Vote for Emma Now!

Emma Bennison and Nick Gleeson Nominated for Impact 25 Awards

In December 2018, 337 exceptional people were nominated for Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 awards. These awards recognise people who make a positive impact on Australia’s social sector. The calibre of the nominees is extraordinary, and they are recognised for their commitment and hard work towards a greater good.

Our very own Emma Bennison is a nominee and we’re inviting you to vote for her and potentially two other individuals (a maximum of 3) to help find the most impactful among this deserving pool of leaders within the Australian social sector and the wider community. We’d also like to acknowledge fellow nominee and BCA member, Nicholas Gleeson and ask you to consider him when casting your votes.

Voting is now open, and closes at 5pm on 31 January. Vote here: The voting process is accessible, but due to the high number of nominees, finding names on the list can be challenging. The easiest way to vote is using an IOS device and if you’re looking at Emma’s name, you can swipe up with three fingers until you get to page 10 or 11 depending on font size.

Pro Bono have also provided us with a  list of nominees names with background information as a word document to provide simpler accessibility. If you are unable to access the voting link, or find it difficult they have also allowed BCA the option of taking phone or email votes directly. You’ll just need to provide us with the names of the people you wish to vote for, your email address and your name and we will collate and forward on behalf of our members. To cast your vote via phone, please call us on 1800 033 660.

Life Ready Program – expressions of interest now open


BCA is running a program in early 2019 designed to develop independence and skills to empower you to live the life you choose. “Life Ready” will consist of a series of interactive teleconferences and participants will then have the opportunity to participate in an immersion weekend where they will be supported by peers to develop the practical skills related to living an independent life.

Find out more here.

Peer Mentoring Opportunity


In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of Peer Mentoring training teleconferences. This will also include support as candidates begin to act as mentors within the community.

Find out more about this opportunity here.

Leadership Development Training


In 2019, Blind Citizens Australia will be offering interested members the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership training teleconferences and a leadership immersion event.

Find out more about this training opportunity here.


Call for Expressions of Interest for National Convention Contributors


BCA is seeking expressions of interest from individuals and organisations with an interest in contributing to our national convention program as presenters, session coordinators or access technology exhibitors. The national convention is our organisation’s flagship event and will be held in Hobart in 2019 from 29 March to 1 April.

The convention provides opportunities for people who are blind or vision impaired to socialise with and learn from others who are blind or vision impaired, learn about the latest blindness products and services and to contribute to the future direction of our organisation.

Follow this link to find out more and to register your expression of interest.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 13 December 2018.