An historic moment as members vote for the merger between Deaf Society and Deaf Services

An Historic Moment

On 6th March, The Deaf Society held an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to vote on two special resolutions related to the merger of The Deaf Society and Deaf Services. We are pleased to inform you that the members voted in support of both resolutions and the merger between The Deaf Society and Deaf Services will proceed.

This is a historic moment that means together we can;
- Grow services across NSW, ACT and Queensland
- Develop new services to the benefit of Deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind Australians
- Influence government as the largest whole-of-life service provider for deaf people

WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?

Over the next few months, there will be much work done behind the scenes, as we work to bring the two organisations together, to become one organisation.

If you are a client of The Deaf Society or Deaf Services, you will notice no change to the support and service you receive currently. You may notice some small changes to our systems and billing in the coming months but we will advise of this in advance.

There will be no changes to staff, and clients will continue to deal with the same people they are used to.

For now, both organisations will maintain their existing names and branding. Over the next 12 to 18 months a new name and brand will be developed in consultation with members, staff and the community which reflects the joint vision of the new organisation.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATIONS

In the lead up to 1 July, we had planned a number of General Community Consultations across NSW, ACT and Queensland. As a result of the spread of Corona Virus (COVID-19) and the precautions put in place by the Federal Government, we have put these consultation sessions on hold, and will resume them when it is safe and recommended to do so.

Instead we will be focused on communicating with our community online, through social media, emails and our website. Please keep an eye out for this information, and help to share it among the community. 

MEMBERSHIP

Now the merger has been approved, you have the opportunity to become a member of the new merged organisation, at no cost for the first year. As a member of the new organisation, you can participate in setting the direction of the organisation and sharing in our success. You will receive regular communications, receive priority invitations to events and other activities and have voting rights at our Annual General Meeting.

To begin this process, please complete the membership form and return to our Corporate Secretary, Rochelle Caron at: 

Rochelle.Caron@deafservices.org.au 

OR via post to:

Deaf Services

ATT: Corporate Secretary, Rochelle Caron

915 Ipswich Road

Moorooka QLD 4105

Should you not decide to become a member of the new organisation and you are a current member of the Deaf Society, your membership will be upheld until its expiration on 30 June 2020.

 

This merger has come about because we want the very best for our community, and we hope you agree. We would like to sincerely thank everyone that has shown their support. We have been inspired by the overwhelmingly positive feedback from community members across Australia and even internationally. 

We are glad so many people share our real excitement about the potential for this merger to create a stronger organisation delivering a stronger future for the Deaf Community. 

Kind Regards,   

Brett Casey                          Leonie Jackson

CEO, Deaf Services            CEO, The Deaf Society