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Special award of appreciation to council employee

Posted by | June 16, 2014 | News | No Comments

Published Monday, 16th June 2014

Harrow Council’s Participant Officer of Harrow Arts Centre (HAC), Cate Gordon was recognized for her outstanding dedication in improving deaf people’s access to Harrow Arts Centre on Saturday 7th JuneHarrow United Deaf Club (HUDC) announced Cate as the winner of ‘Harrow United Deaf Club’s Special Award of Appreciation’.Cate has been passionate about opening up accessibility to Harrow Arts Centre and worked closely with Asif Iqbal, President of Harrow United Deaf Club & Harrow Arts Centre Ambassador.

Harrow United Deaf Club were pleased with the success on one of her projects, a Christmas Panto with a BSL interpreter on the side of the stage, providing full access to deaf people and families alike – a first of its kind for Harrow Arts Centre.

Cate Gordon 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 local area and helping us 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.

“We have particularly focussed on our annual community pantomime and our upcoming Family Fun Day on the 19th July, which will be supported by the National Deaf Children’s Society. 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.”

Asif Iqbal, President of HUDC 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.

“She took on board feedback from deaf people at last year’s Harrow Deaf Awareness Day and with their consultation, she successfully organised a BSL interpreter for HAC’s Christmas Pantomime which was a great hit. I worked closely with her and advised her on areas of improvement: she took them on board with positive ‘can do’ attitude and positive deaf awareness. She also learned BSL level 2 and therefore was able to converse well with deaf people directly.

One of her projects is to engage and involve deaf children in art and creativity through HAC’s Family Fun Day on 19th July 2014. Feedback from many parents of deaf children, deaf people and staff working with her has found her to be an extremely professional, approachable and friendly person to work with. This is an excellent example of Cate’s dedication in improving deaf people’s access to Harrow Arts Centre and I hope she will be seen as a positive role model for all public/ voluntary services to follow her footsteps.”

Source: http://www.harrow.gov.uk/news/article/220/special_award_of_appreciation_to_council_employee