Dear TDHHs,

Over the past year and a bit, CAEDHH-BC has been working hard to advocate for the critical shortage of and working conditions of TDHHs in BC. A Recruitment and Retention Advocacy Group was struck in 2017 and has orchestrated meetings with all the key stakeholders in Deaf Education (Burnaby School District, BCSD, POPDHH, UBC Deaf Education Program, the Ministry of Education and the BCTF). Through these collaborations, the critical shortage and working condition concerns have been acknowledged and identified. The CAEDHH-BC Advocacy Group has posted a TDHH Pamphlet which outlines the role of the TDHH, as well as a Recommendations document. You will also find two documents that have been created by the BCTF following our collaboration with them. Our work is only beginning and we need all of your help!

Please go to CAEDHH-BC Recruitment and Retention page for documents to submit to your administrators and local teacher unions, or access them here:
Cover letters for TDHHs to pass along to administrators and local teacher unions:
• Itinerant TDHH_ Letter for District Inclusion Admin + Teachers’ Union
• Letter for TDHHs to send to Inclusion Admin + Teachers’ Union
Attachments to your cover letter:
• CAEDHH-BC TDHH Pamphlet
• Recommendations for BCTF Retention and Recruitment of TDHH’s document
• Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in BC Public Schools (FINAL)
• ToDHH Summary

This is a bargaining year and we need your help to advocate for our profession. Please download one version of the cover letter and revise it to suit your district. Please send off your letter along with the supporting four documents to BOTH your district’s Administrator responsible for inclusion AND to your district’s teachers’ union bargaining committee. Even better, print them all and go see them face to face!

If you haven’t already, please consider joining the Canadian Association of Educators of Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. CAEDHH-BC is working hard to advocate for our group.

We are stronger together.

Sincerely,

The CAEDHH-BC Recruitment and Retention Working Group,
Rhena Tevendale, Fiona Young, and Angela Wallenius