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Community Advisory Group

The Community Advisory Group is a committee established by Provincial Language Services.

This endeavour is an example of community engagement that is meaningful, ongoing and inclusive of the diversity of the Deaf community. Being compassionate is at the core of what drives this engagement process. The desire to achieve equitable access to care for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing patients is, in essence, compassion and an underpinning of the Community Advisory Group and the overall engagement process.

Sign language icon Community Advisory Group Announcement: Nov 19, 2019

Updated: Community Advisory Group Announcement: Jan 20, 2023


This is the 2nd term community advisory group established by Provincial Language Services. We look forward to working closely with members of the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing community advisory group to improve equitable access to health care services for Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing patients across British Columbia.

Currently, our Community Advisory Group members are:

  • Craig MacLean (Deaf-Blind)
  • Dan Braun (Deaf, Lower Mainland)
  • Leanor Vlug (Deaf and Senior Citizen)
  •         Monika Lane (Deaf, Vancouver Island)
  •         Vinu Chetipurackal  (Deaf and IBPOC)
  •         Brayden Walterhouse (Deaf-Plus and Youth)
  •         Darwyn Lulua Haller (Indigenous and Deaf)
  •         Kirsten Ward (Deaf and Northern)
  •        Jessica Niemela (Hard of Hearing, Interior)
Community Advisory Group members are not representatives of specific groups or areas, but rather, as members of different groups or regions, they offer their perspectives, world views and experiences.

Join the Community Advisory Group

If there is a vacancy, and you are interested in becoming a Community Advisory Group member, please review the criteria.

Primary criteria: 

  • Geographic representation of members from :

    • Greater Vancouver

    • Interior

    • Vancouver Island

    • Northern B.C.

  • Cultural and linguistic minority - members who are: 

    • Deaf

    • Deaf-Blind 

    • Hard of Hearing

Secondary criteria:

  • Diversity of representatives related to the following categories:

    • Age

    • Indigenous ancestry

    • Gender identity

    • Urban/non-urban representation

    • Immigrants/refugees

    • Deaf-plus representation


If you are interested in joining the Community Advisory Group, please contact Provincial Language Services at
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