Teresa Kazemir

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

BC Hands & Voices is a parent-driven organization that serves families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing (DHH.) It’s thanks to Teresa’s unwavering and inspired leadership that BC Hands & Voices has been able to support hundreds of families, providing them access to networks, resources, information and community. Teresa’s philosophy of ‘we can’t do everything, but we can do something’ helped to grow BC Hands & Voices into the sustainable, strong organization it is today. As an advocate, volunteer and leader, Teresa’s efforts mean that families across BC have consistent access to parent-to-parent support. Known for her patience, her valiant work ethic and her infectious enthusiasm, Teresa is a much loved figure in the DHH community.



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My work with BC Hands & Voices has always been part of a team effort, so I share this recognition with other BC H&V board members and volunteers, past and present. I hope our organization continues its work supporting families of deaf and hard of hearing children for many years to come, as I strongly believe that families will make the best decisions for their children if they have access to good information and support.