Past Presentations


Ballarat Library_150“Barbara’s talk received positive feedback from the library patrons and the staff who attended. It was inspiring to hear about Barbara facing her medical challenges and the determination she showed in continuing to do the things she loved.”

Katherine Nuttall   City of Ballarat Library

Trafalgar Rotary Club_150“I couldn’t wait to get home after Barbara’s talk at the Rotary Club of Trafalgar to start reading her book “Thank God I Had a Stroke”. I wanted to hear her story again. What an amazing lady who suffered such a life changing stroke and brain tumour and still finds the energy to think and care about others around her as well as to continue writing, painting and inspiring audiences. She is truly an inspiration to all of us.”

Isabel Robertson   President Trafalgar Rotary Club


Rotary Club of Box Hill_250“Barbara – your journey of the past few years since having 2 major health issues (a stroke and a brain tumour) has been quite remarkable. How you have come through that successfully and continued to lead, what can only be called a remarkable life and career, is quite amazing. Your story is very inspirational and heartening especially for those of us who, at times, feel challenged by life`s obstacles, these, in the main, upon reflection, seem quite minor in comparison to what you have had to deal with. May you go from strength to strength in the years ahead.”

Simon Wheelton. Program Director, Rotary Club of Box Hill

“Many thanks to you and Peter for attending our Club meeting this evening. All went well and everyone in attendance really appreciated your presentation; I especially enjoyed yours and Peter’s good humor. Best wishes to you with your future endeavors.”

Timothy Winter – Rotary Club of Box Hill

Rotary Club Brunswick_04_Cropped_150“Barbara, I must admit that when I first heard the topic of your talk, I was a little apprehensive – how could you honestly be thankful for a stroke?  But when you gave your inspiring and heart-warming talk to explain that it is important to look to what you can do rather than what you cannot do, and concentrate on the positive, I was all with you – what a wonderful attitude to have.”

Karin Penttila – Secretary, Rotary Club of Brunswick