About Us

The DWC Committee was formed in June 2015 under the leadership of Lisa Anderson-Kellett after she learned of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people expressing their frustrations and concerns about the current state of the wireless issues in Canada through the social media.  The Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD-ASC) Board approved the committee’s proposal to become an ad-hoc committee under their organization; at the July 2015 Annual General Meeting, Lisa became an elected CAD-ASC Director-at-Large with the focus on Wireless Issues.

Today, the DWC Committee is comprised of 22 members plus two ex-officio members.  22 members are from 7 different provinces!  The two ex-officio officers are Frank Folino, the CAD-ASC  President, and Jim Roots, the CAD-ASC Executive Director.  Their invaluable roles are to assist with policies and historical information, and to provide advices.

How do 22 members contribute?  They are a part of 7 Teams; each Team has specific purpose with various tasks.  Executive Team, Finance Team, Survey Team, Distribution Team,  Public Relations Team, Translation Team, and the CRTC Submission Writing Team make up the DWC Committee.

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Biographies of Committee Members

Lisa Anderson-Kellett, Chair-Consultant

Lisa is best known for her seven-year advocacy work with the BC Video Relay Services Committee (BCVRS.ca).   She formed this DWCC committee after learning of several Canadian Deaf community members having common concerns with their wireless service providers. Being passionate with telecommunications accessibility issues, Lisa is honoured to work with such a diverse and energetic group of Canadians in the committee to make a difference. She joined the CAD-ASC Board of Directors as the Director-at-Large Wireless to liaise with the committee. For sixteen years in her last day job, she overaw website content managenent and digital video productions with a focus on mental health and community education . Lisa loves digital photography, travelling, and video editing.  She also enjoy tech toys and the company of her beloved Paddy, a Deaf Jack Russell Terrier.

Eileen Edinger, Vice Chair-Consultant

Eileen joins the Deaf Wireless Canada Committee as a member of the CRTC Writing team with a strong focus on 911 services; she is also involved with the Survey Team. Her current job is Special Education Assistant. Advocacy is her passion that Eileen had been involved in some Deaf organizations for more than 10 years. The most notable Deaf organization is the Family Network of Deaf Children (FNDC) in BC. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing, hiking, caring for her three cats, and keeping up with her two grown daughters.

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Nicole Marsh, Secretary/Social Media Consultant

Nicole is a member of the Survey and Public Relations Teams. She currently works as a Social Media Coordinator at JAC, a digital marketing agency in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her addictions are Starbucks, travelling, and all types of social media (special love for Twitter!). She loves sunny days, since they get very few in Newfoundland! As well one of her favourites is long drives with no particular destination. Nicole will be part of the Team responsible for keeping you up to date on the committee’s latest endeavours.

Darryl Hackett, Treasurer-Consultant

Darryl has been passionate with all fair and equal communication access for all Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing people for many years. He has been involved with Ontario Video Relay Service Committee (OVRSC) and now is involved with the newly-formed DWCC in order to carry on his passion.  Darryl graduated from Newfoundland School for the Deaf and then received a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.   As a proud Newfoundlander, Darryl loves the Newfoundland traditional food, history and culture. He is a Newfie at heart while he is living in Ottawa with his Deaf pet cat, Royale. Any Newfie jokes for him?

Jeffrey “Jeff” Beatty, Technical Consultant & Illustrator

Jeff joins the DWCC as a member of the CRTC Writing team with a strong focus on Policy & Technical on CRTC Wireless and Text with 911 Services.  He is also involved with the Survey and Public Relations Team.  His 5-year advocacy work with VRS Grassroots across Canada is well-known.   Jeff was concerned and noticed disparity among several Deaf Canadian with their mobile wireless plans and Text with 911.  In addition to the DWCC work, he is advocating for the CRTC to establish its own Accessibility Office (AO) similar to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Since 2010, Jeff has been a private consultant in educational technology and a strong supporter of equal access to telecommunication services for the Deaf Community.

Noella Roberts, DeafBlind Consultant

Bio profile coming soon.

Michael J Stewart, Data Analyst

Bio profile coming soon.



Rachel Fillion, French Translator

Hailing from Quebec, Rachel went to mainstream school and became aware about Deaf and Hard of Hearing issues later in her life. She is mainly passionate about mental health issues & access to mental health services in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She is pleased to offer her proficiency in French & English for the Translation Team, where she translated the survey and the website from English to French. She will also respond to other translation requests when necessary. Contemplative in nature, Rachel enjoys water activities, such as stand-up paddling, kitesurf, as well as long walks in forest.

Brian Foran, Member

Brian is known for his advocacy work in Deaf Community for over two decades. He has been involved with CAD-ASC since 1992 and was a board member of the organization for 12 years. He got involved with the committee as a member of the Survey Team and the CRTC Writing Team because he shares the same passion to fight for equal access for all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Canadians. One of his hobbies is having his first selfie taken with Theodore the Tugboat!  Brian has a loving wife of 17 years and they have three kids.



Craig J Cannon, Member

Craig hails from Nova Scotia, where he was involved in several Deaf groups dedicated to improving the Deaf community and empowering Deaf youth. Travelling to Haiti twice, Craig took pride in teaching Haitian teachers sign language that they could teach using sign language in school. He is happy to join the committee to lend his technical expertise, which he acquired through working in IT (Information Technology) for several years. Craig currently resides in Alberta.

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Amy Parsons, Writing Team

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Amy deeply enjoys the outdoors. She loves to camp & hike in the backcountry, snowshoe & cross-country ski and is a certified wilderness first responder. Passionate about social justice, Amy’s advocacy work focuses on students transitioning from school to the community and a student loans program presented in plain language. Her job is as an educational interpreter consultant with the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority, where she fosters best practices and professional development opportunities for K-12 interpreters. Amy appreciates working with colleagues on the DWCC to improve access to wireless technology, and equality in Canadian society. She enjoys cooking and eating, but not if the dishes need to be done, too.

Michael “Mike” Kellett, Member

Mike is currently a math and science teacher at the British Columbia School of the Deaf (BCSD). He was an Academic Bowl coach for Michigan School for the Deaf (MSD) and Washington School for the Deaf (WSD). In Canada, he assisted BCSD with organizing students’ trip to the YCTD in Winnipeg, MB.  Mike is a part of the Survey Team and will be responsible for the survey analysis, as the Committee’s mathematician and statistician. He will also assist in smaller Committee projects including provide explanation of what MB and GB mean using calculations and assist in finding graphics to support visualization of information. In his spare time, Mike enjoys digital photography of nature, photo edits with Photoshop, and loves to spend time with his dog, Paddy.



And the rest of wonderful committee members:

 Krishna Madaparthi – ON  Ross LaVallee – MB Ryan Parkinson – ON
Betty MacDonald – NS Vinu Abraham Chetipurackal – BC Jonathan Poulin-Desbiens – ON
Kevin Ettinger, BC Patricia Viens – QC

DWCC thanks past members for their contributions:

Arista Haas, AB
Rytch Newmiller, AB

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