Nice To Meet You, Amanda!

Each newsletter issue, we will interview one of our team members from IDHHC. This issue, we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Windle, our Outreach & Client Services Coordinator in Victoria.

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Where were you born/raised?

I was born in Ottawa, but I grew up in Victoria. When I was 20 years old, I moved to Nanaimo where I spent 20 years before coming back to Victoria which I’m really happy about.

What has been your past work history?

I worked as an Early Childhood Educator for 20 years and as an Educational Assistant with the school district working with French Immersion students in K-12. I also worked as a Community Support Worker. I have always enjoyed working in environments where there is an educational aspect. I love teaching and being a part of someone’s learning on whatever topic that may be. When I moved back to Victoria, I switched careers to work in administration and landed a position with McNeill Audiology where I worked for 8 years before coming to IDHHC.

What do you do at IDHHC?

I was hired as the Outreach and Client Services Coordinator, however 3 weeks after I started working at IDHHC, COVID-19 hit and our office was forced to close. Given my role was to be doing outreach and education in the community, due to the lockdowns, I was not able to provide those services. When our office reopened, I shifted to reception and clinic support as well as providing support to all staff. I think the best parts of being an educator and of working at McNeill Audiology have been rolled into one perfect position for me here at IDHHC.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

In a way I feel like the position I was hired for at IDHHC is just beginning. I’m really excited about finally getting out into the community. I’m eager to bring hearing health and hearing safety to school aged children and youth in the form of teaching modules and interactive presentations. I’m excited to be meeting with different organizations and agencies to share information about our agency and the different services we can offer. I hope to share knowledge with the staff and residents of Independent and Supported Seniors’ residences about hearing health, hearing aids, available technology, and communication strategies. Being more hands-on in demonstrations and having the opportunity to do in-person presentations is something I’m really looking forward to doing.

What do you find most challenging about your work?

Staying on top of the newest technology is always a challenge because devices and technology are always improving and changing.

Where are some of the places that you have travelled to?

I have visited Mazatlán, Mexico on many occasions, and I’ve also been to Cuba, Quebec, Montréal, and Ottawa.

What is something we’d be surprised to learn about you?

That I live on the West Coast of Canada, and I don’t eat seafood. Or perhaps my lifelong dream of having a pet squirrel.

What is your favourite meal?

I think lasagna is my all-time favourite, but I do love any Mexican dish.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love taking creative photos of my dog who has his own Instagram handle: @westin_the_dog. I love camping, overnight hiking trips, and spend most of my free time on
adventures outdoors.

If the plane was leaving tonight, where would it be taking you?

Somewhere in the Caribbean where it is hot and sunny, filled with palm trees, white sand and turquoise water.

IDHHC has a variety of programs and services specific to support Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals and families in our community and we welcome you to check the links below or connect with us for additional service inquiries.

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