FLORAL TRIBUTE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

By Cecelia Taylor

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Each May, Queensland marks Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, themed ‘Domestic and Family Violence – Not Now Not Ever’, to raise community awareness of the issue and to send a clear message that this violence will not be tolerated. On Thursday, a representative of the Caboolture Domestic Violence Service presented a floral exhibition to Bribie Island and District Neighbourhood Centre, where it will be exhibited along the front entry walk during the month of May.

These lovely hand-crafted flowers are a gift to the Moreton Bay community to say ‘Thank you for keeping our region safe’. They were created by women and their families who have been affected by domestic and family violence as representations of how women can go on to grow, blossom and stand tall after experiencing domestic and family violence. Symbolically, the flowers are an ‘Expression of feelings, our message of blossoming, flowers that grow, taking us beyond domestic violence (Anon)’.

They have been transformed from used bottles to formations of colourful beauty and grace, standing independently or connected together in support of each other, depicting the changing of lives, re-emerging through recovery and healing. The colourful display can be viewed at the Centre at 9 Verdoni Street, Bellara.


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A highly successful sales and leadership career working in a number of different and very competitive industries. Engaging with decision makers at all levels in business and government. Three decades employed by corporations, SME businesses in senior roles and almost twelve years operating as a freelance contractor has equipped me well for all aspects of business. Whether leading and mentoring sales teams, or in a direct sales role I enjoy the challenge to meet and exceed expectations. Making a real and tangible difference in either a team environment or as an individual is an important personal goal I have consistently achieved throughout my career. In all of my business and personal dealings over the years there is one issue that stands out above all others - communication. Excellent communication skills creates trust, helps with mutually beneficial outcomes and above all cements long lasting positive relationships. I strive everyday to communicate effectively with the people I encounter.