Join us this summer for Summercamp 2021, taking place virtually from August 12-14, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST).
Headlining this years event is ABC’s hit reality show- The Bachelor Season 25 star Abigail Heringer. Closing the event will be Just For Laughs regular and Juno nominated comedian D.J. Demers.
Our three-day, fully accessible, and interactive online event will offer a variety of opportunities for hard of hearing young adults to Share, Inspire and Interact through both social and educational activities – aimed towards breaking down barriers by exchanging knowledge and experiences with their peers from coast to coast and internationally.
Each day of the event Abigail will share with us her experience with hearing loss and how she made history as the first deaf contestant to ever appear on the franchise television show. She will talk about her journey with cochlear implants and the importance of being confident about what makes you different and owning it.
On August 14, we could not think of a better way to close the Summercamp than by being entertained by D.J. Demers. As seen on America’s Got Talent, Conan and his one-hour specials on Amazon Prime and Crave, D.J. is raising the standard of accessible comedy and shattering the stigma and increasing the awareness about hearing loss through the power of laughter and a growing legion of fans around the world.
With content ranging from advocacy and accessibility awareness to learning about Canada’s indigenous culture, we hope to bring a part of Canada to our young 18-35 adult audience virtually and continue to strengthen the hard of hearing community through interactive and engaging activities.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were unable to host Summercamp 2020, scheduled to take place in Calgary, AB. Summercamp 2021 has moved to a virtual venue to ensure that attendees and presenters can participate safely!
Moderator : Abby Stonehouse
Abby Stonehouse (@abbypstone_mtl) is a stand-up comedian/writer/producer. Her storytelling comedy style juxtaposes her hopeful and honest approach to life with the horrific nitty-gritty of reality. Abby made her OFF-JFL/Zoofest debut in the summer of 2018. In May 2019 she performed and co-produced Montreal’s first fully accessible comedy show; Comedy for a Cause: Accessibility for All. Having hearing loss herself, a show like this is near and dear to her heart. She is also the creator and producer of the Montreal comedy shows GET FXCKED (@getfxckedshow) and Lawn Laughs.
Keynote Speaker: J'net Ayayqwayaksheelth
J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, B.A., M.A. (One who gives away and still stands tall) is the Indigenous Outreach and Learning Coordinator. As part of the Learning Department, J’net leads the development and implementation of relevant Indigenous content and perspectives in School Visits and community outreach programs to advance awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Indigenous cultures and heritage in both historical and contemporary contexts. J’net also developed an Indigenous Advisory Circle of knowledge keepers, elders, youth and artists to assist ROM with the authentic representation of Indigenous peoples in educational programming, youth programs, and expand our outreach throughout the province.
Registration is now open for the 2021 Virtual Summercamp. Information on how to register is below.
Registration Fee: $150
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Young adults aged 18 – 35 with varying degrees of hearing loss.
- All prices are in Canadian dollars
- Event registration includes access to all sessions and social activities
The Young Adults Network (YAN) is a non-profit network of young adults aged 18-35 with varying degrees of hearing loss that strives to educate communities about hearing loss, to provide resources and support to young adults with hearing loss so they can become productive members of society, and to foster connections and active leadership amongst our membership