About Us

Regular Deaf Club

Currently WDS does not have a building, however, we still meet up regularly at various locations around Wellington. We also have special events held throughout the year – ones to look forward to are: the Christmas Party, Family Picnic, Wellington Poker Championships, Anniversary celebrations amongst many more. We are always open to ideas for special events – get in touch if you have one!  

Check out our events page for information on upcoming events. If you have an event you think the Wellington Deaf and NZSL community would be interested in, get in touch and we can put it on this website, monthly newsletter and our Facebook page.

We welcome everyone to our Deaf Club and special events – members and non members regardless of whether you are Deaf, hard of hearing, a friend or family member.

The Board

The Board is elected by the members every year at the AGM.  The Board usually has a President, Secretary as well as five committee members. We also have a Management Team that assists the Board with the management of WDS.

Our current Board is:

President: Darryl Alexander

Secretary: Brent Burcher

Committee: Sara Pivac Alexander, Jackie Overall, Jake LaBerge, Ryan Cassidy
Co-opt members: Zoe Ferguson (youth), Anton Sammons (AMPSCI) 

The Board meets regularly to discuss matters related to the management of WDS. For more information on the makeup of WDS please get in touch with us, or refer to our constitution which can be found here.

The Management Team consists of:

Treasurer: Robert Cameron

Grants Officer: Joanne Becker

Newsletter Editor: Chuck Odsey.

Life Members

We have a number of members that we have awarded the honour of being a life member, due to their commitment to Wellington Deaf Society over a long period of time. Our Life Members are:

Janette Smith
Tony Walton
Kaz Witko
Pam Witko
Maureen Tompson
Robert Cameron
Alex Jones
Tony Kuklinski
Eric Blum

Award Winners


Poker Championship: Tony Walton
Amazing Race Winners: LaFeckers team (Craig Becker, Joanne Becker, Oliver Ferguson, Zoe Ferguson)
See our newsletter for picnic winners


Poker Championship: Ben Webb
Amazing race - Progressing
Toilet seat of the year: Oliver Ferguson
Picnic - see old newsletter

2017 - Processing


Poker Championship: Amber Shaw
Amazing Race Winners: Leighton, Wenda, Nate and Kerala


Poker Championship: Jared Flitcroft
Toilet Seat of the Year (awarded at the annual Christmas Party to the most popular person/person who has shown dedication to the Deaf Club): Kaz Witko
Amazing Race Winners: Team made up of Jake LaBerge, Craig Becker, Jared Flitcroft and Gabriel LaBerge

Family Picnic:
Tug of War (Men): Cam Ross, Jake LaBerge, Jamie Kuklinski, Eric Blum
Tug of War (Women): Sara Pivac Alexander, Fallon Simchowitz, Pollyanna Ferguson, Theresa Cooper, Shannon Krogmann
Egg and Spoon (Under 5): Dario Alexander, Joey Alexander, Liam Cooper
Egg and Spoon (Over 5): Matthew Janse Van Vuuren, Chloe Janse Van Vuuren, Finn Witko
Egg and Spoon (Women): Katie McMenamin, Theresa Cooper, Fallon Simchowitz
Egg and Spoon (Men): Cameron Ross, Jamie Kuklinski, Kaz Witko


Poker Championship: Jared Flitcroft
Toilet Seat of the Year: Eric Blum

 Wellington Deaf Society is a registered charity. Your support through donations, fundraising and volunteering makes a difference and is greatly appreciated. 

Incorporated Society INC216211 | Registered Charity CC33206