Kia ora. I’m Victoria Manning, Deaf Aotearoa’s General Manager-Strategy. I’d like to let you know I have been offered a new job and so am resigning from Deaf Aotearoa. I’ve worked at Deaf Aotearoa for 6 years now and looking back it’s been a fantastic experience and I feel privileged to have worked here. All Deaf Aotearoa staff are so committed, passionate and work hard to improve life and equality for the Deaf community and Deaf people. Deaf Aotearoa’s team of staff work well together and I’m privileged and proud to have been a part of that team over the last 6 years. I wish to give special acknowledgement and thanks to Deaf Aotearoa’s Chief Executive, Lachlan Keating, for his steadfast and constant support to me in my time here. Deaf Aotearoa has become like family for me and it’s going to be really hard for me to leave. However, after 6 great years at Deaf Aotearoa, I’m feeling ready for my next challenge to grow and learn further.
My new position is Policy Manager in the Ministry of Justice’s Joint Venture Business Unit for the Elimination of Family Violence and Sexual Violence. I’ll be at Deaf Aotearoa until the end of April and move to my new job from May. I’d like to encourage the Deaf community to continue to support Deaf Aotearoa, we are the organization that works to enable the Deaf community and achieve equal outcomes for Deaf people. With your support Deaf Aotearoa will continue to be strong and the Deaf community and Deaf people benefit.