// Monday 15 Feb 2016
Earsay are very proud of Pat Bougeard, our only deaf committee member, who in 2012 was licensed as a lay reader with the Diocese of Winchester. She is the first deaf person to achieve this distinction, which required three years of intensive study, and provided many challenges along the way. She is also a fantastic role model for our deaf children, always ready to volunteer her time to help others. To mark her phenomenal accomplishment, and to be a great legacy from our 40th year celebrations in 2012, Earsay created 'The Pat Bougeard Achievement Award' to be presented annually to the dDeaf child or young person who has achieved something fantastic during the year. We know that everyone is different and that every achievement is personal, but a child’s ‘best’ achievement of the year can be celebrated.
For 2016 there was 5 nominations and they were passed on to an impartial judge in the UK, who has connections with Earsay but who did not know any of the nominees, and after careful thought he chose Joe Bray.
Joe Bray – nominated by Esther Tremeer & the Audiology Team
Joe has overcome so much in his life and this year has secured paid employment at Waitrose supermarket, after 2 years of work experience with the company. Due to Joe’s various difficulties, as well as his deafness, Joe has overcome lots of challenges to even enter a supermarket and so to become a valued member of staff at Waitrose is an exceptional achievement, and testament to Joe’s hard work, perseverance, politeness and willingness to learn and succeed. And also, through lots of dedication from his mum Maureen who deserves a special mention.
Well done to Joe, and to the other nominees – Brooke Jarrett, Indie Correia, Ella O’Connor and Joanna de Oliviera - who had also all achieved great things. We look forward to new nominations in Autumn 2017.