Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 12.09.11

The Health & Leisure Department at the Institute of Technology Tralee has
been in touch about upcoming activities as follows:

Surfing- 21st September (Banna Beach).
Low ropes climbing- date to be announced (Dingle).
Water sports-19th October (Cappanalea).
Orienteering- 23rd November (Tralee).
Rockclimbing- 7th December (Dingle).

As we know from previous experience, these events are great fun and we are
sure that it will be equally successful this year. If you are interested in
participating in any of these activities, please let us know and we’ll put
your name on list.

Solas Na Coinnile is a unique cancer related service, which is based in the
Kerry region. On the 23rd of September, they will have an “Evening of
Reflection by Candlelight” in Dingle.

They would like a small group of Deaf sign language users to translated a
song into sign language on the night. If you are keen to participate on the
night, please let us know. For more information on the service, go to

A woman who has been instrumental in raising awareness for the Deaf
community has been recognised for her tireless work as she has been named
one of the finalists in the 2011 Signature Annual Awards in the UK.

Originally from Tralee, Leicester based Catherine White has been helping to
improve access for deaf people across the world for 25 years.

Amongst her many achievements in that time she has helped to establish a
national set of standards for Interpreting Services for the Deaf Association
of New Zealand and has even worked with Sinead O’Connor to teach her sign
language for her music video ‘Am I Not Your Girl’.

She currently works as a freelance sign language interpreter in Leicester
though is best known to local residents for her commitment to supporting
those who use BSL as their first language and hearing children of deaf
parents (CODA). Throughout her years in communication her contribution to
interpreting services has been immeasurable, from providing interpreting
services at the Deaflympics in several different sign languages, to
influencing local and national policies improving the standards of deaf
access and providing expert training to trainee and newly qualified
interpreters across the world.

The judging panel at the 2011 Signature Annual Awards was so impressed with
Catherine’s continued efforts to promote better inclusion for deaf people,
that she has been named as one of the four finalists for 2011 Communication
Professional of the Year.

Beyond providing vital interpreting services, which provide local deaf
people with better access, Catherine is very proactive in arranging and
supporting events, which enhance their engagement in their local community.
Jim Edwards, Chief Executive of Signature, said: “We were extremely
impressed with the ongoing work which Catherine carries out in order to
engage the local community with deaf culture. “Whilst her career has always
been focused on deaf issues, her dedication does not stop when she clocks
off – she continues to work over and above in order to give her all to the
deaf and CODA community.”

The winners of the 2011 Signature Annual Awards will be announced during a
prestigious awards ceremony in London on Friday 18th November 2011.

For more information on the Awards, go to

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399