1st and founding General Assembly

The decision to form a world federation of deafblind was made at the 6th Helen Keller World Conference in Paipa, Colombia, September 13 – 19, 1997. After many years of work the conference delegates considered that time was ripe to take the step to found the World Federation of the Deafblind, WFDB. The conference appointed a committee that would prepare the first and founding general assembly of WFDB, which was to be held in connection with the 7th Helen Keller Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, in October 2001. An executive council was elected with Stig Ohlson (Sweden) as President; Daniel Alvarez-Reyes (Spain) as Vice-President; Lex Grandia (Denmark) as Secretary General and Jeffrey Bohrman (USA) as Treasurer. In addition, six regional representatives were elected to represent their respective regions.

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WFDB 2nd General Assembly was held in Tampere, Finland, in June 2005. There were 36 voting members present from five of the six regions. A new Executive Council was elected with Lex Grandia (Denmark) as President, Sonnia Margarita Villacrés (Ecuador) as Vice-President, André van Deventer (South Africa) as Secretary General and Gunborg Lindström (Sweden) as Treasurer, Christer Nilsson (Sweden) took over as Treasurer March 2008. The six regional representatives are: Africa: David Shaba (Tanzania), Asia: Satoshi Fukushima (Japan), Europe: Sanja Tarczay (Croatia), Latin America: Beatriz Vallejo (Colombia); North America: Jeff Bohrman (USA), Pacific: Janette Scahill (New Zealand) until 18th July 2006, Irene McMinn (Australia) took over in December 2007.

WFDB 3rd General Assembly

WFDB 3rd General Assembly was held Munyonyo, Uganda in October 2009. There were 42 voting members present from five of six regions. The Executive Council was elected with, Lex Grandia (Denmark) as President until 19th April 2012, Sonnia Margarita (Ecuador) as Vice-President, acting President from 20th April 2012, Geir Jensen (Norway) as Secretary General, Christer Nilsson (Sweden) as Treasurer. The six regional representatives are: Africa: Ezekiel Kumwenda (Malawi), Asia: Satoshi Fukushima (Japan), Europe: Sanja Tarczay (Croatia), Latin America: Alejandra Carranza (Argentina), North-America: Jeffrey Bohrman (USA), Pacific: Irene McMinn (Australia). The 4th GA will be held in the Manila area, Philippines October/November 2013.

WFDB 4th General Assembly

WFDB 4th General Assembly was held in Tagaytay on the Philippines 10-11 of November 2013. There were 31 voting members present from five of six regions. A new Executive Council was elected with Geir Jensen (Norway) as President, Sonnia Margarita (Ecuador) as Vice-President, Akiko Fukuda (Japan) as Secretary General, Christer Nilsson (Sweden) as Treasurer. The six regional representatives are: Africa: Ezekiel Kumwenda (Malawi), Asia: Satoshi Fukushima (Japan), Europe: Riku Virttanen (Finland), Latin America: Carlos Rodriguez (Brazil), North-America: Christopher Woodfill (USA), Pacific: Irene McMinn (Australia).

There was no invitation for the 5th GA so the WFDB EC has to work with to find place and time.

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An application to hold the 5th WFDB GA have come from the Spanish Deafblind organization ASOCIDE (from 2015 FASOCIDE), through their President Francisco J Trigueros Molina, that they are willing to hold next GA and Helen Keller Conference in June 2018. They plan also to Celibrate the memory of Helen Keller and her life on the 27th of June. In 2018 is it 50 years since she died.

WFDB EC have had discussion via e-mail and took the discission to accept the invitation FASOCIDE. Christer Nilsson will be WFDB´s contact person with the host in Spain for preparation of the next GA.

List of EC-members, Auditors and Election Committee members 1997-2018

List of the Provisional Committee for the period 1997 – 2001.

Elected at the 6th Helen Keller World Conference, Paipa , Colombia, 13–19 October 1997.

Provisional Committee

Acting Chairman of the committee: Stig Ohlson, Sweden

Acting Vice Chairman of the committee: Roderick McDonald, USA

Editor of the Newsletter for the deafblind: Lex Grandia, Denmark

Member: Daniel Alvarez Reyes, Spania

Member: André van Deventer, Sør-Afrika

Member: Irene McMinn, Australia

Member: Yolanda de Rodriguez, Colombia

Member: Jane Erikson, Sweden

  

Election Committee for the 1st GA 2001

Chairman: Jan Jakes, Czech Republic

Member: André van Deventer, South Africa

Member: Jan Scahill, New Zealand

List of EC-members, auditors and election committee members for the period 2001 – 2005.

Elected by WFDB’s 1st General Assembly, Auckland, New Zealand, 11 – 12 October 2001.

  1. Executive Council

PresidentStig Ohlson, Sweden

Vice PresidentDaniel Alvarez Reyes, Spain

Secretary General: Lex Grandia, Denmark

TreasurerJeffrey S. Bohrmann, USA                   

Regional representatives                                

Africa: David Shaba, Tanzania

Asia: Satoshi Fukushima, Japan

Europa: Sanja Tarczay, Croatia

Latin America: Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, Ecuador

North America: Craig McClean, USA

Pacific region: Sven Topp, Australia

2. Auditors

Jozef Mendrun, Poland

Robbie Van Eck, South Africa

3. Election Committee for the 2nd GA 2005              

Chairman: Jan Jakes, Czech Republic

Member: André van Deventer, South Africa

Member: Jan Scahill, New Zealand

List of EC-members, auditors and election committee members for the period 2005 – 2009.

Elected by WFDB’s 2nd General Assembly, Tampere, Finland, 5 – 7 June 2005.

1.   Executive Council

PresidentLex Grandia, Denmark

Vice President: Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, Ecuador

Secretary General: André van Deventer, South Africa

Treasurer:

2005 -2006: Gunborg Lindström, Sweden

2006 -2007: Stig Ohlson, Sweden

from March 2008-: Christer Nilsson, Sweden

Regional Representatives

Africa: David Shaba, Tanzania

Asia: Satoshi Fukushima, Japan

Europa: Sanja Tarczay, Croatia

Latin America: Beatriz Vallejo, Colombia

North America: Jeffrey Bohrman, United States of America

Pacific region: Jan Scahill, New Zealand, died 18July 2006, Irene McMinn, Australia, from December 2007

2. Auditors                             

Geir Jensen, Norway

Robbie Van Eck, South Africa

3.Election Committee for the 3rd GA 2009

Chairman: Dimitar Parapanov, Bulgaria

Member: José Llong, Peru

Member: Jan Jakes, Czech Republic

List of EC-members, auditors and election committee members for the period 2009 – 2013.

Elected by WFDB’s 3rd General Assembly, Munyonyo, Uganda, 26 – 27 October 2009.

1.   Executive Council

President: Lex Grandia, Denmark, died 19 April 2012

from May 2012: Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, Ecuador,

Vice President: Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, Ecuador

Secretary General: Geir Jensen, Norway

Treasurer: Christer Nilsson, Sweden

Regional Representatives

Africa: Ezekiel Kumwenda, Malawi

Asia: Satoshi Fukushima, Japan

Europa: Sanja Tarczay, Croatia

Latin America: Alejandra Carranza, Argentina

North America: Jeffrey Bohrman, United States of America

Pacific region: Irene McMinn, Australia

2. Auditors                                               

Dimitar Parapanov, Bulgaria

Agnes Abukito, Uganda

3. Election Committee for the 4th GA 2013               

Chairman: Riku Virtanen, Finland

MemberDavid Shaba, Tanzania

Member: Myriam Torres, Venezuela

List of EC-members, auditors and election committee members for the period 2013 – 2018.

Elected by WFDB’s 4th General Assembly, Tagaytay, Philippines, 10 – 11 October 2013.

1. Executive Council

President: Geir Jensen, Norway

Vice President: Sonnia Margarita Villacrés, Ecuador

Secretary General: Akiko Fukada, Japan

Treasurer: Christer Nilsson, Sweden

Regional Representatives

Africa: Ezekiel Kumwenda, Malawi

Asia: Satoshi Fukushima, Japan

Europa: Riku Virtanen, Finland

Latin America: Carlos Rodrigues, Brazil

North America: Christopher Woodfill, United States of America

Pacific region: Irene McMinn, Australia

2. Auditors

Dimitar Parapanov, Bulgaria

Agnes Abukito, Uganda

3. Election Committee for the 5th GA 2018