Mona’s long passion for learning sign language influenced her decision to attend class at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf and the Canadian Hearing Society. She studied for 2 years, and volunteered at the local deaf church. She occasionally uses sign language when at work with students with special needs, and with other members of the deaf community.

Her son Mark initially was not interested in sign language, until he crossed paths with a few members of the deaf community. Quickly after those interactions, Mark desired to know basic sign language. During his undergrad at Ryerson University, Mark completed an introductory ASL course to acquire some basic knowledge.

Both Mona and Mark occasionally use ASL between each other