Deafblind West Australians Annual Planning Day 2020

“See us, Hear us, Know us, Join us”

On the 5th September Deafblind, West Australians held their Annual Planning Day and Annual General Meeting.

The day was very successful with over 30 people who participated in activities – members shared ideas for events, planning, projects, advocacy and what to do in the next twelve months.

We discussed the NDIS ILC funded See us, Hear us, Know us, Join us project progress. And Karen Wickham provided an update on the Deafblind Camp to be held from Friday the 12th of March to Monday the 15th of March 2021 at Woodman Point Recreation Camp with the “Glitz & Glamour on the Red Carpet” theme.

Rhiannon welcoming everyone to the Planning Day and Mike is the Auslan Interpreter
Rhiannon with Auslan Interpreter Mike

We had 2 members speak on their topics:

  • Presentation by Deborah Kazich on “My Craft Skills”
  • Presentation by Roberto Trimboli on “Being a Deafblind Business Man”
Roberto speaking about his ROBTECH business
Roberto speaking about his ROBTECH business

We event Yarn Bombed Eddie Szczepanik, as part of our Yarn Bombing project, which will continue into 2021.

What are we doing in 2021?

  • We have the Deafblind West Australian Camp in March
  • We will be Yarm Bombing at the DB Camp and other events
  • We will be doing some group walks to various places
  • We will be holding several Technology Workshops
  • We will have some pub lunches at the Balmoral Hotel
  • We will have several events as part of Deafblind Awareness Week in June
  • We will hold a High Tea
  • We are doing a fundraising Walk, where DBWA members get sponsored for walking laps around a metropolitan lake

Deafblind West Australians are also looking for more ideas of events and activities that our members want to do, please email Erika at with your suggestions.

Below is the new Deafblind West Australians Board. some members left the Board and DBWA thanks them for their time, their knowledge and hopes they can use the experience to participate on other Boards.

Deafblind West Australians Board Members:

  • Rita Kleinfield-Fowell – Chair
  • Eddie Szczepanik – Deputy Chair
  • Rhiannon Green – Secretary
  • Jennifer Weir – Treasurer
  • Penny Rogers – Committee Member/Grant Writer
  • Clair Josling – Committee Member/Events
  • Roberto Trimboli – Committee Member/Cultural Ambassador
  • Peter Cliff – Committee Member
  • George Szczepanik – Committee Member
  • Allan Cox – Committee Member
  • Kirsty Lim – Committee Member

Non Board Members:

  • Erika Webb – Project Manager See us, Hear us, Know us Join Us Project
  • Greg Madson/Erika webb – Policy & Governance (supporting the Board)
  • Karen Wickham/Linni Oliver/Melissa Evans – (supporting the Board)
  • Jennelle Macri/Alex Madden/Dominic DAgostino/Mark Macri and other Communication Guides – (supporting the Board)

Upcoming events for 2020:

  • Our annual Christmas Party Picnic and BBQ in the Park on 6 December

On the day members also received their new Deafblind West Australians T-Shirt – see photo below.

Eddie showing off the new DBWA T-Shirts. Rita and Jennifer are standing to the left of Eddie.
New DBWA T-Shirts

For more information about Deafblind West Australians contact us via email: DBWA