On the Community Heroes Podcast we talk to individuals and groups that are doing incredible things within their communities, locally and globally. We celebrate the stories of these unique individuals that are using their superpowers to create positive change through the areas of medicine, health, personal development, ethnic cultures, breaking down barriers of societies beliefs and much, much more.
Every episode is designed to show you that one person taking one action can create a positive impact and massive change.
#43| Master of Art by Mr Joy Bomb with Alen Kasumovic
Alen is an unstoppable force; he is Mr Joy Bomb! From Zagreb, Croatia, Alen had every reason to feel like a victim. Born with Arthrogryposis, he cannot walk and has a limited range of motion in his hands. However, Alen never had the point of view that he is a victim: To quote him:
“I never judged my body for not being able to walk and do stuff others do.I was always comfortable in looking different.” Since he can’t use his hands as others do, he uses his mouth to paint, take photos, type on the laptop and phone with my lips and a lot of other things - basically, his mouth are his hands!”
It was with Alen’s exceptional drive and determination that saw him accepted to the prestigious Fine Arts Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. From there, his talent and conviction led to his work being shown in multiple cities across the globe.
Alen is a creator and a seeker, he is never still and always craves more!
“For Alen, nothing is impossible. He invites others to the possibility of creating change in their own lives.”
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#42 | Walking Around Australia for Beyond Blue with Warren Wright
Warren Wright from Tamworth New South Wales has always loved challenging himself and helping people out. He is a qualified personal trainer and has also worked in the nursing industry for 26 year's.
During his life Warren has experienced moments of mental health challenges and Beyond Blue was always there for him when he needed it the most. The caring, understanding and help staff were pivotal in providing him solutions and action steps to help get my mental health back on track.
Being an adventurer at heart, Warren has pledged to walk over 40,000 kms around Australia to raise awareness of mental health and money for Beyond Blue.
Warren left his home town on the 21st of September 2020 and predicts that it will take him 3 years to complete the full lap of the incredible country of ours.
So if you see a man with Blue hair and a bright blue buggy please wave or stop by to say hello, it's our mate Wazza.
You can follow along on the journey on his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Wazza-Bluey-2-walk-around-Australia-for-Beyond-Blue-for-mental-health-103109744795053/?notif_id=1610534938136020¬if_t=page_fan&ref=notif
To donate: https://fundraise.beyondblue.org.au/wazzas-walk-around-australia-for-mental-health-and-awareness-for-beyond-blue?fbclid=IwAR0-Ef840dKS7cMMlSTL1ShUQjtlfp3BToAb-Rl_Viz3OPiDgFDS9XNs1nQ
#41 | Breaking the limitations of education with Martina Geromin
Today we hear from the incredibly inspiring CEO & Co-Founder of School Beyond Limitations Martina Geromin. For Martina Education has always been part of her life. As a 5 years old child she dreamed of becoming first a teacher and then a school leader who would take care of her own creation. She wanted to make space for the wonder of learning and knowledge, for the beauty of each single individual – something that deeply inside her felt like being the most important purpose of life: finding her/his own potential and making it available to oneself and society as a whole.
Martina fulfilled her childhood dreams and became an expert in education, knowledge management and leadership. As a teacher, university lecturer, trainer, adult educator and executive in international educational institutions. Her motivation has always been and continues to be, committed to helping each person realize their uniqueness and bring it to the world. Having worked internationally, she sees education and personal development as the vehicle for real change.
One day she called me (I was a participant of one of her marketing coaching courses), by asking me: ‘Martina, where does your heart belong to?’ Promptly I answered that it beats for education and giving young students the opportunity to live their full potential.
After 30 years in the field Martina was asked by a good friend Katharina & now business partner ‘Wouldn’t it be possible to create an online school?’
That was the starting point for the creation and the design of School Beyond Limitations: A school that would see the student as a whole human being – a school that would go beyond limitations.
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#40 | Finding your powerful voice with Louise Mahler
Your voice, your body language and your mindset create the unconscious messages that undermine your presence. Dr Mahler trains these to deliver confident messages instead. She will give you the authentic manner of a leader who commands respect whether you are negotiating an eight-figure sale, presiding over a boardroom meeting, pitching for new business, being interviewed or trying to inspire the crowd from a stage.
Dr Louise Mahler, is one of the most original thinkers in business communication today. Louise began her further education studies with an economics degree majoring in statistics, it’s an interesting journey of how she has now become an expert in presence and influence! Louise spent a decade singing opera in Europe with some of the greatest divas of our time or a soloist’s contract at the Vienna State Opera, but it was a Masters in Organizational Psychology and a ‘PhD in Business’ that brought it all together.
Louise has established The Mahler Method which is a complete program of building presence and influence that changes lives. Her work has had a transformative effect on many people’s lives. Dr Mahler’s extensive knowledge is supported by cutting-edge processes that identify and resolve your personal stumbling blocks. She will then guide you through the process of developing the professional style that identifies you as a force to be reckoned with. That tells people you are here to lead.
Louise is a guest presenter for leaders and leadership-teams worldwide and coaches federal politicians, heads of international business and rising corporate talent when the need to give voice arises. Louise makes regular TV appearances, has a series of videos with the Australian Financial Review and is a constant feature for comment on radio and has published a book ‘Resonate’ with Penguin Random House is for ‘people who need to be heard’
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#39 | Untypical approach to helping regional communities with Neil Butler
Our guest today is Untypical in more ways than one! Neil Butler started his professional life as a school teacher in the early 1980s. After 5 years, he stepped out into the corporate world where he has spent the past 30+ years sharing his Energetic personality and highly competent transformation leadership skills across a wide range of disciplines and industries within Australia and in national, regional and global roles.
Most recently, Neil has taken a more entrepreneurial path, establishing a range of products under the business name Untypical - a name that reflects his untypical approach to problem solving and the generation of ideas. These include business transformation, broadcasting and most, recently, community and business-focused podcasting activities, with a specific focus on regional Australia.
Neil is passionate about helping regional communities to flourish, not just exist. His newest podcasting product is Regional Podcasts - a service that provides a voice to the people who live or work in, and/or around, a regional town or city.
Conversations with decision-makers, business people and other local characters - providing entertainment and information with a focus on your community. Also with the launch of Smallbiz TV Neil provides an affordable option for small businesses who want to use video but don't have the budget and/or expertise to create their own.
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#38 | Comedy Genius to national advocate for employment of people with disabilities with Tim Ferguson
For the last 40 years Tim Ferguson has been a staple feature in numerous TV shows, comedy acts, movies and well pretty much everywhere! For the last 30 Tim has been living with Multiple Sclerosis. Tim's view on the whole situation - “I don’t suffer Multiple Sclerosis; it suffers me!” Despite his condition, Tim has vowed to never stop making audiences laugh.
Tim continues to pursue his love of comedy. He continues to work in international stand-up, making movies & TV. He loves giving Keynote Speeches about overcoming challenges (like his MS) as well as promotes employment for people with disabilities. His mission is to teach writers & producers how to create screen comedies based on his teaching of lifelong learning from his mentors and colleagues & ancient comic writings, synthesised in Tim's comedy writing manual, 'The Cheeky Monkey'.
Behind the screen Tim is also a very accomplished artist, just like his comedy his art work is unique, remarkable, outstanding and nothing like you have ever seen before.
To make this episode even better Tim was gracious enough to make time on his birthday! There is even a special guest camo by Maynard the JJJ Legend!
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