Deaf Aotearoa wishes to acknowledge the outstanding work of retiring World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section president Mark Berry. Mark served on the WFDYS from July 2015 and became president in 2017, before retiring on 27th March 2021.

Mark previously served on Deaf Aotearoa’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2014, where he held the role of vice-president for two years.

Mark’s desire to develop his leadership skills saw him attend the Frontrunners Deaf leadership programme in Denmark, where his success led him to go on to be a teacher on the programme.

Mark has shown incredible leadership during his time as WFDYS president, a role which saw him speak at the UN in both Geneva and New York. Mark’s passion to see other Deaf leaders develop was clearly evident throughout his time on the WFDYS Board and we know that he will continue to support aspiring young Deaf leaders to achieve their goals.

Deaf Aotearoa wishes Mark all the best on his next journey. Kei ōu ringaringa te ao