Auditory Outreach

Student-Focused Family-Centered Provincial Resource Program

Mission Statement

"Every school-age child experiencing auditory difficulties will have access to coordinated and equitable services to ensure a unified effort that optimizes the child's listening and communication potential."


  • Services are child-and family-centred
  • Supports are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • Services are coordinated and available in the most appropriate setting at the most beneficial or appropriate time


The Province of British Columbia, in addition to the regular block of funds allocated to school districts and independent schools for education, also funds a group of education alternatives known as Provincial Resource Programs. These programs help public and independent schools meet the educational needs of students in exceptional circumstances.

The Provincial Resource Program – Auditory Outreach, in collaboration with provincial centres, local audiologists and other service providers, assists public and independent schools throughout the province address the needs of school-aged students with hearing difficulties. Auditory Outreach provides a variety of services including but not limited to: consultation to school staff and to parents, assistance with assessments and assistance with the establishment of goals for individualized programs. Auditory Outreach also loans assistive listening devices to school districts, and group 1 and 2 independent schools, for individual students with hearing loss identified as needing this technology for school use.

Many families with deaf children are opting for cochlear implants. These are surgically implanted devices that stimulate the auditory nerve and allow deaf individuals to perceive sound and develop oral language. Auditory Outreach provides support to students with cochlear implants and other implantable devices (ie. Baha) so that students can derive maximum benefit from this technology.Cochlear implant requests for support for CI students can be initiated by a parent, a principal, school/district administrator, an implant centre, or by a student if over the age of 18.

program staff

Mailing & Street Address

4351 Ontario Avenue

Powell River, BC V8A 1V3

Toll Free: 1.866.430.4327

Phone: 1.604.485.6283

Fax: 1.604.485.2759 or 1.604.485.2886


Joe Coelho

Coordinator/Hearing Resource Teacher

Rayna Rumley


Contact Melanie Gosselin to request audiology services.

Speech Language Pathology

Contact Melanie Gosselin to request SLP services.

Assistant Manager/Equipment Requests and Repairs

Melanie Gosselin