Imagine Canada Standards Accreditation Achieved

- Press Release

Canadian Hard of Hearing Association- Newfoundland & Labrador (CHHA-NL)
Achieves Accreditation from Imagine Canada’s Standards Program

 May 28, 2014 – The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) today announces that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s (national Standards Program. With this achievement, we join a growing community of more than 100 organizations dedicated to operational excellence. Additional information about the Standards Program is available at

 The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“This is a considerable achievement for these organizations, one they can be extremely proud of,” says Cathy Barr, Acting President and CEO of Imagine Canada. “Strong organizations with strong practices lead to stronger public confidence in the charitable and non-profit sector as a whole. We recognize all accredited organizations for their leadership in this area.”

 CHHA-NL Acting President, Art Norris, says that, “the achieving of this accreditation is a significant milestone for the association which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2014. Being granted this accreditation and permission to use the Imagine Canada Trustmark is the culmination of a lot of time and effort by staff and volunteers and we are extremely pleased to be among the first 100 organizations in Canada and the first in NL to achieve this honour.”

 Builds public confidence

Among the Standards Program’s goals are to increase an organization’s transparency and capacity, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the charitable sector as a whole.

Transparent, peer-review process

Our policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.

Leon Mills, Executive Director for the association, says that, “this accreditation recognition marks 30 years of evolution for CHHA-NL that saw it grow from a small group of volunteers, led by Founding President, Dr. Norah Browne (deceased), to what is now a large charity that has nine staff, many volunteers, resource groups, and a large number of programs and services that are free of charge to people with hearing loss, their families, friends and others.”

Terry Martin, Director of Fund Development adds, “we believe this accreditation will help the association to raise its profile across the province, and to be recognized as an association that people can have trust in when they make a donation. It is our hope that it will also create more opportunities for partnerships, and help to attract more donations and corporate sponsorships to help CHHA-NL continue to grow and serve those with hearing loss in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

CHHA-NLis a charitable agency and self-help organization that provides a variety of programs and services for hard of hearing and late-deafened consumers across the province of NL, whose primary operations and provincial offices are located in Mount Pearl, NL. CHHA-NL began as the Newfoundland Hearing Association (NHA) in 1984, and later became the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland Chapter (CHHA-NC), when it joined the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association in 1994. The name was finally changed to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-Newfoundland and Labrador (CHHA-NL) in 2004 to reflect the official name change for the province.

For further information:

To obtain further information or to request media interviews, please contact:

Art Norris, Acting President
55 Bannister Street
Mount Pearl, NL  A1N 1V7
Phone: (709) 728-6573

Leon Mills, Executive Director
1081 Topsail Road Mount Pearl, NL
A1N 5G1
Phone: (709) 753-3224
Cell: (709) 689-8239

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CHHA-NL Press Release – Imagine Canada Standards Accreditation Received – May 28 2014

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