I hope you all had a pleasant break and have filled the tank ready for another year. It seems that as you get older and slower the activities we indulged in over the Christmas break don't enthuse us any longer.
At Hearing Nelson we have started off with a bit of a rush, we have Grant Searchfield from Auckland University coming to tell us about Tinnitus, the findings of his research, and how to understand what causes it. There are quite a large number of people of all ages affected by this ringing/singing/birds chirping in your ears. Come along and hear what Grant has to say on the 1st of March.
Last year we had a request to teach Sign Language at Lake Rotoiti School; well the good news is it will start on March 1st. With some generous offers of help with the travel costs, we can now say that the City isn't the only area we support; having already funded tutoring to Brightwater School, which was so impresses they are now self funding the cost of the tutor.
We are also supporting our Sign Language Tutor Cathy to attend Victoria University to study for a Diploma in Deaf Studies. If any of you who read this newsletter feel you would like to contribute to the development of our younger generation, we would be most grateful.
We also have an Education Programme covering the young and not so young in our Nelson Tasman District, as we think that by training the young ones about damage to their hearing we may save them from the heartache that some of us older ones are suffering.
As this will be my last report as President of your Board, I'd like to thank you all, as in one way or another you have helped us make it better for those with hearing loss. I'm not going to be completely lost to you as I will still be on the Board, if they need me!!
I'd like to pledge my support to the incoming President, but in doing so put a plea out there for younger ones to step up as there will still be two of us in the 80 plus bracket, I'm sure you will find it very rewarding, and a jolly group to work with.
John Harwood QSM