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Ann Rancourt and Rachel Stevens selected for Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the District of Columbia

May, 29 2018

Recognizing a need for events for young professionals in the DC Metropolitan area, Ann Rancourt and Rachel Stevens co-founded Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Young Professionals. Their goal was to provide opportunities for young professionals with hearing loss to get together to share their struggles as well as successes in living with hearing loss. HLAA Young Professionals meets monthly and participates in a variety of activities including happy hours, attending sporting events, movies and museum visits. Since its inception in January 2017, the group continues to increase in membership, expanding opportunities for interaction, providing a vibrant environment in which to socialize, support and share with one another.

Prior to moving to the District of Columbia, Ann was an active volunteer intern in Business Operations at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center (CHSC). After becoming involved in the Cleveland Big Wheel Relay, a peer-to-peer fundraising event, Ann transitioned to the Development and Marketing department at CHSC. She also served on the Executive Committee of the Associate Board, New Partners of CHSC.

Rachel is not only the co-founder of HLAA Young Professionals but is also very active in the HLAA – DC Chapter, serving on the Executive Board for the past three years. She is a key planner and manager of the chapter activities and has played a role in designing and maintaining the chapter’s website and mailing list. Rachel also serves as HLAA – DC’s Social Coordinator.

Hamilton Relay, as well as the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia, are proud to honor Ann Rancourt and Rachel Stevens as the 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award winners for the District of Columbia. 

“The mission of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia is to ensure that utility services are provided to all in a non-discriminatory basis,” said Betty Ann Kane, Chairman of the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia. “I am proud of our work in conjunction with Hamilton Relay and the honorees to ensure that telecommunications services in particular are accessible to all.”

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

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