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Thanks to / grâce à Carole Boucher, Colleen Eramchuk, Normand & Janet Beauchesne, Eugene & Mary LeBlanc, John & Gloria Duggan, Sherry Turner & Elbert Hamilton, Twyla Campbell, Bruce & Theresa Ullett, Mike & Jane McNulty, Arnold & Gwen Lewis, Henry & Susan McKinley, Wayne Dryden, family of / famille de Peggy Cardinal, Nancy Dillon & Danny Wojcik, Kimberley Blomquist, Michel & Beverley Cyr, Wilfred & Suzanne Saumure, Gilles & Rose-Mai Delinelle, Marlene Caldwell, Richard Csabi, Les & Gloria Sicoli, Marcel Dubeau et Pauline Marion, Christine Wilson, Gordon Kennedy, Bonnie Bowen, Francine Lalonde, Ronald & Patty Thompson, Joyce Colbeck, Roger Rousseau, Maria Baca, Monique Dozois, Debbie Ferron, Jean-Claude Beaudry, Kenneth & Anne Searson, Brenda Bowen, Paul Arcand, Gerald Richardson, Anonymous donor, Patrick St.Louis, Claudette Beaulne, Leslie & Gordon Wood, Michael Devlin, Garnet Pink & Frances Tremblay, Randy McMahon, Betty & Mac Tigwell, Georges & Jeannine Tardif, Charlotte Simard, Carol Ann Fowler, Betty Gagne, Carol Wojcik and/et Elaine Campbell.
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The Executive Board is very happy to announce that a new club name, Ottawa Deaf Seniors (ODS) is officially launched as of January 1, 2015. Last September, at the general meeting, a big majority was in favour of the name change.

Ottawa Deaf Golden Age Club was founded in 1988 and was originally a small card club. Thanks to positive feedback and comments, the membership is still growing along with various new activities. This club is well recognized across the province as Ottawa's Deaf seniors organization. The ODGAC itself is not known by many though it is the same club. So, evidently, Ottawa Deaf Seniors is a best-suited name.

Le Conseil d'administration est très heureux d'annoncer qu'un nouveau nom de club, Aînés sourds d’Ottawa (ASO) est officiellement lancé à compter du 1er janvier 2015. En septembre dernier, lors de l'Assemblée générale, une très grande majorité était en faveur de ce changement de nom.

Club de l'âge d'or de sourds Ottawa a été fondé en 1988 et était à l'origine un petite carte club. Grâce à la rétroaction positive et commentaires, le nombre de membres cesse de croître ainsi que diverses activités nouvelles. Ce club est reconnu dans toute la province, comme organisation de personnes âgées sourdes d'Ottawa. La CAOSO elle-même ne sait pas par beaucoup même si c'est le même club. Alors, évidemment, aux aînés sourds d'Ottawa est un nom de mieux adapté.

Marlene Caldwell


A letter (Dec. 30, 2014) from Shepards of Good Hope Foundation:

Dear ODS members,

Thank you so much for your very generous gift of 10 trays of prepared food to Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation. Your gift helps those in the greatest of need - those who without us would go hungry and would not have a place to live off the streets.

Every day and in so many ways you help Shepherds of Good Hope support the over 1,6000 vulnerable men and women that come to our doors in dire need of assistance.

Did you know that we have nine locations across this city? Of those nine locations, six are supportive living dwellings that are staffed 24 hours a day and 7 days a week? All of our locations house over 500 people each night and offer life giving programming that change lives forever.

Our work is never ending and would not be possible without your generous support. On behalf of everyone at Shepherds of Good Hope, thank you again for helping us provide a life of dignity.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of those we serve. Best wishes for 2015.

Respectfully yours,

Anna Silverman
Executive Director


A message (Dec. 19, 2014) from George Reklitis' family:

Hello Nancy,

It was so wonderful of Susan and Elaine to visit our brother George on Wednesday, and to give him a photo and $50.00, from the Ottawa Deaf Seniors group. He said thank you to the ladies. George soooo appreciates the visits, and so do we, as it's great to know that people go and visit him with whom he can communicate.

One of George's greatest pleasures is when we take him to the movies on Tuesday evenings, and we will purchase a cineplex movie card with this gift.

Please extend George's thanks to everyone, and all our wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!

Penny ​and Demetri Reklitis​


DRP Focus Group Meeting (video in ASL)



Members of the ODGAC are welcome to announce news (family, friends, birthdays, milestones, trips, accomplishments, awards/honours, etc.) on the new "Members" webpage.

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Dorothy Beam's Message (October 23, 2010)

Hello friends at ODGAC .. Wanted you all to know how much I enjoyed being with you for the belated Thanksgiving meal... Seeing and being hugged by those I know and meeting new ones was a treat for this old lady.

Perhaps you know I was born here in Ottawa, and except for the 3 years at OSD, Belleville, (known to you as Sir James Whitney, but not in my time) lived here till I visited Toronto where most of my school friends were, (I had an aunt and uncle there so stayed with them), I was 17 years old then. I got a job almost right away, and that is why I stayed with the Deaf community in Toronto.

Now Ottawa has grown to be a really beautiful city, I wouldn't mind living here again, except I still have a daughter in Toronto and grandkids too. Anyway, enough about me, I want to compliment the committee who planned that lovely dinner we had on Tuesday, October 19th and the friendliness of everyone there. I don't feel able to be a member of your Tuesday get-together, because of age and some physical limitations. But I hope to see you often just to enjoy "chatting" and getting to know you all a bit better.

So, here's to blessings from above to all...

Dorothy Ellen Beam



A small group of volunteers has begun advocating for long term care (LTC), which means, nursing homes/retirement residences, for Deaf and Deaf/blind seniors in eastern Ontario.

OUR GOAL is to be funded to advocate for the establishment of a system whereby Deaf and Deaf/blind seniors have an option to be served in a culturally appropriate, barrier free, long term care (LTC) setting in an existing facility in eastern Ontario. That is, to have one “home” where Deaf and Deaf/Blind seniors can be together. The benefits for the Deaf community will also help other seniors who have lost their hearing as they aged.


There is no long term care facility in Eastern Ontario with the expertise or dedicated spaces to serve the culturally Deaf or Deaf/blind. The Deaf have long recognized the need for such services locally and most want to remain in eastern Ontario as they age. Currently, persons who are Deaf must move out of the area or even out of province to receive culturally specific services. Separation from families and friends can be traumatic. If an existing LTC facility in eastern Ontario provided culturally specific services then families, friends and volunteers (Deaf and hearing who can use sign language) could easily visit.


A setting, within the existing LTC system, that understands the needs of Deaf and Deaf/blind persons and includes:

  • staff and volunteers trained in sign language
  • provision of sign language interpreters and intervenors as needed
  • Deaf friends and other Deaf people living in the same “home”
  • Deaf visitors and Deaf volunteers
  • staff and volunteers trained in hospice/palliative care
  • some Deaf staff, some hearing staff who use ASL
  • families and friends of residents living nearby

The “home” will be adapted to meet the needs of the Deaf and Deaf/blind, for example:

  • Televisions with closed captioning
  • Round tables in dining room
  • Visual fire alarms and doorbells
  • TTYs, webcams
  • Signage in Braille and ASL
  • Proper lighting for communication
  • Colours and patterns which are Deaf/blind friendly


Agreement that culturally specific services are a viable option in eastern Ontario.

To meet with:

  • the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
  • the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)
  • LTC facilities
  • government officials

Funding for:

  • advocacy work
  • a needs survey
  • sign language interpreting services and intervening services to enable Deaf, Deaf/blind and hearing parties (e.g. officials, professionals, etc) to communicate and discuss this project
  • an awareness campaign including press coverage


  • Appropriate services for the culturally Deaf and Deaf/blind
  • Accessibility for hard of hearing, oral deaf, late deafened seniors
  • Partnerships with LTC providers, CCAC, doctors, other professionals and service providers in the field of geriatrics
  • Increased volunteer opportunities for Deaf people
  • Job opportunities for Deaf people as personal support workers
  • Culturally appropriate palliative care
  • Services for Deaf people who are not seniors but require long term care due to life threatening illnesses, long standing disabilities (other
  • than deafness) and chronic illnesses such as MS or ALS
  • Families and friends are closer allowing for “continuity of community” and cost savings
  • Reduced emotional, psychological and spiritual distress for seniors and their families because the seniors are nearby
  1. Northwood in Halifax
  2. Le Manoir Cartierville in Montreal
  3. Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf in Barrie
  4. Pembina Place in Winnipeg
  5. Shepherd’s Care Kensington in Edmonton


For information and to offer support for this project, please contact:

  • TTY: Elaine Campbell 613-729-1612 or
  • TTY: Susan McKinley 613-224-1308 or
  • PHONE: Christine Wilson 613-864-7040
  • EMAIL: dons_dream_for_deaf_ltc@yahoo.ca