Hello I am Natasha. I am profoundly Deaf. It is my passion to be involved with Deaf communities. I have worked for 20 years in the Deaf community both in Melbourne and Auckland. I graduated in Australia with a Bachelor of Education in linguistics.
I have taught Auslan and I am a qualified Blind RELAY interpreter. I have a Level 4 Disability Support Worker Diploma for working with clients who suffer with mental illness. I grew up loving to cook through my parents.
I love mixing socially with the Deaf community and I always encourage all Deaf to follow their interests and I enjoy helping them to reach their potential. It makes me happy to see Deaf succeed.
Hi, I am Monari and this is my sign name. I’m profoundly deaf. I have a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Unitec. In my spare time I love cooking food with my family, exercise daily in the beautiful natural scenery. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to restaurants and cafes. I’m the coordinator for the Deaf Wellbeing Society Drop In Centre. I really enjoy working with deaf people to teach a variety of new art projects and new experiences. It’s such a lovely company to be involved with all deaf people and also easy to communicate as its my language. Hope to see you all there at Drop In Centre!
Hello I am Anna and I am Deaf, living in Auckland.
What do I do? I film Natasha cooking the NZSL recipes. I make sure the films are clear with good shots in the right angles and lighting: including close ups and zoom. Also I take the photographs of the food.
It is great being part of the Deaf Wellbeing Society team as we all share and exchange ideas together.
I also work with Deaf Aotearoa supporting Deaf people, but my role at Deaf Wellbeing Society is creating films and great photography.
Hello my name is Monica Leach. I'm from the UK and I moved to New Zealand roughly 14 years ago. I have traveled the world throughout Europe, America, Canada, Africa and New Zealand. I have a degree in Deaf Studies in Education from Bristol in the UK. I have been involved in a variety of Communities. My current role and the Deaf Wellbeing Society is to be responsible for updating the website and organising volunteers, finding out what is happening in the community and passing that information on. I am involved in the Activities Club and the Cooking Club. I really enjoy my role at Deaf Wellbeing Society as it is about giving Deaf jobs first, Deaf Leadership and it is a lovely community. I have also learnt about healthy cooking, do watch Natasha's cooking videos about healthy eating. Do watch Natashas videos
The Deaf Wellbeing Society Incorporated is governed by an annually elected committee consisting of a chairperson, treasurer, secretary and 3 other committee members. We feel it is important to be governed by a Deaf majority and like at least 4 out of 6 members to be Deaf. We hold our elections at our AGM every March.
Our current committee consists of:
Membership to our Incorporated Society is free and open to any Deaf person or any parent, sibling, child or partner of a Deaf person. You must have an empathy to our causes and believe all Deaf have the right to equal access to information with no language barriers.