ASLIA Victoria turns 30

On Saturday the 14th May, over 100 people gathered in the historic surrounds of the North Melbourne Meat Market to enjoy a fabulous tribute to the achievements of ASLIA Victoria over the last 30 years.

The night had all the hallmarks of a great 30th birthday party: a beautiful cake, delicious food, a well priced and a well-stocked bar, a video presentation, and a room full of happy friendly people.

It was important to note that the bar was run by the World Federation of the Deaf youth who are raising money for their biennial camp.

ASLIA Victoria's current president, Julie Judd, was the MC for the night, introducing an array of speakers who told the story of the three decades of best practice in sign-language interpreting.

There were special tributes which recognised:

The pioneering work of John Lovett in the establishment of the association

A song in memory of Deb Lummis

The continuing work of Meredith Bartlett who has been on the executive committee for all of those 30 years!

Special thanks go to Auslan Stage Left who provided wonderful entertainment in the form of snippets from theatre interpreting performances along with dancing to complete the night.

The most significant highlight of the night were the members of the Deaf community, interpreters, committee members, family and friends just having a great time as they renewed old acquaintances, shared stories and met new faces.

Thanks to the amazing work of the Coordinator, Jen Blyth, all attendees left with a beautiful book of facts, photos and interviews commemorating ASLIA Victoria's first 30 years.

NAATI would like to congratulate ASLIA Victoria on hosting a wonderful night and we look forward to sharing the next 30 years with you!

Click here to find out more about ASLIA and its other state and territory branches.

Published: 25/05/2016