Marcie works as a custodian at a church in Salmon Arm.
Marcie had a stroke several years ago, which has left her with hemiparesis — weakness — on her right side. This made using a traditional heavy vacuum with a cord — particularly on the stairs — difficult, and even dangerous for her. The church’s vacuums were unwieldy and awkward for her to use.
Her vocational counsellor at the Shuswap Association for Community Living referred her to WorkBC Assistive Technology Services.
Shandell Receives “Understanding, Outstanding, and Thorough” Service From WorkBC Assistive Technology Services
Shandell works in customer service at a physiotherapy clinic in Vancouver, with her duties including working closely with patients to book their appointments, collecting payment, tracking treatment progress while they are in the office, answering phones, and ensuring that they feel welcomed and comfortable attending the clinic.
“I have a moderate to severe hearing impairment,” she explains. “This impacts my employment as there are times where I struggle to hear certain pitches or sounds when communicating with patients. Sometimes I would not hear the timer go off when tracking the patient’s treatment progress.”
In 2019, Carol started work as a picture framer in Langford and began dealing with customers face-to-face.
“I’ve had hearing loss since my teenage years and have worn hearing aids most of that time. I’m 66 now and my hearing loss has progressed, but it’s still moderate. For the last decade I’ve worn inexpensive hearing aids I got off the internet. Although they amplified sounds, I still had a lot of trouble with speech recognition,” she explains.
Dinh Trinh works the graveyard shift as a waiter in Vancouver.
Hearing loss was making it difficult for him to hear his customers and the kitchen bell when it was time to bring out food.
His audiologist referred him to WorkBC Assistive Technology Services.
PK works in marketing and sales for a call centre in Kelowna.
“I have several medical conditions that limit me to work in an environment where standing or walking for long lengths of time is a job requirement,” she explains.
Kevin is a veterinary technician at a veterinary hospital in Vancouver. His job involves providing nursing care to the animal patients — largely cats and dogs — with duties ranging from administering medication, monitoring vitals, and performing tests.
Kevin has moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears due to a hereditary condition called Alport Syndrome.
Our Hearing Solutions Grand Opening on September 15th was an amazing success! We were blown away by the support from our community, with 80 people joining us to learn all about Hearing Solutions and to celebrate our newest social enterprise. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
We also want to give a big thanks to our sponsors: Starkey Canada, Starbucks Gilmore, and ALDS Canada. And of course, a big shoutout to our guest speakers: Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley, Burnaby Board of Trade CEO and President Paul Holden, Neil Squire Executive Director Gary Birch, Starkey Canada National Sales Manager Marco Coletta, and former professional baseball player and Hearing Solutions client Tyson Gillies.
“I Would Recommend This Program to Everyone,” WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Helps Lynda Hear at Work
Lynda works at a nursing home in Kelowna in recreation, with her duties including involving residents in activities like exercises, bus tours, and church services.
Lynda has hearing loss.
“I did not hear low speaking residents or co-workers when they spoke to me,” she explains.
Zach is a journeyman electrician working in Squamish.
“I am mostly deaf in my left ear,” he explains. “It impacted my employment when being delegated tasks since my brains recognition to speech was slow. This increased my anxiety drastically, making it hard to focus.”
He had previously lost his hearing aid, and needed a new one. He had learned about the WorkBC Assistive Technology Services program from his mother, and decided to apply.