Whereas, Deaf-Blindness is a unique information-gathering disability that incorporates the dual sensory loss of both sight and hearing. Individuals who are Deaf-Blind can live full, meaningful lives as independently as possible with the right supports in place, such as Intervenor Services; and
Whereas, the National Deaf-Blind Awareness Working Group is led by groups and organizations in Manitoba and across Canada that support individuals who are Deaf-Blind to increase their independence and improve their quality of life through specialized services; and
Whereas, the National Deaf-Blind Awareness Working Group encourages the promotion of Deaf-Blindness and National Deaf-Blind Awareness Month, including flag raisings and lighting up of local landmarks in communities across Canada; and
Whereas, June is the birth month of Helen Keller, a person who was Deaf-Blind, known around the world for her perseverance and achievements and as inspiration to the Deaf-Blind community; and
Whereas, June should be designated as Deaf-Blind Awareness Month to recognize and celebrate the contributions that individuals who are Deaf-Blind make in their communities throughout Manitoba with the support of Intervenors who serve as a bridge to communication for individuals who are Deaf-Blind;
Now Therefore, I, Larry Johannson, Mayor of the City of Selkirk, do hereby proclaim the
Month of June 2022 as:
“DEAF-BLIND AWARENESS MONTH”
in the City of Selkirk, and I call upon all citizens and civic organizations to acquaint themselves with all aspects, issues and challenges involved with being a deaf-blind person in today’s society.
Given under my hand and Seal of the City of Selkirk this 12th day of April, 2022.