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CAM CALKOEN: BENDING PERCEPTIONS, INSPIRING CHANGE

YES DISABILITY SUPPORT CENTRE: NEWS Cam Calkoen is an inspirational speaker who is bending perceptions to inspire change and an attitude of awesomeness through simple, lasting human truths. Passionate about the Shore, this column reflects the awesomeness that surrounds us and the potential we all have to achieve a personal best.

Ready, Fire, Aim “In the past 15 years that I’ve been working, I’ve called myself “a blind man riding on the back of a blind tiger. Those experts riding horses, they all fell. We survived because we worried about the future. We believed in the future. We changed ourselves” - Jack Ma (Alibaba's visionary-in-chief). Sometimes in life we get presented with opportunities or we have thoughts and we’ve just got to go for them on what we positively feel and believe rather than wait for the perfect time. Earlier this year I was sitting around with my good friend Joe. Joe has done incredible things in business and always wanted to be a speaker, a coach, a mentor. I’ve never seen him operate in any of these capacities but every time I am around him I feel inspired and appreciate his unique and inspired ways of looking at the world. I trusted my gut and was impressed by the fact that as soon as he decided he wanted to be a speaker he had a speaking gig one month later in Los Angeles at an event with 500+ leaders from the freighting world. Joe is the master of shooting then aiming and in this fast moving world it is this that creates the perfect result – a journey of discovery. If we always do what we know, then we don’t know what we could become. As soon as Joe and I saw the potential of working together we dreamt the dream of what we could achieve… working in Los Angeles and New York. With that we bought our tickets and simply worked backwards from the most desired result which in turn formed the company ‘Perception Lab’, saw us presenting at a conference in New Zealand, organising meetings and establishing events. At the time this column is published we will be in the United States of America doing things we’ve never done together in a place we’ve never been together, but driven by a vision we truly believe in: ‘enhancing what people see’. Is this scary? Heck yes. But from the words of Alibaba's Jack Ma maybe trusting what we know rather than been able to see everything is our biggest strength; in worrying about what we don’t have we’ve grown greater confidence in what we do have (it’s the only option). We started with the future we believed in and everything else fell into place. Along the way not everything has worked but through trial and error comes innovation and change and it is these things that keep us all on the edge, and on the edge rather than on the plateau, on the tiger rather than on the horse is a more exciting place to be. So what does it look like when we all embrace those opportunities that are in front of us today and while we desire a successful result as a true measure of our efforts, it is the ride or the journey that builds our everyday life and provides excitement for the hour, day, week, month, year ahead. Enjoy your awesomeness.

New Partners at YES Disability Resource Centre The Blind Foundation is moving into the YES Disability Resource Centre, establishing a base here on the North Shore. This is exciting news for people with sight impairments north of the bridge. The Foundation provides practical and emotional support for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision, helping them face the future with confidence. We look forward to welcoming them officially on 1st October. Meanwhile we have builders and plumbers in at YES giving us a spruce up ready for our new house mates. Not just The Blind Foundation but also Achilles NZ joins the House. We are welcoming Achillies NZ new North team to YES, hot-desking and joining the ever-growing groups of providers that can ensure people with disabilities and their families living in Auckland North West have easy local access to these amazing services.

The Foundation provide practical and emotional support for Kiwis who are blind or have low vision… Yes Disability Resource Centre is a first stop shop for information for the one in four new Zealanders living with a disability, their family / whanau and caregivers. We’re called ‘Yes’ because in a moment of need people are looking for an answer and if we don’t have the answer then we we’re going to do what New Zealanders are famous for and innovate. Our team believes everyone is entitled to dream and to fulfill that dream. Yes Disability Resource Centre. Phone 09 414 5360, info@yesdisability.org.nz or by visiting our website www.yesdisability.org.nz

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