Dr Theresa Smith-Ruig

PhD, B Com (Hons) – New South Wales

Dr Theresa Smith-Ruig I have a Bachelor of Commerce Honours and a PhD from the University of New England and a Diploma in financial Planning. I am currently employed as a senior lecturer in the UNE Business School and teach at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level in the areas of human resource management, and general management. 

I have been vision impaired since the age of 10. I am married with two small children and live in regional NSW. These personal circumstances have given me considerable experience of, and understanding for the issues faced by people who are blind or have low vision. 

My passion for advocating for the rights of people who are vision impaired began in 2003 when I joined the Board of Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), where I served as a director until 2005. I served as Vice President of BCA in 2005. I also served as an Australian delegate to the World Blind Union in 2004. 

I was elected to the board of Vision Australia in 2007. During my term on the board, I have served as a member of the Human Resources Committee. My academic expertise and personal experience with blindness enables me to make a meaningful contribution to the governance and strategic direction of VA. I perform my duties as a director with considerable passion and diligence, and appreciate the opportunity to give back to the blindness community through this role. I look forward to continuing to serve in the best interests of all members and stakeholders, and most of all, enhancing the lives of people who are blind or vision impaired.
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