CHIP holds its first meetings at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, developing a charter and bylaws, electing an executive board, and securing their first operating grant.
Our CHIP 40th Anniversary
Hear Entendre Québec was founded in 1979. It all started when Alvin Goldman and several other clients from the Audiology department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital received a letter from their audiologist, Dale Bonnycastle, inviting them to discuss the possibility of forming a self-help group for hard-of-hearing persons. Dale Bonnycastle an audiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, felt that the services offered to hearing impaired people were lacking, that administering hearing tests alone was clearly not enough, and the psychosocial aspects of hearing loss were not properly addressed.
With assistance and input from Joan Westland, the executive director of the Association of Hearing Impaired Adults, and Marilyn French St. George, audiologist and teacher at the McGill University School of Human Communication Disorders, a plan was put together to form a group for adults with acquired hearing loss that would focus on self help, sharing difficulties and finding constructive solutions.
It was with these issues in mind that 14 people gathered for a first meeting in mid-October 1979, ready to devote their time and energy to the English-speaking hard-of-hearing community. Dale Bonnycastle, Alvin Goldman, Ed Plover and Lily Bernstein were the first active members who formed Hear Entendre Québec’s team. They quickly devised numerous ideas and plans, including programs and workshops, as well as the much-appreciated biannual magazine, The Communicaider.
The first program, named “Aural Rehabilitation,” later developed into the HEAR program. It included workshops on topics such as the anatomy of the ear, communication strategies, phonetics and acoustics (later known as the very popular Speechreading workshop), emotional issues related to hearing loss, hearing aids and devices (later known as the ALD program), and coping with stress. These topics and concerns still remain vital to Hear Entendre Québec today.
The Communicaider, CHIP’s first magazine, begins publication. Outreach program begins.
CHIP moves to the Mackay Center, 4500 Blvd. Decarie. Members attend the first Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in Toronto.
CHIP Social Club begins showing captioned movies.
Start of the Lily Bernstein Resource Centre and HEAR (Hearing Education for Aural Rehabilitation) program.
First Hearing Awareness Day and beginning of Young Adult Program.
Lise Thibault, Quebec’s Lieutenant Governor, addresses members for CHIP’s
Hear Entendre Québec moves again, this time to 7000 Sherbrooke St. West.
Speechreading satellite program begins in the West Island. First paid Executive Director is hired.
Hear Québec celebrates its 35th anniversary.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) prevention program begins.
A name change to Hear Entendre Québec as of September 1st