Our Deafblind Coordinators support about 800 people around New Zealand that identify as having dual sensory loss (deafblind). Get to know them a little better:

Jacqui IseliJacqui Iseli – South Auckland

My background is being a Communicator Guide, a sign language Interpreter for both deafblind and the deaf community, and researcher of Ni-Vanuatu Deaf people’s signs. This has supported me in the 22 months of working with Blind Low Vision NZ.  My husband and I have three adult children, their partners and two grandchildren who all live elsewhere in NZ or overseas. In my spare time I seem to enjoy knitting fingerless gloves.

What are your favorite things about the job?

I enjoy being out and about meeting our deafblind community, who individually continue to challenge and inspire me. They have some amazing stories to tell, often just beneath the surface. I appreciate the communication challenges facing clients and look forward to supporting them to explore additional ways of communication, particularly tactually, within their community circle.

 

Monique LaurieMonique Laurie – Tauranga

I come from a background as an Occupational Therapist working in numerous hospital and community positions.  I have been working with Blind Low Vision for about 6 years now. At home I have a husband and three children aged 8,11 and 13 and work on an avocado orchard in the holidays.

What are your favorite things about the job?

I have enjoyed learning different communication techniques such as sign language and braille to help our clients, and I have enjoyed being part of such a lovely team. I also find it a real privilege that I am able to meet so many wonderful people who are all so unique in our community.

 

Lyneen AllenLyneen Allen – Wellington

Kia ora, my name is Lyneen Allen. I’ve worked in the disability and mental health sectors. I am deaf myself and I have had an extensive career in deaf mental health.

What are your favorite things about the job?

I’m the new Deafblind Coordinator and I’m really enjoying my new role. I’m based in Wellington and the team are real awesome. I look forward to meeting with you all and keep safe.

 

Kaye EllisonKaye Ellison – Christchurch

Hello, my name is Kaye Ellison and I am the Deafblind Specialist Coordinator for the middle, and upper South island.

I have been a deafblind coordinator for three years; however, I have been involved with those with dual sensory loss for over eleven years. I travel often to Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, as far south as Timaru, and based in Christchurch.

On my database I have over 225 clients with dual sensory vision and hearing impairments. Over the last couple of months because of COVID-19, I have been working from home on remote calls to clients, checking how they are managing and if necessary linking them with support services. Now working within the risk management criteria of Blind Low Vision NZ, I am starting to visit clients in my geographical area.

 

Michelle HollandMichelle Holland – Dunedin

I am a mum to two young adults aged 17 and 20 and feel lucky to live surrounded by native trees and bird life in Otago.  My previous employment was working as an Occupational therapist in physical, acute and community fields, mental health plus lecturing in education.

What are your favorite things about the job?

I really enjoy connecting and feel privileged to hear members stories living with dual sensory loss.  The team is awesome and really want to walk the journey with members and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a support when able.

If you would like to contact our Deafblind Coordinators please call on 0800 24 33 33 or email us at info@blindlowvision.org.nz