International Week of the Deaf 2017


September 18 to 24, 2017

Toronto and the GTA


The Toronto Association of the Deaf will be hosting the Launch on Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Deaf Culture Centre at 15 Mill Street, Toronto, from 6PM to 10PM. Come and celebrate the Launch of the International Week of the Deaf! 




International Week of the Deaf is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and it was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. Since then, it is celebrated annually by the global deaf community. The International Week of the Deaf is held on the last week of September, the same month first World Congress of the WFD was held.
International Week of the Deaf is commemorated through various activities (marches, debates, campaigns, exhibitions and meetings), and call for the participation and involvement of stakeholders (families, peers, governmental bodies, professional sign language interpreters, Disabled People’s Organisations).


International Week of the Deaf is the only week in a year that sees highly concerted global advocacy to raise awareness about the deaf community at individual, community and governmental level. It is about gathering together, becoming united, and showing that unity to the rest of the world.
International Week of the Deaf strives to promote the rights of deaf people and highlight specific human rights topics that merit attention.
International Week of the Deaf is aimed to spread message as widely as possible by ensuring that the campaign(s) will be noticed and the message will also pass to wider society through sufficient media coverage.

source: World Federation of the Deaf

Printable black and white PDF schedule of IWD 2017 – Toronto: IWD_V4_BW

Posters of different events during the week by the organizations working together to bring IWD 2017 to Toronto and the GTA!


English transcript as follows:
Hello!  Wow!  TAD has been around for the last 80 years! The number of Deaf people in the GTA has grown over the years with so many memories created at many different events.  You know what TAD does annually?  Yes, the Grand Ball!  Time is fast approaching! It is on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 6PM to 1AM at Montecassino Hotel and Venue Centre. There is a buffet dinner with delicious menu items.   If there are any dietary limitations, please contact  There will be an Open Bar with liquor, wine, beer and other drinks for your drinking pleasure.  Please do not drink and drive.  There are hotel rooms available upstairs for you to book.   Dance starts at 9pm. There will be 50/5- draws, door prizes and silent auction.   Tickets are available at members $90, non-members $110.  Dance after 9pm: Members $50 and non-members $70.
Party! Dance! Win some prizes!   Come one, come all!  See you there!

80th Anniversary Grand Ball!


Toronto Association of the Deaf
80th Anniversary Grand Ball
Saturday, September 23, 2017
6PM to 1AM
Ticket prices:
Members – $90
Non-members – $110
Dance after 9PM:
Members – $50
Non-members – $70
Deadline: September 17, 2017
Montecassino Hotel & Venue Centre
3710 Chesswood Dr, North York, ON M3J 2W4
Buffet dinner menu:
Chicken in Mushroom Sauce
Roast Beef in gravy
Potatoes & vegetables
Assorted French pastries
Dietary restrictions: please contact Sarah Stadnicki at

Hotel reservation code: TAD80 (guaranteed until Aug 23) 

Special rates:

  • Executive room with 2 double beds $115.00 plus HST/ night
  • Queen Suite ( includes living space & kitchenette) $124.00 plus HST/night
    **This includes a complimentary continental breakfast, WIFI and parking.

Contact: Sarah Stadnicki at 

TAD’s 80Th Birthday

Hello everybody! Guess whose’s birthday it is?! Yes, you got it right! It is Toronto Association of the Deaf (TAD)’s 80th birthday this year! The board of Toronto Association of the Deaf invites everybody to join in on the celebrations on Sunday March 26th from 1 pm to 4 pm at BRCD Sunroom (Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, 2395 Bayview Avenue).
Come and share eighty years of memories with us.
Come and relive memories through the picture slideshow!
Come and take pictures to create some new memories!
Come and have some birthday cake and light refreshments.
Members of TAD and non-members all are welcome.
Want to become a new member? It is only $12 per year.
Spread the word #DeafToronto80 to celebrate!
See you there!!!
 *hands waving*


Introducing the 2017 TAD Board of Directors

  • Steve Burrows, President 
  • David Hamen, Vice-President
  • Susan DaDalt, Secretary
  • Sarah Stadnicki, Treasurer
  • Trisha Small, Membership Director
  • Sage Lovell, Social Director
  • Vito Tulipano, Sports Director
  • Dean Rousseau, Director at Large
  • Robert Denny, Director at Large


From top to Bottom, Dean Rousseau, David Hamen, Steve Burrows, Vito Tulipano, Robert Denny,  Sarah Stadnicki, Sage Lovell, Susan DaDalt and Trisha Small.

Photo credit: Mark Noble

NOTICE: Special Membership Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special general meeting of Toronto Association of the Deaf (TAD) will be held on Sunday January 29, 2017, at 1 PM at:
    The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf
    Sun Room
    2395 Bayview Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario

The purpose of this special meeting is to elect a new slate of Board of Directors for TAD. Please note that TAD needs to elect, at least, seven new board members to continue its existence.

All board positions are up for election including, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, Social Director, Sports Directors and two Members at Large.  

The official meeting notice and nomination forms were mailed to all members in good standing on December 22, 2016.

TAD must have at least 21 paid members present to proceed with this special meeting. The outgoing Board would appreciate your help by attendance to this meeting and elect your new Board Members for 2017.


  • 2016 memberships expire on December 31, 2016 and membership right cannot be carried forward unless you renew your membership in 2017.
  • So, if you have not renewed your membership for 2017, you can do this by paying $12.00 at the door. 
  • As per TAD Bylaws, you will not be able to run for office or vote in the election if you have not paid 2017 membership dues.  
  • This does not apply to individual who have Lifetime Memberships. 

Gordon Ryall
Secretary Toronto Association of the Deaf
65 Shuter Street, Suite #55
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1B2