Blind Citizens Australia off to a flying start for 2017

Blind Citizens Australia is off to a busy and exciting start to the year, so we thought we would update you on highlights so far. Read more here

Updated Information for over 65’s

Dear members and colleagues

We have now updated the BCA website to include up-to-date information about the care and support arrangements for people with disability who are over the age of 65. You can read it here:
Support for over 65’s webpage

Lauren Henley
Policy and Administration Coordinator

BCA National Women’s Special Interest Branch Notice of Annual General Meeting

All members of the BCA National Women’s Special Interest Branch, here is a date for your diary.

The Annual General Meeting of the BCA National Women’s Special Interest Branch will be taking place on Saturday 19 November 2016.

This meeting will be conducted by teleconference commencing at the following times:

  • 12 noon EST ACT, NSW, TAS, VIC
  • 11.30am SA
  • 11am QLD
  • 10.30am NT
  • 9am WA

There will be no elections at this meeting as committee members are in the middle of their two year terms of office.

The meeting will run for approximately an hour.

Details of how to phone in and relevant documentation will be forwarded on receipt of your attendance or apology.

RSVP: Janene Sadhu …


If you know of other Women’s Branch members not on this list or email who would like to join us, it would be appreciated if you could ask them to phone the BCA office on 1800 033 660 to leave a message for me (Janene Sadhu) to phone them back.

Alternatively I can be contacted on a Melbourne phone number, (03) 9853 1051.

Members of our NWB Committee would love you to join us and we look forward to talking with you on 19 November.

Janene Sadhu
NWB President

Blind Citizens Australia 2016 State Conference Dates

Below you will find information on upcoming BCA state events.

Queensland Forum
Saturday 8 October
Vision Australia Cooparoo

NSW/ACT Convention
Saturday and Sunday 15 and 16 October
Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour

South Australian Forum
Saturday 29 October
RSB Knappman House Adelaide

Victorian Conference
Saturday 12 November
Bayview on the Park Hotel Melbourne

We are also planning to hold a members’ forum in Hobart on Saturday 5 November; venue to be decided.

This year’s BCA Annual General Meeting will be held in association with a BCA face to face Board meeting in Sydney on Saturday 26 November. More details will be available shortly.

The 2017 National Convention is to be held in Victoria; dates and location to be finalised.

Event details and registration arrangements for all 2016 events will be provided to all members shortly. In the meantime please direct any inquiries to the BCA office.

Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

Dear Members

Please find below a joint statement from Leah as CEO and myself as President of BCA. Should you have questions, please contact me on 0410 553 383.

Blind Citizens Australia – Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

30 July 2016

We are writing to let you know that sadly, Leah has made the decision to resign as CEO of Blind Citizens Australia. This difficult, but necessary decision will enable Leah to manage her personal circumstances.

Leah says: “I love BCA and have very much enjoyed my time here. But my personal circumstances have changed significantly in recent months and I need more time and space to manage them. I want to make it clear that this decision is in no way a reflection on the work of Emma and the board. They have given me an enormous amount of support, for which I am very grateful. I would like to take this opportunity to wish BCA all the very best into the future as I step away from the organisation and into a new role.”

The board recognises the critical role Leah has played in rebuilding member confidence in the organisation. Emma says: “Members are the reason BCA exists. Leah’s dedication to communicating with and supporting members has strengthened our organisation as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. The board sincerely thanks Leah for her commitment and wishes her every success in her new position.”

Leah has offered her full support to the board during the transition process. Her final day in the BCA office will be Friday, 19 August.

The board will provide further information regarding the recruitment of a new CEO in due course.

Leah van Poppel, CEO
Emma Bennison, President