Come December’s end, VDEI will farewell a number of its team members.
Jean Moores-Chadwick and Jenny Galloway have completed the first-rate Transition to Primary/Secondary School Project, funded by the More Support for Students with Disabilities National Partnership. I commend Jean and Jenny on their professionalism, creativity and passion for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Jean and Jenny have been a wonderful addition to the VDEI team.
Aris Goletsos will transfer to the Communications Division (Department of education and Training) as a Business Support Officer. I congratulate Aris on this new work-related adventure and thank him for his faithful service to VDEI and its team.
Sally Martin has completed VDEI’s Virtual Learning Project. Sally will be working with VDEI in 2015 to deliver professional training in the use of telepractice for teachers of the deaf. I thank Sally for her efforts and look forward to her continued participation in growing professional expertise in telepractice.
Julie Postance’s excellent VDEI journalistic contribution ends as 2015 will see VDEI collaborate with Bastow for its marketing requirements. Julie has been with VDEI since its inception and I acknowledge her outstanding work and commitment to the sector.
Sandra Lindsay ends her time as the Lead Tutor Understanding Hearing loss, which is also funded by the More Support for Students with Disabilities National Partnership. Sandra’s collegiality has enhanced the VDEI team since April and we are grateful for her significant efforts.
Helen Harrington-Johnson will take 12-months professional leave commencing mid-January 2015. I will miss Helen’s expertise, but wish her well and look forward to her return in 2016.
As the year ends, I reflect on the challenges and successes within the deaf education sector broadly, within Australia and across Victoria. I recognize that VDEI is an outstanding success due largely to its brilliant, dedicated and loyal team. I am impressed with the sincerity and enormity of the Department’s commitment to maximising outcomes of deaf and hard of hearing children as evidenced by its contribution via the Victorian Deaf Education Institute. As VDEI’s Director, I will uphold the government’s commitment to children and students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
With every best wish for a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends,
Dr Jill Duncan, Director, Victorian Deaf Education Institute