Deaf social club to celebrate 40th birthday

AFTER 40 years, Ballarat’s Deaf Social Club is going strong, and will hold a party on July 26 to celebrate its success.

Club president Lisa Taylor said it was a big occasion for the group, which was founded by Robert Cook, one of her teachers at the Ewing House School for Deaf Children, in 1974.

Since the 1970s, the club has served as a hub for many of the region’s deaf residents, and has welcomed people from all over Victoria.

Ms Taylor and club secretary Marg van Leeuwen host events every month, and recently celebrated Regent Cinemas’ decision to start screening subtitled film sessions of recently-released films for deaf cinema-goers.

“(The club is) important for our members, to stop them from being lonely and isolated,” Ms Taylor  said.

The anniversary party on July 26 will be at the Ballarat Golf Club. 

To book, email bdsc_ballarat@hotmail.com or text to 0400 560 905.


Ballarat Deaf Social Club secretary Marg Van Leeuwen and president Lisa Taylor. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Ballarat Deaf Social Club secretary Marg Van Leeuwen and president Lisa Taylor. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

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