Rotary Club of Vancouver Press Release

(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.
Back Ground Information:
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.

Vancouver Community Audiology Program is committed to excellence in hearing health care .Through the special knowledge and skills of their team members, their leadership mission is to:
·      Work with their patients and families as they meet the challenges of hearing disability and seek fulfillment in their lives.
·      Reduce the impact of hearing loss through population-based prevention, early detection and intervention programs.
·      Share and enhance their knowledge through education and research.

Our services for Dependent Adults are unique in the province of BC and arose from a grant-funded pilot project in 1993 studying the hearing health care needs of frail elderly people in residential care.  Since that time, our services have grown to reach out to any adults in Vancouver who rely on professional caregiver support for daily living.  We provide hearing assessments and hearing equipment support to this population primarily through an outreach model and we know that our services help many vulnerable people retain communicative function and crucial social contact with family, friends and caregivers.  
We would like to express our immense thanks to Vancouver Rotary Club for this new equipment. Hearing is our social sense that links us to others and to our broader community and culture.  Rotary’s ethos of Service Above Self is well demonstrated in your Club’s outstanding commitment to hearing health care initiatives that enhance the social, educational and vocational opportunities of many people locally and internationally.

The Rotary Club of Vancouver is a service club dedicated to improving the lives of others both in our community and around the world. Established in 1913 as the 1st club in British Columbia and the 2nd in Canada, our Club has a long history of service. Projects like the annual Bike-A-Thon in support of the Rotary Hearing Foundation and the Rotary World Help Network of which we are a founding member, have seen the establishment of the Rotary Hearing Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital, the Rotary Hearing Center at the University of British Columbia and the shipment of 100s of containers full of medical equipment and computers to third-world countries.

Our Club meets every Tuesday at 12 Noon at the Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street. Meetings end promptly at 1:30 p.m.

Rotary International, the first volunteer service organization, was founded in 1905. RI includes 1.2 million Rotarians undertaking humanitarian efforts through their 34,000 clubs. Rotary clubs operate in more than 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe.

For More information:

Please contact
Peter Clarke, V.P. Rotary Club of Vancouver
Marianne McCormick, MSc AuD
Registered Audiologist
Clinical Supervisor
Vancouver Community Audiology Centre
3rd Floor - 999 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 1K5
Telephone: 604-659-1117
Fax:  604-659-1109