[bactttoma] Fwd: [vip-l] VIC: BCA Victorian State Convention

  • From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 11:33:38 +1000

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From: "Jessica Zammit" <jessica.zammit@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 27 May 2010 11:14:27 AM AEST
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Subject: [vip-l] VIC: BCA Victorian State Convention
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Hi everyone,

Please find below information regarding the Blind Citizens Australia
2010 Victorian State Convention which I am sending on behalf of Bob
Claffey. Please circulate this information out to your networks,
colleagues and peers and spread the word. Apologies for cross posting.

Kind regards,



Blind Citizens Australia 2010 Victorian State Convention

Just as September means finals to all footy fans, October means
Conventions to many BCA members. While we all know that some footy teams
have not reached the finals for some time, when was the last time you
attended a BCA Convention? Will this be the year?

The Victorian 2010 State Convention will be in Melbourne, close to home
to many of you and happening on October 23 & 24, and the theme will
explore the issue of Acceptance vs  Inclusion.

Our Keynote Speaker, Rhonda Galbally, is a high profile and passionate
disability advocate who is the Chair of the Victorian Disability
Advisory Council and of the National People with Disabilities and Carers Council. She will be speaking on the findings of the Shut Out report - a report which questions how included people with disabilities really are.

The Convention embraces Saturday & Sunday with different functions in
different venues. Also, there is the customary vigil on Friday evening,
October 22:  A fun night. This will be the Welcoming & Gathering
function plus the Melbourne Policy, Pizza & Plonk night from 6.00pm -
9.00pm at Ross House  247-251 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. This activity
will talk about an issue or policy that is of interest to people who are
blind or vision impaired.

Saturday, October 23: A great day to begin the Convention. Commencing at 9.00am in the Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston St, a dignitary will open the Convention and Rhonda Galbally will highlight the theme in
her keynote address.

Then follows sessions on Coping with Change (Bouncing Back); Advocacy -
the basics: a session hosted by Young Blind Citizens Victoria and
Snapshots, which will include short addresses on personal safety,
technology & the Victorian Electoral Commission. Following these gems of
wisdom, time is available for members to have practical experience of
the electronic assisted voting being made available for the Victorian
state election in November and ask questions on the latest technologies.

Saturday night: the Convention Dinner commencing 6.30pm at Citigate
Hotel, Level 1, 270 Flinders St. Melbourne

Sunday, October 24: the finale is in the Supper Room, Melbourne Town
Hall. Sessions include Relationships: a session examining travel hosted
by the Women's Branch; the Blind Citizens Australia Annual General
Meeting and Victorian Update: followed by what promises to be a
contentious Great Debate. The day will finish with a summary of the

Accommodation: You will be welcome at the Citigate Hotel, 270 Flinders
St. Melbourne

Room cost - $144 per night (single or twin share which includes one full
buffet breakfast each morning). Additional breakfasts are $15 per

Registration cost to attend convention will be released soon with more
details to come!

Our Convention is

A time to mingle, A time to discern

A time to laugh, A time to learn

A time to rebound, A time to confirm

A time to fight, And a time to unite.

Bob Claffey,

Chair, Victorian Convention Planning Committee

Email: rclaffey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:rclaffey@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>


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