Meet the Vicdeaf Team - Moon Feris

Welcome to the first edition of our 'Meet the Vicdeaf Team'. This segment is a new feature in our Communicate e-Newsletter that is sent out quarterly and contains news from Vicdeaf, the local and international Deaf community. The first Vicdeaf staff member we are featuring is our new Language Services Manager, Moon Feris! 

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Malaysia. My Mum is Australian and my Dad is Chinese. They met in Australia but relocated to live in Malaysia where I was born. We all relocated to Melbourne when I was two and half years old. I grew up in Melbourne.

Do you have a nickname?
My nickname is Moonie.

What is your favourite hobby and what do you do in your spare time?
I love the outdoors so I enjoy swimming, camping, hiking, and skiing. I love to read as well, so if anyone wants recommendations for books to read – ask away. Creative pursuits are great for the soul, so I try to do these as well.

What is your role at Vicdeaf?
I am the Language Services Manager for Auslan Connections under VicDeaf. I manage the booking office, staff interpreters, and freelance interpreters.

If you have any feedback, positive or negative – please feel free to share that with me. Auslan Connections wants to work with you to ensure that your interpreting needs are met and that you receive the best possible service.

Something that we don't know about you?
My Mum decided to use sign language when she found out I was Deaf at 6 months old. The reason why she decided to use sign language is because she knew that I would miss out so much if I didn’t have access to sign language because I could not hear anything. Also, when my Mum was growing up, she met Deaf people who looked so happy when they used sign language versus those who were not able to sign. I am very thankful for that because she gave me full access to communication and language. 

I am fluent in Auslan, English, and ASL. I also am familiar with BSL. I always enjoy watching interpreters at an International conference because it is fascinating to see how interpreting occurs in different sign languages.

What is your favourite sporting team?
I am a Collingwood fan.

What is your favourite Quote?
Your imagination is the best thing you have, and if you can imagine then you can create. I always want a better world for everyone!

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