per a core group decision reached earlier this year, JP, having played
an interesting and very useful innings, culminating in NC 2013, will be
stepping down and handing the baton to Mr Manimaran, the new Coordinator
TISA on 4th October, the first day of NC 2013. Let us welcome Mr
Manimaran and thank JP for all that he has contributed to us
unreservedly! He will continue to participate and guide as a core group
member, we are sure.
Let me also capture and share with you a very brief highlight of
last 2 years: JP initiated the idea of National conference and worked
very hard to set up the first one in Bhubaneshwar. His inputs in the
second conference at Coorg (Bangalore) were also much appreciated. Behind
the scenes, he was doing follow up of the new participants in these
conferences and making sure that they truly felt welcome in this diverse
but growing community. His other major contribution was oversight and
maintenance of our online assets: maintaining the website (stammer.in),
its renewal and transfer to the new host, Facebook page, blog etc. He
has been answering INNUMERABLE emails and phone inquiries from pws and
their families, looking for information and help. He has counseled many
pws in person, over phone and emails.
Another salient event was, JP representing us in “Diversity in
workplace” conference in Hong Kong. Thanks to Pawas, this networking has initiated an
ongoing collaboration, with Vivek participating in a similar workshop in
Mumbai, this year. Networking with other organizations has been his
learning, his wisdom. He is also a very good facilitator for workshops
like Communication Workshop and SHG sessions. Check out these links:
course, JP’s association with TISA began much earlier in 2008 from Pune
SHG where he was able to start a SHG at his workplace,
followed by a 6 month sabbatical where he worked full time with TISA (then, Samagra). He
inducted in core team in August 2010.
His detailed bio is available here:
think, if we all work together, a coordinator can do so much more for us. Let us continue giving our best to the new Coordinator, Mr Manimaran, so
that together, we can touch new heights and make self-help a tangible
reality in this country.