Dawn De Pew Hartog

Diversity leader, firefighter, thriving in chaos. It takes a special type of person to be a first responder. To witness tragedy, death, injury and unspeakable horror through everything from fires and floods, to accidents and acts of terror. But like many high-stakes vocations, those who choose to take on that responsibility are those who not…

Short stories: Lauren D’Aran

Who or what currently inspires you? Graceful rollerblading baes.Movies from other eras – especially 70s & 80s. What has been your proudest moment so far? Smashing a rainbow piñata in half and exploding candy everywhere. What makes you the happiest? Dinner parties with close friends.The opening titles of a new movie at the cinema.The smell…

Leanne Hunter

Teacher, spa maven, mother. This was a bit of a special interview for me, because this is my mum, Leanne. Now this might seem like a little bit of nepotism, and my sister will most definitely call me a suck up, but my mum is one of the people in my life who has inspired…

Short stories: Daniel Paproth

Who or what currently inspires you? Honestly, and I know this might sound crass, but myself! Looking back over my progress, and ability to do and think and achieve what I never previously entertained, keeps me topped up. Also – seeing friends and family kick goals. What has been your proudest moment so far? Establishing…

Rose Cuff

Mental health advocate, heart of gold, eternal optimist. Rose Cuff is an eternal optimist. Which is hard to believe when, over the 34 years of her career working in mental health and the last 25 working with children and families where a parent has a mental health challenge, she has been the keeper of a…

Short stories: Laura Batty

Who or what currently inspires you? Honestly, right now, there’s not a lot inspiring me. People who are still managing to advocate for what they believe in or do nice things for the world inspire me. And Instagram accounts that show real people, real moments, and real emotions 🙂 What has been your proudest moment…

Dr. Claire Madden

Vet, creating her future, protecting wildlife. A career working with animals has got to be up there with most desired jobs – being surrounded by cuddly critters all day as a veterinarian or a zoo keeper the dream for many children. What they don’t tell you at age eight, is that it’s a hard, long…

Dr. Manon Jenkins

Doctor, integrating wellness, striving for excellence. It’s very well documented now that mental wellbeing and physical illness are directly interlinked. So it comes as no surprise that many medical professionals are integrating elements of mindfulness, not only into their own lives, but the way in which they provide care to their patients. Manon Jenkins may…

Yels

Connector, serving others, vibrating on high. People’s eyes light up when they talk about Yels. In the words of her good friend and fellow Storyteller Claire Kenna, Yels is “a bloody legend who is very real, very genuine and is very sincerely passionate about making this world a better place. Yels is the friend everyone…

Bethany Tyler

Athlete, performer, harnessing inner strength. How many of you out there have seen a competitive pole dancing routine? I’m not talking about some Hollywood re-enactment of a seedy strip club. A high level, high energy competition. If so, you may have noticed the mind-blowing skill of these elite athletes, who are at peak fitness and…