Canterbury deafblind network

Canterbury Contact(s)

David Wilson

021 61 9889

Djwwilson1 at gmail dot com

Week-long celebration of Helen Keller’s birthday 

Kaye Ellison and member pointing to cake and smiling
Kaye Ellison, Deafblind Coordinator for Blind Foundation, with member, pointing to Helen Keller cake
Posted and books on table in Papanui Library, with truffles and balloons
Helen Keller Happy Birthday display in Papanui Library



Deafblind artist with his sketches on postcards

Deafblind member with iSign interpreter, talking about his Bowls medals
Canterbury man telling about his Bowls medals



Bowler and artist around table of snacks and balloons. They're talking with iSign interpreters. Kaye Ellison looking on.
Bowler and artist with iSign interpreters
Bowler leaning across the table to show Dave his medals.
Bowler showing his medals to Dave Wilson, Chair of Deafblind Association board
Dave is asking a question and pointing to medals
Dave asking a question about the bowler’s medals


Thursday 25th July – Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting is on Thursday 25 July at 1p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, Christchurch.  “Surprise” is the topic!!

Those requiring transport please ring Petronella on 03 375 4300 by Monday 22 July.

Helen Keller Day celebrated the week of 24 June

The Papanui Library hosted a Helen Keller display all week. We cut the cake on Helen Keller’s birthday, the 27th, after which we joined staff at the Blind Foundation office and kept the celebration right on going!

Thursday 23rd May – Monthly Meeting

The next Deafblind Canterbury support group meeting will be held at the Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, Christchurch, on Thursday 23rd May at 1 pm. Interpreters and afternoon tea will be supplied. We will be talking about how we will celebrate Helen Keller Day on June 27th, and a interpreter will tell us what it was like interpreting on TV and the environment surroundings.

Thursday 25 October – Monthly Meeting

Our next meeting is at 1pm in the meeting room at Blind Foundation, 96 Bristol Street, Christchurch. Those needing transport, please ring Petronella by Monday 22 October.

On the agenda:

  • Arranging the Xmas party November
  • Update on the Blind Foundation’s planning for next year’s outings
  • A group survey

Looking forward to see you there!

Thursday 27 September – Multi-sensory Experience

This Thursday the Canterbury Deafblind support group will be attending the multi-sensory touch and smell environment at the Pioneer Recreation and Sports Centre. We plan to meet at 1pm and have a get-together coffee and catch-up. On the agenda will be the Christmas party to be held in November. We hold the party in November because December is far too busy for everyone to attend. Hope to see you all this Thursday. Of course, our good friends and interpreters will be there to make our connections.

Thursday 24 May – Monthly Meeting

The next monthly meeting is Thursday, May 24, 1pm at the offices of the BLIND FOUNDATION, 96 BRISTOL STREET, CHRISTCHURCH . We have  a presentation by Michael Begg from community energy action Charity Trust to talk to us on his role regarding energy advice and education . This includes information about curtain bank insulation , community project management earthquake help ,and energy efficiency products in homes . We’re all curious to know what “curtain bank insulation” is!

Friday, 1 May – Update

On 24 May the Canterbury DeafBlind Supporters Group met at the Blind Foundation and had a very interesting talk from Michael Begg, from the Community Energy Action Group which is a 25year old charity.  Last year the group assisted over 900 homes improve their energy efficiency.  Their main efforts are providing a curtains from donations and assisting with power pricing, both indifferent companies and in suitable plans for each family.

The second advice given is regarding house warmth which is a 3 step programme.  Firstly insulation where old systems should be checked, and where Government is bringing in new laws next June.  The second step is ventilation and Michael gave much information on the science of airing houses and the value of different heating systems, which is the third step in everyone living in the best healthy environment.

Members asked many questions and this talk was very much appreciated.  Discussions continued after the speaker left, and over afternoon tea.