David Strong Building, Room C118

View UVic Campus Map

Image Description:
A woman with short dark hair, wearing a black v-neck sweater, sits in her home office, directly facing the camera. A black-framed picture with an indistinct blue image is on the wall behind her head. Also, behind her to the right of the frame, is a low wooden file cabinet adjacent to a desk with three drawers. She smiles warmly and begins to sign.

Video Transcript:
Hello my name is Linda Cundy; I am from Edmonton.
The Island Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre senior staff and board of directors want to set up a Townhall Meeting with the Deaf community.
The purpose is to review existing services and to discuss future plans together, as we move forward.
Please hold the date Saturday June 16th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.
The meeting will be held at the University of Victoria. The room number will be announced shortly. Lunch will be provided.
I will be the facilitator for this Townhall meeting.
If you would like to meet with me prior to the meeting, or if you’re unable to attend the Townhall on June 16th, we can set-up a mutually agreed time to have a 10 to 15 minute video chat by FaceTime of Skype.
You may contact me at LJCundy@icloud.com to discuss your ideas and share your comments.
I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, June 16th.
Thank you.