Board of Directors Newsletter – December 2018

Edition 3 | 2018-2019

Board of Directors Updates

Board of Directors Members in front of
the Olympic Stadium (December 2018)

CDSA’s Board of Directors got together in Montreal on December 8-9 with the Winter Deaflympics in mind, one year before the Games take place in Italy. Several important topics were discussed, including:

  • National Team creation and planning for sports disciplines such as Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Ski & Snowboard. Invitations will be sent out to athletes to attend their respective selection camps in the new year;
  • Preliminary budget planning to send national teams to competitions outside of Canada for the financial year 2019-2020;
  • The hiring of a consulting firm to develop a communication plan. The selected firm, Wink Stratégies, will work on two (2) specific mandates: diagnosis analysis of CDSA’s current communication tools and the development of a 3-year communication plan.
  • The historical 4-year partnership agreement with MCC-CCTC to implement a Deaf Canadian Curling Program. This program also includes free access to the Cargill Curling Training Centre as well as to their equipment. For further information, click here.


From left to right: Mark Kusiak, CDSA President; Kayle Miller;
Ross Lavallee; Shawn Demianyk; Alain Turpin, CDSA Executive Director;
Chris Hamblin, Olympic Curling Coach, NCCP Level 4.

National Teams

National Teams Preparation for Upcoming Competitions:

  • 75th American Basketball Championship, April 11-14, 2019, Indianapolis, Indiana (United States)
  • 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships, August 3-12, 2019, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 5th World Deaf Swimming Championships, August 25-31, 2019, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2nd World Deaf Tennis Championships, September 2019, Slovenia (Date to be confirmed)
  • PanAmerican Qualifications for Women’s Volleyball, November 2019, Brazil (Date to be confirmed)
  • 19th Winter Deaflympics, December 12-21, 2019, Valtellina – Valchiavenna, Italy

Ice Hockey | Curling | Snowboard | Ski | Cross Country | Chess


Jim Kyte was inducted into the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons’ Hall of Fame on October 19th, 2018. It was at this induction ceremony that the great hockey player made a generous donation of $2,500 to CDSA.

Jim Kyte

Winnipeg’s Canada Deaf Games 2018 host committee just concluded their administrative activities and donated a part of their profits to CDSA in the amount of $2,500.

These two donations will be allocated to Team Canada’s travel expenses to the Winter Deaflympics, which will take place on December 12-21, 2019, in Italy. We couldn’t ask for a more generous gesture from them, especially this being so close to the holidays. Thank you!

On behalf of CDSA, we wish you happy holidays and that the year 2019 has more great surprises in store!

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