Jennifer Brain received the Queens Service Medal in 2007 for services to the New Zealand Deaf Community. Jennifer is well known for her leadership with the New Zealand Association for the Deaf (NZAD). Jennifer became the first Deaf Leadership Tutor promoting community and Deaf youth leadership, before becoming the first Deaf Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Through her work, Jennifer was ahead of her time with the strategic planning of many Deaf community projects including Deaf awareness and Deaf leadership. She advocated for Deaf rights, education and the improvement of communication between Deaf and hearing people. Her tireless efforts strengthened the Association to become a Deaf-led organisation.
Jennifer Brain, the President of the New Zealand Association of the Deaf (NZAD) presents their monthly newsletter in NZSL.
Opening ceremony and events at the 16th World Games for the Deaf, Christchurch 1989.
National Foundation for the Deaf produce a promotional video explaining their role and the purpose of their member organisations.
A look at the work of the New Zealand Association of the Deaf, presented by Judy Bailey.
Two weeks after 'The Remand of Ivan Curry' screens on TV1, Police Commissioner John Jamieson meets with Jennifer Brain to work out better procedures for dealing with Deaf people in custody.
The Deaf Association of New Zealand opens its new offices on Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland in November 1999.
The 50th birthday of Ivan Tamepo - a respected Deaf elder – is celebrated at ADS, with a karanga, powhiri, waitaia and celebrations in the back hall and upstairs clubroom.
A farewell party is thrown for John and Laura Hunt at the Auckland Deaf Society, prior to their move to Melbourne. The farewell was attended by over 100 members of the Auckland Deaf community.
“A Deaf Child in the Family” is an award-winning film which shows authentic scenes from Deaf education centres at Kelston, St Dominics and Sumner, produced as a resource for families of deaf children.
A documentary outlining the case of Ivan Curry who, in 1988, was arrested and tried for the murder of his baby nephew. The documentary explores the case and in particular the plight of Ivan Curry who was remanded without bail for 15 months awaiting trial, as well as the difficulty Deaf people face navigating the justice system.
'See What I Mean' presents two real-life stories: the story of a family who were all born Deaf, and a journalist who loses her hearing. It offers positive advice about hearing loss as well as celebrating the New Zealand Deaf community.