Photo: Physio NZ Workshop
It has been a year of turmoil, disruption, separation, cancellations, and disappointment but despite these challenges, the PSB have finished on a wonderful high.
For World AIDS Day we had lots of media interest which resulted in a piece TV One News segment by Michael Stevens, HIV and COVID pandemic. Ben braved a live RadioActive FM interview and talked about the Maori Stigma Index. Marguerite was part of NZAF event in Christchurch themed around Remembrance, Awareness and Hope, NZAF Ending HIV launched their “Ask Me Anything” campaign where 3 of our speakers shared their answers on Instagram, and we presented to the nationwide Southern Cross Group and Tower Insurance staff. In November, we spoke at the NZ Blood Services workshops and Physio NZ had us along to do an education session with their team too. “Marguerite was so open, honest and informative and it will allow us to hopefully help in breaking down some of the misinformation and misconceptions in our communities!” Robyn Bayley, Managing Director, Physio NZ.
So a busy but very successful time indeed. Well done and thank you to everyone involved directly and indirectly.
Planning for 2022 is already underway and later this week we will be sending out the draft PSB Strategic Plan for feedback. We really hope to see the return of some of our most cherished HIV events and for us that will be getting back to our face to face talks, rescheduling our Whakataki New Speakers Training Programme and continuing our skills and knowledge development.
We want to take this opportunity to thank all the PSB Speakers for their mahi this year. You have adapted and made things work, even with the impossible. You have taken cancellations on the chin and made zoom work. You are committed professionals and I am immensely proud. Nga mihi nui!
Safe and happy holidays folks.
The office will be closed over the holidays but we are always talking bookings so if you would like to have someone from the PSB come and speak at your workplace/school/event, reach out through our website www.positivespeakers.org.nz - this is a free, nationwide, service.