Blind Citizens Australia Appoints New Executive Officer

22 June 2015

Blind Citizens Australia’s position as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians has been secured through the appointment of Leah van Poppel as its new Executive Officer. Leah is well-known to BCA members and across the blindness sector as a former Policy Officer with BCA and through her current role with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Leah brings significant strategic development and policy skills along with her personal experience of vision-impairment to the role. The board is delighted to have the opportunity to work with her to grow our organisation.

The board also takes this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and sincerely thank Tony Iezzi for his extraordinary work as Operations Manager over the past five months.

Tony has tirelessly and passionately steered BCA through a period of significant challenge. Without his management expertise and his willingness to take on the role at short notice, our organisation would have floundered. We wish Tony all the very best for the future.

Tony will continue in his role until the end of August. Leah will commence on 3 August.

The board also wishes to acknowledge the support of Brooker Consulting and the work of the recruitment subcommittee throughout the recruitment process.

Greg Madson
President
Blind Citizens Australia

Media contact: Emma Bennison, 0410 553 383
 

Welcome to Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the united voice of Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

Our mission is to achieve equity and equality by our empowerment, by promoting positive community attitudes, and by striving for high quality and accessible services which meet our needs.

Whether you are blind, have a vision impairment yourself, or are the family member or friend of a person who is blind or vision impaired, BCA is here to assist you. We provide information, peer support, individual and systemic advocacy, and consultancy services. Our Branches act as local lobby groups and provide opportunities for social interaction for members.

Explore our site. Learn about us. Listen to SoundAbout for profiles of people who are blind or vision impaired and those working with our community. If you are interested in audio-described TV, cinema and DVD content check out It’s Our Turn. Set your dial and tune in to our weekly radio program New Horizons. For the issues and policies that affect you, plus useful information and tips, turn to the pages of BC News or Parent News.

Welcome to BCA, the national organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired.

contact BCA:

Toll Free:
1800 033 660

Phone:
(03) 9654 1400

Email: Blind Citizens Australia

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Registrations now open for BCA 2015 National Convention

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) is the representative body for Australians who are blind or vision impaired.

you can now register for the 2015 BCA National Convention. the National Convention webpage link below will take you to further information.

This year’s theme is “Looking Forward Looking Back” Celebrating Blind Citizens Australia.

Event details
Date: Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 October 2015

Starting with a Welcome function hosted by Blind Citizens WA on Friday 9th October evening.

Venue: Mercure Perth Hotel
10 Irwin Street, Perth WA 6000
Phone: 08 9326 7000
Email Mercure Perth
Mercure Perth website

Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #BCACONV and on Twitter @au_BCA

Visit the BCA 2015 National Convention webpage for registration details and further information.

New Horizons Program 409

This week on program 409 of New Horizons, Peter Greco speaks with Nick Gleeson. Nick is totally blind and has just completed a Simpson Desert crossing, thanks to the AMP Tomorrow Fund. He talks about the isolation, quietness and spirituality of his experience.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! Using your pod catcher of choice, use the URL http://wordpress.bca.org.au/feed/ to subscribe manually to the New Horizons program.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website

New Horizons Program 408

This week on program 408 of New Horizons, Rikki Chaplin speaks with Greg Madson, President of Blind Citizens Australia, about recent happenings and upcoming events.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! Using your pod catcher of choice, use the search term “Blind Citizens Australia”, you should then be able to subscribe to the New Horizons program.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website

BCA President Election

Dear BCA Member

As you are aware nominations for the position of Blind Citizens Australia President were called on June 10.

In accordance with the provisions of Clause 21.1.4 of the BCA Constitution, in a year where there will be elections for both the President and for other Directors, any election for the President must be held first.

In order to meet the election timeframe outlined in the Constitution, including the provision for sixty days’ notice of the Annual General Meeting, nominations for the BCA President position were called on 10 June 2015, with nominations to be received close of business 5pm (EST) on Friday 3 July 2015.

As of close of business (5pm (EST) on Friday 3 July, one nomination was received. I can confirm that that nomination was valid, including a nominator and seconder both of who are Full Members of BCA as at 30 June 2014.

Given that only one nomination was received, it will not be necessary to hold an election.

As Company Secretary I declare the successful nominee, Emma Bennison, as President Elect. Emma will take over as BCA President at the conclusion of the 2015 BCA National Convention.

Emma’s supporting statement received with her nomination can be read here: BCA President Nomination Statement (Word docx)

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emma and wish her all the best in her position as President of Blind Citizens Australia.

Thank you.

Greg Madson
Company Secretary

BCA Summit Snapshot

The BCA Leaders’ Summit, held in Melbourne from Friday evening 26th to Sunday afternoon 28th June 2015 brought together 33 BCA leaders from across Australia, including members of the Board and NPDC; representatives from most of our regional and special interest branches; former leaders of the organisation; and members who have been active in a range of key roles.

Our objective was to consider the ways in which BCA might best serve the needs of its members and others who are blind or vision impaired in the foreseeable future – when we will need to operate with reduced financial resources and in an ever changing community environment.

This objective was addressed through the development of a series of implementable recommendations for consideration by the BCA Board. A summary of these recommendations can be found here: BCA Summit Snapshot (Word doc)

New Horizons Program 407

This week on program 407 of New Horizons, Rikki Chaplin speaks with Paula Hobley, who updates us on her PhD research into the subjective well-being of people who are blind or vision impaired.

You can use the embedded audio player above to listen or download the program.

New Horizons is available as a podcast! Using your pod catcher of choice, use the search term “Blind Citizens Australia”, you should then be able to subscribe to the New Horizons program.

New Horizons is Blind Citizens Australia’s weekly radio program. It can be heard on RPH and community radio stations throughout Australia. Go here for Broadcast times and stations

Current and past Episodes of New Horizons can also be found on the Blind Citizens Australia audio page

And on the The Global Voice

New Horizons is produced at the studios of Vision Australia Radio in Melbourne. Blind Citizens Australia thanks Vision Australia for their technical Support and for the use of their resources. You can visit Vision Australia on the web at Vision Australia website