Mentor — Joy


“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” –Mario Andretti

Hello, my name is Joy.

I am a deaf/hard of hearing individual. In my childhood and high school years, I wore hearing aids and later received a cochlear implant as an young adult. I continue to wear a hearing aid and cochlear implant. In my earlier years, I was often the only deaf individual isolated from all the others, it was only the few, rare, events that I got to meet other Deaf and Hard of Hearing people like myself. It was through these events that I ever felt like I wasn’t truly alone in my experience. Growing up, I’ve received lots of support and through this online mentoring program, I hope to support others in sharing the experiences in my journey.

To provide you with some background, I work as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing.
I first received my Bachelor of Art degree in general psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, and then completed my Bachelor of Education degree in teacher training program at University of British Columbia (UBC). In recent years, I finished my Master of Education in Deaf and Hard of Hearing program through UBC. I also took a 10-month American Sign Language and Deaf Studies program at Vancouver Community College to learn more about Deaf culture and community, and to improve my signing skills.

Currently, I am actively involved in various non-profit and volunteer organizations while providing support to many deaf/hard of hearing individuals ranging in ages from early elementary to young adults.

If you are interested in contacting this person, please fill in your email below and submit a request for mentoring