The Growing Connection – Garden Speaker Series

Exciting garden-themed talks presented by Janet Melrose, “Calgary’s Cottage Gardener”.

Jointly sponsored by the Silver Springs Edible Garden Group and The Botanical Gardens of Silver Springs.

Learn Skills to Create a More Balanced Family Environment

Nurturing relationships can change everything. This program is designed to help parents and children aged 7-13 years learn skills for a more nurturing way of life, with staff engaging with families in their homes and in community spaces identified by the family.

Parenting & Child Group

This 7-week group program will support parents and children ages 6-11 learn skills for a more nurturing way of life through interactive activities.

Mentoring: Friendly Support to Help Manage Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions facing Canadians and affects all age groups.  The 2013 Stats Canada numbers show 7% of people aged 19-39, 16% of people aged 40-59 and 47% of people aged 60-79 experience some form of hearing loss.  Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual and sometimes we may not know we are experiencing a hearing loss.  There are many causes ranging from excess noise, illness, aging, genetic factors and pharmaceuticals.

Some signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty with conversations in noisy environments
  • Being able to hear people’s voices but not understand the words spoken
  • Needing the TV louder than the rest of your family
  • Trouble hearing from a distance or another room
  • Trouble understanding women’s and children’s voices
  • Experiencing dizziness, pain, ringing or buzzing in the ears – even if it goes away

If you are experiencing any or some of these symptoms, it is important to discuss this with your doctor to see if you need a hearing test.

On average, it can take up to 7 years for someone to acknowledge and act on hearing loss.  There are many factors which impact why a person may or may not acknowledge this be it lack of awareness, feelings of embarrassment, shame or denial.  The latest research suggests that the longer a hearing loss goes unmanaged the harder it is to learn to manage the change.

An important factor is the change that happens in our brains.  Brains are relatively ‘plastic’ and as our hearing decreases important brain functions don’t get exercised and we lose them.  Use or lose it.  The good news is we can retrain our brain.

Also, those with untreated hearing loss are more likely to report depression, anxiety and are less likely to participate in organized social activities.  However, hearing loss does not need to mean living less.  There are supports out there.

Mentoring programs are one type of support that can alleviate the social impact of hearing loss.  People with shared lived experiences are matched together and work on building skills and strategies to help manage day to day challenges.  This is commonly known as mentoring.  Programs like these have an impact as it has been shown that participants experience significant improvement of quality of life.  No one has to go it alone.

Peer-to-Hear at Deaf & Hear Alberta provides this support.  Our program matches adults dealing with hearing loss with someone who has walked a similar path and now wants to offer support.  Learning to manage hearing loss can be a challenging journey.  Sometimes all it takes is some friendly support from someone who understands and has had similar experiences.  Hearing loss does not need to be a barrier to fully participating in one’s community.

For more information about peer mentoring for those living with hearing loss, please contact Deaf & Hear Alberta 403-284-6200 or info@deafandhearalberta.ca

Written by: Kylie Bradbury, Peer Mentoring Coordinator at Deaf & Hear Alberta

Make a difference in the life of a family…

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Consider the Home-Start program.

Social Committee Volunteers Needed!

Interested in getting involved? Volunteer to enhance your community and join our Social Committee!

Pick your event and commitment and email social@cambrianheightscommunity.com

Kindergarten 2017-2018

Hello to all potential Cambrian Heights School, Kindergarten Parents

On Monday, January 9th Cambrian Heights School opens its registration for Kindergarten.

Welcome to Cambrian Heights! ……Our school is a vibrant, engaging environment with a committed focus on foundational learnings, inquiry-based exploring and “failing forward” for all our students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

On Monday, January 9th Cambrian Heights School opens its registration for Kindergarten. 

We provide a Reggio-based Kindergarten program which involves an emphasis on play-based-learning and helps to cultivate children’s curiosity, wonder and imagination.

Literary and Numeracy are our foundational focus and we help students to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills around learning about our world.

We are excited to welcome you and your child into our Cambrian Heights School community and encourage you to contact our front office to book a personalized tour at 403-777-6150 in the New Year 2017.

 

Scott Jeffrey, Principal

Cambrian Heights School

640 Northmount Dr. N.W.

Calgary, T2K 3J5

 

 

Bottle Drive & Charity BBQ

Deaf & Hear Alberta is having a Bottle Drive & Charity BBQ on Saturday September 17, 2016.

Drop off your cans, bottles, juice boxes and milk cartons and join them for a charity BBQ!

Location:

Deaf & Hear Alberta
63 Cornell Road NW

or call to pick up your bottles September 6-16 at 403-284-6200

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Home-Start Needs Your Help!

Home-Start is a unique program in that it is facilitated by caring, committed volunteers with parenting experience and a heart for families with young children. Volunteers offer friendship and practical support to a family for 2-4 hours per week.  The relationships built and support offered make a huge difference in strengthening families!  

We are looking for special people in your community!

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Successful Community Cleanup

The Community Cleanup Program led by Calgary Community Standards (formerly Animal & Bylaw Services) would like to thank the Community Association,  volunteers and the residents for a job well done at the Community Cleanup this year.

Thank you for your community spirit and hope to see you again next year!

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