I know that I’m in a community of trailblazers when a month to celebrate individuals must carry on for months to follow. Deepak George was selected as one of our Ambassador Spellebrities, people who are community builders, connectors and spreading the benefits of spelling and typing. As I quickly learned, Deepak is quite the trailblazer in his South African community of Pretoria.
Deepak and I met during a hot South African afternoon and a dull Ontario morning on video. Deepak with a water bottle in hand, me with tea. I enjoyed learning about Deepak’s journey with spelling and some of his thoughts, dreams and ideas.
What’s something you want someone to know about you?
I’m the first speller in South Africa.
What makes you most proud of yourself?
My ability to spell.
Nicola, Deepak’s S2C Practitioner said that Deepak’s dedication and effort has paved the way for many other spellers in his community.
What would you say are the top three ways spelling has affected your life?
- It has given me the ability to express myself
- I am able to get an education
- My relationships have improved.
Imagine a map of the world. Where does your mind’s eye land and why?
India. It is my home. It is my destiny to reach their silent.
What song lifts you up (figuratively and/or literally)?
Stop in the Name of Love by the Supremes
Who inspires you and how would you want to inspire others?
My mother because she never gives up. I want to be an example to others who can’t speak.
You have been identified as an inspiration to the spellerverse. Describe a scene from our future world in which nonspeakers are fully recognized and included.
Life with boards everywhere! It should become the norm to place a board in all areas like malls and routine stops.
What is your wish for the nonspeaking community?
To live great lives. To find their voices is crucial to making this happen. I will pave the way for those who are still stuck inside.
Deepak George is a speller in Pretoria, South Africa. He is energetic, changing the world and always listening.