Participation programmer Cate Gordon was given Harrow United Deaf Club’s Special Award of Appreciation during its fifth anniversary celebration
A WOMAN has been recognised for the work and effort she has put into improving deaf people’s access to the arts in Harrow, writes Goolistan Cooper.
Harrow United Deaf Club (HUDC) praised the outstanding dedication of Cate Gordon for her work as participation programmer at the Harrow Council-run Harrow Arts Centre (HAC) in Uxbridge Road, Hatch End.
She was awarded the club’s Special Award of Appreciation at its fifth anniversary celebration on Saturday.
Ms Gordon has worked tirelessly to open up accessibility to HAC and worked closely with Asif Iqbal, a HAC ambassador and president of HUDC.
One particular project which impressed the deaf club was the HAC pantomime, which had a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter on the side of the stage providing full access for deaf people. It was the first time this had been done by HAC.
Ms Gordon, who is learning BSL which enables her to converse with deaf people directly, praised the role Mr Iqbal had played.
She said: “I was really grateful to receive the award.
“Asif has been working with HAC as an ambassador, part of a team helping to make Harrow Arts Centre more inclusive and accessible to everyone in our area and helping is reach out to more people who may not have heard of or visited the arts centre before.
“His help has been invaluable in helping Harrow Arts Centre take steps to become more accessible for deaf people.”
She said the HAC annual community pantomime and family fun day will be supported by the National Deaf Children’s Society and added: “It’s important for us to be proactive in reaching out to people who may not otherwise have access to the arts and I hope this is just the beginning of making HAC more accessible for deaf people.”
Mr Iqbal said: “Since becoming a Harrow Arts Centre ambassador, I have been extremely impressed by Cate’s dedication and her enthusiasm in improving deaf people’s access to Harrow Arts Centre.
“I hope she will be seen as a positive role model for all public and voluntary services to follow in her footsteps.”