New hear­ing ad­vi­sor for As­so­ci­a­tion

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

Te Awa­mutu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion wel­comes Sylvia Pikari, who is train­ing to be the new hear­ing ad­vi­sor.

Longserv­ing ad­vi­sor Barbara Lim says she is slowly wind­ing down her hours and is pleased to grad­u­ally hand over var­i­ous tasks to Sylvia.

Sylvia, who has a hear­ing im­pair­ment, says she has been in­volved with the Te Awa­mutu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for about five years and wanted to give some­thing back.

She has served on the lo­cal com­mit­tee, and for the past three years has been in­volved in a gover­nance role with Hear­ing New Zealand.

Sylvia says she has been look­ing at the role of hear­ing ad­vi­sor for about a year, know­ing Barbara wanted to re­tire, and the time is now right.

The job is two days per week and that works for Sylvia, who also has an ac­count­ing prac­tice she works at the other three days.

Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hear­ing ad­vi­sors give un­bi­ased ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to hear­ing or hear­ing loss and per­form a screen­ing hear­ing test if re­quired.

Te Awa­mutu as­so­ci­a­tion is also on the look­out for more peo­ple to join the as­so­ci­a­tion or help vol­un­tar­ily by be­ing part of the com­mit­tee.

The con­tact num­ber to make an ap­point­ment with a hear­ing ad­vi­sor, or to vol­un­teer to work with the as­so­ci­a­tion, is 871 3649.

Te Awa­mutu has a team in this year’s Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge — a Na­tional Foun­da­tion for the Deaf ini­tia­tive where peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence deaf­ness for a day.

Te Awa­mutu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hear­ing ad­vi­sor Sylvia Pikari in­vited MP Barbara Kuriger, Waipa¯ district coun­cil­lor Vern Wilson, lo­cal busi­ness­man Merv Gyde, lo­cal doc­tor Mary Bal­lan­tyne and lo­cal news­pa­per editor Dean Tay­lor to join her to make up Team Te Awa­mutu.

She says it is a good mix of well­known peo­ple who will meet the chal­lenges and help fundraise.

Par­tic­i­pants around New Zealand take on four chal­lenges on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 — a one-toone meet­ing, a team meet­ing, a so­cial get-to­gether and watch­ing TV with­out sub­ti­tles — while wear­ing ear pro­tec­tors to sim­u­late deaf­ness.

Te Awa­mutu will also be hav­ing a shared morn­ing tea at Sa­bor Cafe¯ from 10am on the day if any­one wants to join them and sup­port the cause.

Hear­ing loss is un­recog­nised and rarely talked about, ac­cord­ing to the chal­lenge or­gan­is­ers.

The chal­lenge aims to boost work­place aware­ness of hear­ing loss and raise funds for the foun­da­tion’s work.

To sup­port Team Te Awa­mutu mem­bers visit tinyurl.com/y7d­aberp

Whakaa­hau / Colin Thorsen

Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge Te Awa­mutu, from left: Vern Wilson, Dean Tay­lor, Mary Bal­lan­tyne and Merv Gyde.

Whakaa­hau / Sup­plied

Team Te Awa­mutu member, MP Barbara Kuriger at Par­lia­ment.

Whakaahua / Sup­plied

New Te Awa­mutu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion trainee hear­ing ad­vi­sor Sylvia Pikari.

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