Rotary Club of Vancouver Hearing Foundation Donation

Janet Weil, Executive Director of Children's Hearing and Speech Centre, thanks the Rotary Club of Vancouver for their donation of $25,000 in support of the Centre's Language Acceleration Program.  This program teaches deaf and hard of hearing children how to listen and how to speak.

LAP is one of 7 core programs and 4 services that the Centre provides to deaf and hard of hearing children. Visit their web site at

The Foundation also donated $24,000 to the UBC Clinical Speech Technology Lab to further enhance the training programs for audiologists and speech therapists.  This was an extension to the Rotary Club of Vancouver's legacy grant in 2013.


RHF Hearing Foundation makes major gift for hearing clinic renovation at St. Paul’s Hospital

The RHF Hearing Foundation has donated $250,000 towards a $500,000 campaign to help St. Paul’s Hospital’s Rotary Hearing Clinic expand and improve services for ear and hearing patients from throughout British Columbia.

“The RHF Hearing Foundation is proud to announce this gift to St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Rotary Club of Vancouver’s 100th Anniversary celebrations,” said Mary Laing, president of the Rotary Club of Vancouver. “With this gift, the RHF Hearing Foundation has now donated more than $700,000 since 1998 to support patients across the province at the St. Paul’s Rotary Hearing Clinic.”

The RHF Hearing Foundation’s most recent gift will go towards purchasing an audiology booth and renovating St. Paul’s Rotary Hearing Clinic. The $500,000 project also includes the purchase of innovative ear surgery equipment for the operating room and support research, education and innovation in ear and hearing.

“On behalf of the patients we serve throughout the province, I’d like to thank the RHF Hearing Foundation for its long history of support to St. Paul’s Rotary Hearing Clinic,” says Dr. Brian Westerberg, head of St. Paul’s Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. “Once this project is complete, we will be able to provide timelier and more efficient and effective care for people with ear and hearing-related disorders.”

If you would like to make a gift to this campaign to support patients at St. Paul’s Rotary Hearing Clinic, please visit

Rotary Club of Vancouver's RHF Hearing Foundation has donated $132,700 to the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences to equip their Clinical Speech Lab making it the premier teaching lab in Canada.  The School trains Audiologists and Speech Therapists in a 2 year program.  The Therapists work primarily with children suffering from hearing loss and those who have newly acquired a cochlear implant.  Receiving the donation from Jack Zaleski, President RHF Foundation (left) are Valter Ciocca, Director of the School and Stephanie Huehn, Associate Director of Development, Faculty of Medicine.



Janelle Milne received her new Cochlear Implant controller on November 1st 2011 and for the first time she is able to hear on the telephone when her Dad calls her.

As her mother Natalie says "Janelle heard her Dad on the phone this afternoon for the very first time in her life!!  her old implant did not work with the telephone. A million thanks. It will give her a lot more independence being able to use a phone. I am sure as the days go by we will have lots of "hearing" stories to tell."

Thanks to the many Riders who donated on her behalf and to the RHF Foundation for providing the funds she needed to purchase this replacement for her failed controller.  Janelle is the "poster child" for our annual Bike A Thon which raised money for the deaf and hard of hearing in BC.  When Janelle was 5, she received her Cochlear Implant and was featured on a CTV broadcast on the day her implant was first turned on. None of us has ever forgotten the look of astonishment on her face when she heard her first sounds.

audiology(from left to right)Jack Zaleski, President Rotary Hearing Foundation, Dr. Marianne McCormick, Registered Audiologist, Clinical Supervisor for Vancouver Community Audiology Centre, Mary Laing, President Elect , Rotary Club of Vancouver

Rotary Club of Vancouver has provided funds to the Vancouver Community Audiology Centre in the amount of $3942.40 for the purchase of an audiometer for outreach hearing testing for frail elderly patients in private home and residential care settings. When not in use for outreach hearing tests, the audiometer will also be used by Vancouver Community Speech Language Pathologists to screen hearing of preschoolers with speech-language delay. 
Read full Press Release here.

The Vancouver Community Audiology Centre provides audiology services to residents of Vancouver between the age of 0-19 years old and dependant adults who receive professional caregiver support for activities of daily living

In addition, in 2011 the RHF Hearing Foundation has granted:
$5,000 to Power to be Adventure Therapy Society for their adventure program for children who are hard of hearing
$10,000 to the Children's Hearing and Speech Centre for their "First Words" Program for babies from birth to 3 years of age who are diagnosed with hearing loss.
$11, 655 to the UBS School of Audiology and Speech Sciences for a GSI Clinical Audiometer for hearing testing.

$25,000 to the BC Children's Hospital for a new KTP Laser used in ear surgery.