Telethon Speech and Hearing’s Geoff Reader gets prestigious award

TSH Deputy principal Geoff Reader accepting his award from Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.
TSH Deputy principal Geoff Reader accepting his award from Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.

TELETHON Speech and Hearing’s (TSH) Deputy Principal Geoff Reader has received the Dr Harry Blackmore award for supporting the deaf and hard of hearing community.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby presented Mr Reader with the award at Deafness Council WA’s Hearing Awareness week launch last month.

Working as a tutor, note taker, teacher of the deaf and now deputy principal, Mr Reader has had an astonishing 35-year work history dedicated to ensuring every child affected by hearing loss is given the best education for success in life.

“I started in the early ‘80s with some volunteer work,” Mr Reader said.

“It’s been a real honour for me to work at the centre for so many years – I’ve worked with amazing people – it’s all about people.

His work includes being a central figure in TSH’s school support program for primary and secondary school-aged children with hearing loss.

Mr Reader has also contributed to research over the years, helping many professionals improve services for deaf and hard of hearing children, and their families.