Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
Annual Report 2016

Staff and Volunteers

RIDBC Staff Service Awards

The following RIDBC staff received a service award in 2016. These awards recognise the years they have dedicated to helping children, adults and families with vision or hearing loss.

35 Years

Brian Conway
Val English

25 Years

Kaye Bailey
Robyn Cantle Moore
Annette Clarke
Trish Lange
Christine Muir
Johanna Yule

20 Years

Lyn Beattie
Tammy Bozgai
Marie Casey
Tracy Wenholz

15 Years

Carolyn Davies
Louisa Fordyce
Robert Hume
Pranitha Moodley
Elizabeth Rootes
Louise Zubrecky

10 Years

Karen Atkinson
Michelle Christison
Bronwyn Clark
Andrey Goncharov
Svetlana Grunstein
Alison Hammond
Moira Hickman
Joanna Huang
Lucy Klaunzer
Maria Lupton
Bronwyne Mills
Gianna Petris
Sheeba Philip
Nerida Powell
Carmel Ramsey
Donna Reardon
Jean-Paul Venevongsos

Val and Brian received their 35 years RIDBC Service Awards

Caption: Val and Brian received their 35 years RIDBC Service Awards

RIDBC Volunteers

In 2016, we had a total of 1,160 volunteers comprising 210 individual volunteers contributing to the clinical or educational services we provide or in administration support roles; and 950 volunteers involved in the fundraising clubs and committees that support RIDBC. These volunteers provided over 22,000 hours of voluntary service in support of RIDBC. We welcomed 62 new volunteers and farewelled 45 volunteers in 2016.

To thank our volunteers for their extraordinary commitment, RIDBC hosted three events to show our appreciation. The first was a Volunteer Morning Tea held at North Rocks to coincide with National Volunteer Week. This was followed by a ‘Thank You’ Afternoon Tea at RIDBC Hunter. At the end of the year, a ‘Thank You’ Luncheon was held at North Rocks, coinciding with both International Volunteers Day and International Day of People with a Disability.

Lois has volunteered at RIDBC
VisionEd for 15 years

Caption: Lois has volunteered at RIDBC VisionEd for 15 years

The 2016 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards saw two of our volunteers’ contributions recognised. Gae Milson has been a dedicated volunteer in an administration capacity at North Rocks for the last five years and was a finalist for the Hornsby/North West region in September 2016. Alan Carter was a finalist for the Hunter Region and has been volunteering with RIDBC for the last 20 years.

In 2016, 35 people obtained Volunteer Service and Recognition Awards:
20 years: 3 volunteers
15 years: 3 volunteers
10 years: 4 volunteers
5 years: 6 volunteers
1 year: 19 volunteers

RIDBC hosted 87 students from 31 schools and universities in 2016. This is a combination of high school students, Duke of Edinburgh projects, Community Service and University Practicums.

We also hosted 19 Corporate Volunteer Days with 313 corporate volunteers from 12 corporations. These corporate volunteers participated in open days at our schools, assisted with our annual Book, Toy and Music Fair, volunteered at the Coleman Greig Challenge, and provided maintenance support at our North Rocks site.

Alan has volunteered at RIDBC
Hunter for 20 years

Caption: Alan has volunteered at RIDBC Hunter for 20 years

Making a Difference

20 year old, Naomi, volunteers at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School

Naomi helps in the classroom with arts and
crafts, cooking classes and educational
activities every week

Caption: Naomi helps in the classroom with arts and crafts, cooking classes and educational activities every week

Cherrybrook resident, Naomi, volunteers at RIDBC Garfield Barwick School which caters for school-age students from Kindergarten to Year 6 who have significant hearing loss.

“I chose to volunteer at RIDBC because I wish to have a career in audiology and wanted to learn more about how people with hearing loss communicate,” said Naomi.

“The practical experience I have gained over the last two and a half years has been invaluable. I have learnt so much about teaching children with a hearing impairment.

”Naomi helps in the classroom with arts and crafts, cooking classes and educational activities every week.

“Volunteering at RIDBC has become the highlight of my week,” said Naomi. “As a classroom volunteer, my role is all about being an extra pair of hands and set of eyes. I really enjoy seeing the children every Friday and listening to all the fun things they have done throughout the week.”

“The staff and teachers are so appreciative of their volunteers, and are forever thanking me,” said Naomi. “I love volunteering and would definitely encourage anyone interested to give it a go – it’s so rewarding.”