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9 Jun 2012


SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
ACCESSIBILITY SPECIAL


SPEAKER:        GERRI POMEROY

Gerri is a Disability Advocate at CCS Disability Action where she represents those who have problems with access. She talks to the City Council, the Regional Council and others about steps, curb cuts, busses and many more scenarios. She chairs the Access for All meetings where people with various disabilities can bring their specific access issues.
Gerri shared some of her own story of having a rare form of cancer in her 20s, and treatment that has left her over the years with debilitating problems. This has not stopped her from being a cheerful and passionate advocate for those with access challenges. She had us enthralled with stories of her involvement with Councils and committees where her position from a wheelchair emphasised her point and brought about change.

AGM: Our Waikato Board (with the exception of Laura Ladkin), was re-elected. President - John Forbes, Vice President - Jean Cotter, Sec / Treasurer - Noel Morris, Alan McAllen, Helen Cook, and Jack Norton.




Waikato Mini Newsletter for June 2012
  • At our March meeting the weather was kind to us and we enjoyed eating ice-cream in our back yard. Margaret Southgate gave us a talk about Patient Advocacy, which raise a variety of interesting points for us all to talk about. As a result Edith and Noel attended a DHB Community Forum, and hope that this will be another way of keeping up with the way our needs are met by DHB services.

  • National Conference will be in Wellington 27 ~ 29 September. Guest speaker will be Jega, a Physiotherapist from Perth. Well worth the effort of coming to Conference, so start saving. More details in your next Polio News or here.

  • Several of our Waikato members are among those who have received grants from the Duncan Trust Fund. New applications are still being received. Is there something that you need that isn’t funded? (Not a wish-list)

  • And several of our members have applied to go to QE Health recently. Waikato polios are eligible for DHB funding, and your GP can make an referral for you on line. The next intake of first-time polios will be in September.



















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