31st December 1934 – 12th December 2022
It is with great sadness we send condolences and aroha to Hilary’s whānau and close friends due to her passing last night.
Hilary McCormack was a long-standing passionate advocate for the Deaf community. She was well-regarded by the Deaf community, the disability sector and the government. Hilary was involved in the establishment of the NZSL Dictionary and advocated for Government funding for a NZ Relay Service. She was awarded NZCM for services to the Deaf community in 1998.
Hilary also had a long history with Deaf Aotearoa. She was President of the New Zealand Association of the Deaf, and also Patron. In 2020, she was awarded the New Zealand Sign Language Awards’ Supreme Long-standing Service Award.
When we have the funeral details, we will share them.
Farewell, Hilary. Thank you for your service to the Deaf community in Aotearoa New Zealand.