// Monday 15 Feb 2016
Earsay created 'The Pat Bougeard Achievement Award' in 2012, to be presented annually to the dDeaf child or young person who has achieved something fantastic during the year.
The 2019 winner is Gabriella Calaca (15), nominated by Rupi Dhami, Teacher of the Deaf at Le Rocquier School. Ms Dhami was very proud of Gabriella gaining her GCSE in English Literature, Grade 4, and persevering through many challenges to achieve this. Gabriella also speaks fluent Portuguese and English, as well as taking Spanish GCSE, which is an impressive feat for any young person.
Gabriella is a positive role model to other deaf students at school offering advice and practical support, and during Deaf Awareness week at Le Rocquier Gabriella was very welcoming to visiting deaf/hard of hearing children from other schools and kept in touch with them afterwards. Earsay are very proud to award this year’s Pat Bougeard Achievement Award to Gabriella and wish her well for the bright future ahead.
The other nomination for the Award was Clarissa Jeffrey (3), nominated by her dad Dale, for surpassing every target set by nursery and thriving in everything she does. She is a great example of what can be achieved regardless of ability or disability – which is exactly what Earsay hopes for all Jersey’s deaf and hard of hearing children.
The Pat Bougeard Achievement Award was set up in the name of Pat Bougeard, Earsay’s only deaf committee member, who in 2012 was licensed as a lay reader with the Diocese of Winchester. She was the first deaf person to achieve this distinction, which requires three years of intensive study, and provides 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, the Award was born.