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League of Friends of the Blind est. 1932/3

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LOFOB is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Heidi Volkwijn as Manager Services to Adults.

31 Oct 2016

Heidi’s journey with LOFOB started at the age of 17 years after losing her sight while writing Grade 11 exams. After various efforts to correct the sight loss, and having received the news that nothing can be done, Heidi joined the LOFOB programme.

Heidi’s journey with LOFOB started at the age of 17 years after losing her sight while writing Grade 11 exams.   After various efforts to correct the sight loss, and having received the news that nothing can be done, Heidi joined the LOFOB programme.   

She went through the Independence Training Programme and later became a Skills Developer, training other blind people to be independent.   Heidi excelled at this job and set her sights on higher things and was offered the position of Public Relations Officer,  a position she held for 12 years.  

She successfully completed courses in Conference, Exhibition & Event Management as well as the Fundamentals of Project Management at Damelin College. She has also successfully completed courses in Public Relation at Boston City Campus and Business College and later at UNISA. She is currently enrolled at UNISA for her Law Degree.   

She has served on the management committee of South African National Council for the Blind.  She was the link person for South Africa to the World Blind Union Women’s Assembly in 2004 and delivered a paper on the rights of parenting for persons with disabilities.  In 2008 she presented a paper on best practice principles for sustaining and developing a community based organization at the World Blind Union General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

LOFOB’s Executive Director, Mr Armand Bam says: - “Heidi has all the attributes to further develop our comprehensive services to adults. In keeping with the history of The League of Friends of the Blind we are proud to include another woman of colour to our management.” 

Heidi will be responsible for managing the Wellness and Independence Development Services which include computer literacy, braille, home management, personal care, communication skills, orientation and mobility, social work intervention and supporting youth and adult mainstream schooling.  The wellness programme under her leadership include various sports for the blind such as cricket, futsal, goalball, athletics and a daily wellness programmes. 

For further comment, you can contact Heidi at LOFOB on (021) 705-3753. [END]  

Issued by: THE LEAGUE OF FRIENDS OF THE BLIND 
Address:   94 Klip Road, Grassy Park
Telephone: (021) 705-3753