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Inspiring story of learning from adversity

                            Cheryl Bruce

Yorke Peninsula women in business were inspired to hear how a Port Pirie woman has turned adversities and challenges of life into valuable lessons to frame a positive future.

Cheryl Bruce was the speaker at the latest Women in Business Regional Network dinner at the Royal Exchange Hotel, and the focus was on encouraging everyone to learn from adversities such as a pandemic and bushfires and to move forward.

This was the first face-to-face presentation by Cheryl who hopes to inspire others to find courage in the face of adversity.  Hers is a story of a mother supporting a teenage son sent to prison at the age of 19 years, a woman whose hands have been misshapen through arthritis and overwork, a mother who faced some tough decisions when her son became a paraplegic and now a woman who is trying to shape a new life for herself while dealing with a loved one who has dementia.

For many this would break them, but Cheryl has turned her life into a mission to help others faced with similar adversities: to support first time offender families in the justice space and of assisting those with mental health challenges through the Red Cross.

She told of how she found solace in journaling and realised she is stronger than she ever realised.

Cheryl encouraged those present to acknowledge and be kind to themselves, including taking time out.

The next Yorke Peninsula function for the network will be a dinner on Monday, May 31 at the Weerona Hotel in Wallaroo when Demelza Thorpe from Powdermonkey Design will be speaking about small business branding.

At the Kadina Women in Business Regional Network dinner were, at front, guest speaker Cheryl Bruce, Kristy Hanley, Bec Cunningham, Kate Seidel and Lisamarie Agius with, at back, Gaynor Harding, Susanna Philbey, Dianah Walter, Carol Burford, Dee Scown, Deb Purvis and Mariette Rups-Donnelly.