Stories that inspire
Have you had a person in your life who has helped you to get the best out of yourself? On the flip side, have you inadvertently or deliberately helped someone else develop their life values, education, career or talents? The value of mentors in our society is a golden commodity that can’t be measured. For this reason we caught up with six Goulburn Valley women who we believe are guiding others to succeed in many ways. Our Mentoring Women feature (page 10) is a great example of the way people with varied backgrounds, interests and expertise can have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of other women. We hope their insights encourage you to share your knowledge, life lessons, skills and expertise when the opportunity arises. We can all be mentors to some degree. This issue we also meet an inspiring Shepparton family — Michael Grossi and Michelle O’Bree Grossi and daughter Skyla, 7 (page 16). A 1991 assault in a nightclub left Michael with a brain injury and confined to a wheelchair. Despite the tragedy, Michael’s positive outlook on life shone through and he was later to meet his wife-tobe. Our team fell in love with images taken by photographer Liz Arcus in Michelle’s childhood garden — which is now the Grossi garden — and asked the family to share its beautiful story with our readers. We also catch up with Shepparton export Zoe O’Brien who won hearts around Australia by just being herself on The Bachelor (page 22). Journalist Rhiannon Gavalakis caught up with Zoe and discovered that despite her newfound fame, Zoe remains “just Zoe” with her feet planted firmly on the ground. We hope you enjoy these, plus the many other great reads in this issue.