Help Us Make BCA’s 2017 National Convention the Best Yet!

Dear Members,

2017 is a National Convention year and we need your help to make it the best yet! The Convention will be held in Melbourne over the weekend of 13 to 15 October. Venue details are still to be finalised. There are plenty of ways to get involved, so read on.

Join the Convention Programming Committee

Join with other BCA members to help build a stimulating, informative and inclusive Convention program. While we will need to have some committee members who are Melbourne-based, we also welcome members from other states. We will be looking to ensure the committee is as diverse and inclusive as possible. So unfortunately we may not be able to accept everyone who expresses interest.

Meetings will be held at least once a month and you will need to be able to take on a share of the workload between meetings. To express your interest, please send an E-mail to bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Programming Committee” in the subject line. Your E-mail should include:

  • Your name
  • The state you reside in
  • A couple of paragraphs telling us what you will bring to the committee and why you’d like to be involved.

Or you can call the office on 1800 033 660 and we can record your response for you. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 17 March.

Help with Convention Logistics

If things like catering, social functions and creating a family-friendly event are more your style, we also want to hear from you. We are looking for people to assist with various logistical tasks, so please E-mail bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Logistics” in the subject line or call 1800 033 660 and let us know how you can help by Friday 17 March.

Other Ways to Have Your Voice Heard

Committees are not everybody’s idea of a good time, but there are plenty of other ways you can contribute. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Tell us what topics you would like to see on this year’s program. You can send your suggestions to bca@bca.org.au with “Convention Ideas” in the subject line. Or call the office on 1800 033 660 and give us your suggestions. We welcome any and all suggestions, even if they are new and different from what we have done in the past. While there is no closing date for your ideas, the sooner you get them to us, the better, before the program fills up.
  • Assist as a volunteer or invite a friend or family member to do so. More information on volunteering opportunities will follow later, but this is just to get you thinking.
  • Pitch a session to us. Perhaps you have an idea for a session which you could deliver. Please let us know and we will pass your details on to the programming committee for consideration. Please note that BCA does not pay speakers.
  • Give us your ideas for fundraising and sponsorship. If you know of companies who could support the Convention or have ideas for raising funds, we would love to hear them. Please contact the office to share your suggestions.

So as you can see, there are many ways you can work with us to build BCA’s best National Convention yet. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.

We look forward to hearing from you. Our contact details are below for easy reference:

Phone: 1800 033 660

E-mail: bca@bca.org.au

Media Release and More BCA 2015 National Convention Information

Dear members

Convention weekend is finally here!

Please find below a media release about Convention issued late yesterday.

If you’re not attending but would like to keep in touch, remember that you can do so in several different ways:

  • Listen to the live stream through Blind Sports Radio. A link will be available on the front page of the BCA website at www.bca.org.au when the stream is active. An email circulating the direct links for different apps and platforms has been circulated to the list.
  • Tune in through the RPH network. Listen to packages and highlights through the two days.
  • Follow us through @au_BCA and the Convention hashtag #BCACONV on Twitter.

There will be two sessions where those not with us in Perth will be able to text through questions for discussion to 0407 308 706. Those sessions are:

  • Saturday 10th October: Celebrating 40 Years of Blind Citizens Australia – 10:40 – 11:40 Western Standard Time
    Panel discussion with Robyn Gaile, Emma Bennison and John Simpson chaired by Bill Jolley.
  • Sunday 11th October: Looking to a Bright Future – 2:55 – 3:55 Western Standard Time
    Panel discussion with Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel, chaired by Grace King.

I’d also encourage you to start a discussion on bca-l if a topic sparks your interest.

Happy listening, tweeting, emailing and texting everyone!

Kind regards,

Leah

BLIND CITIZENS AUSTRALIA – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

8 October 2015

Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), the national peak body for people who are blind or vision impaired, will celebrate its 40th anniversary year in Perth this weekend with a national Convention for members, service providers and the broader community.

“This Convention will highlight the strength of BCA as a voice for people who are blind or vision impaired,” said Greg Madson, BCA President. “We have a long history of fighting successfully for positive changes, like audio signals at traffic lights to make sure everyone can cross roads safely. We’ll be looking back at these successes and thinking of the challenges ahead, such as access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the National Broadband Network.”

BCA National Convention, which occurs every second year, is an important way of bringing together people for peer support and vital information. People who are unable to attend will be able to participate by listening to a live internet stream through Blind Sports Radio or through radio by tuning into Radio for the Print Handicapped (RPH) stations.

“We’ve had a great response from both members and service providers,” said Leah van Poppel, BCA Chief Executive Officer. “It’s really important that BCA as an independent voice for people who are blind or vision impaired is supported to stay strong by the agencies who value our feedback on the support they provide in our community. We’re especially pleased to have significant sponsorship from Vision Australia, with supporting sponsorship from Senses Australia.”

BCA National Convention will be held at the Mercure Hotel Perth on 10th and 11th October.

Media contact: Leah van Poppel, Blind Citizens Australia CEO
Mobile: 0430 210 980 Email: leah.van.poppel@bca.org.au