On Tuesday the Disabled Person’s representatives on the Regional Leadership Group for the Enabling Good Lives System Transformation met with some of the Families Group and two members of the Ministry of Heath team to discuss how to better engage with our local community. As I’ve already stated we have notice that we are not getting the engagement we would like from our community so we need to be strategic on how to engage people. It was a really good meeting and we are working towards getting flyers made up, Facebook groups and doing public forums moving forward. Next week we have our Core Group meetings and our Regional Leadership group meeting. I’m looking forward to where this transformation is headed, even if I am still somewhat cynical about the process.
|Not sure ADNZ Ben always enjoys long meetings|
On Wednesday I wrote and shared a blog responding to the challenge that Mike Pulman, Jade Farrar and Huhana Hickey had issued for people within the disability community to step up and tell their stories and become leaders. As I pointed out in my blog 24% of the population have a disability yet are completely under-represented in many aspects of community leadership. I was not expecting the reaction I got. Mike Pulman read part of my blog on his Facebook livestream that night and since then I have had 200 hits on the blog. I usually average somewhere between 30 to 60 hits! I am committed to telling my story and I will be developing more content moving forward. Mike has even asked to interview me on his show next week! Tune in on Monday at https://www.facebook.com/michael.pulman at 7pm to hear what we have to say.
I’m honored that Jade and Mike have such confidence in me and I will continue to be writing about issues facing the community. I’ll also be sharing content from other content creators to spread the messages that need to be talked about.
On Thursday I was asked to speak about Assistance Dogs for the Animal Care students at UCOL, Palmerston North. I spoke a bit about the legal aspects and definitions of Disability Assist Dogs, what roles that they perform, caring for them and what exactly ADNZ Ben does for me. The students seemed to enjoy the session and asked a few questions. I’m still getting used to the fact I need to take pics or short video clips when I do these presentations so completely forgot to for this presentation! If you would like me to write about Assistance Dogs NZ and Disability Assist Dogs in general, leave me a comment below!
|ADNZ Ben after a busy weekend in the bush in March|
Yesterday I was honored to be asked to speak at Te Hiringa I Te Mahara, the Whanau Room at UCOL, Palmerston North. I was asked to speak on “Personal Motivation”, I always feel slightly odd being asked to do talks such as these as so often they turn into inspiration porn. My take on “personal motivation” is that it doesn’t matter how “inspirational” you find someone to be, that the only person who can motivate you is yourself!
|ADNZ Ben watching Kahu watching him.|
A small group, but I truly believe that the people in the room in front of you on any particular day are the people that are meant to be there. I spoke on some of the things that I am motivated by and some of the strategies that I employ to keep myself motivated, even when things are not going quite to plan. I also spoke to the fact that when we lose sight of keeping all elements of Te Whare Tapa Wha balanced is a contributing factor in losing motivation. We also talked over SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis in a personal context to help you know your personal limitations and at times where some stressors may come from. I really enjoyed this session and the best part for me a student saying to me “You’re not like other motivational speakers, you’d don’t just focus on your achievements”. Thank you to Whaea Erica for the invitation and the consistent support you have offered me, both in my time studying at UCOL last year and since.
|Kahu, myself and Wharea Erica William|