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League of Friends of the Blind est. 1932/3

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Executive Committee

Warren Farmer

President:
Ds. Warren Farmer

Philip Bam

Vice President:
Rev. Philip Bam

Ebrahiem Hendricks

Treasurer:
Adv Ebrahiem Hendricks

Audrey Jacobs

Member:
Mrs. Audrey Jacobs

Sanele Nyoka

Member:
Mr. Sanele Nyoka

Alan Kotschoba

Member:
Mr. Alan Kotschoba

Brent James

Member:
Mr. Brent James

Kurt Miller

Member:
Mr. Kurt Miller

Management

Armand Bam

Armand Bam

Executive Director

Armand Bam is the current Executive Director since 2013. He has been involved with the organisation from his childhood as a volunteer. He has a keen interest in community development focussing on disability, sport and environmental issues. He recently completed training in Design Thinking, holds a honours degree in Biokinetics, Post Graduate Diploma in Management Practice, Master’s degree in Disability Studies and is currently working towards completing his PhD in Business Administration. His studies relates directly to the intersectionality and employment experiences of persons with disabilities in business. 

Armand is also a member of Lion’s International (Kirstenbosch), trustee of the Cape Town Environmental Trust (CTEET) and has extensive experience in project managing grass roots sport and recreation programmes in Africa. He is currently the Global Development Director for World Blind Cricket (Ltd) and President of Blind Cricket South Africa (BCSA) and has previously been a committee member of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) futsal sub committee.

Shahiemah Edwards

Shahiemah Edwards

Director: Administration and Logistics

Shahiemah Edwards started at LOFOB in 1984 bringing with her secretarial expertise.  Her excellent administration abilities soon saw her becoming the nerve centre of the administration in a time when the organisation was developing into a leading service provider in the field of blindness. When the workload of the then General Secretary/Manager increased she was appointed as his Personal Assistant.  

As the organisation grew and restructured she was later appointed as Director: Administration and Logistics, the position which she stills holds to this day.  She is totally committed and dedicated to LOFOB and the community it serves.

In 2004 she was part of the organising committee of the World Blind Union Conference held in Cape Town. She attended the World Blind General Assembly as LOFOB delegate in Geneva 2008.  She is also the Secretary of Western Province Blind Cricket and brought her dynamic organising skills to the local organising committee of the Blind Cricket World Cup held in Cape Town in 2014. She also represented LOFOB on two occasions as delegate to the SANCB Biennial Conferences. She is motivated by her desire to serve and is always humbled by blind people’s perseverance towards striving for independence.   Helping to grow LOFOB remains an inspiration for her continued service to the organisation. Being part of a dynamic organisational renewal and reconstruction team moves her to eagerness to come to work every day and offer more than is required. 

Benita Petersen

Benita Petersen

Manager

Benita graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and joined the organisation in 1998.  Between 1998 and 2008she held the position of Occupational Therapist in LOFOB’s Early Childhood Development and Independence Development departments. Here she worked directly with children and adults who are blind and visually impaired and their families across the Western Cape. Currently, she manages the wide range of support services LOFOB provides to blind and visually impaired children and their families as the Manager: Service to children.  

Benita graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and joined the organisation in 1998.  Between 1998 and 2008she held the position of Occupational Therapist in LOFOB’s Early Childhood Development and Independence Development departments. Here she worked directly with children and adults who are blind and visually impaired and their families across the Western Cape. Currently, she manages the wide range of support services LOFOB provides to blind and visually impaired children.

Heidi Volkwijn

Heidi Volkwijn

Manager

Heidi’s  journey with LOFOB started at the age of 17 years after losing her sight while writing Grade 11 exams. After various efforts to correct the sight loss and having received the news that nothing can be done, this young lady was brought to LOFOB by Dr Allan Boesak.  

Heidi went through the Independence Training Programme and later became a skills developer, training other blind people to be independent. Heidi excelled at this job and set her sights on higher things and was offered the position of Public Relations Officer, which was the position she held for 12  years. She successfully completed courses in Conference, Exhibition & Event Management as well as the Fundamentals Of Project Management at Damelin College. She has also successfully completed courses in Public Relation at Boston City Campus and Business College and later at UNISA.

Heidi has also served on a number of committees of the South African National Council for the Blind in the Western Cape and at a national level. Heidi was also the link person for South Africa to the World Blind Union Women’s Assembly in 2004 and also delivered a paper on the rights of parenting for persons with disabilities.  In 2008 she also presented a paper on best practice principals for sustaining and developing a community based organization at the World Blind Union General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.  

In October 2016, Heidi was appointed as the Manager: Services To Adults.