My NZSL journey began over 15 years ago. Learning NZSL out of interest I never imagined that decision would led me here. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a number of Deaf activities such as being the communicator for the NZ Deaf Men's Cricket Team and secretary for the NZ Deaf Rugby Football union.
I have completed my Victoria University of Wellington "Deaf Studies & Teaching NZSL" course and am currently in my third year of the BA in English-NZSL interpreting at Auckland University of Technology. I have over 10 years of experience with NZSL teaching in adult community education courses. My previous work history includes working for Geneva-Elevator for 3 years on the Deaf team in a supported employment role for Deaf and a Case Manager for ACC.
But my NZSL journey is more that just a list of achievements- it's relationships, connections, friendships and a passion, an absolute passion, for the Deaf community and NZSL as a language.
"To have another language is to possess a second soul" - Charlemagne.