Ambassador takes on new role

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

REG­U­LAR read­ers will al­ready be fa­mil­iar with Ju­bilee Pocket res­i­dent Judi Dunn, whose work as a vol­un­teer cruise ship ambassador has earned her wide­spread ac­claim.

Ms Dunn has now taken on an ad­di­tional role as an ambassador of a dif­fer­ent kind, rep­re­sent­ing the National Stroke Foun­da­tion.

In June 2011, on the morn­ing of her 60th birth­day, Ms Dunn suf­fered a stroke while hol­i­day­ing on Hamil­ton Is­land.

Within four hours she was in hos­pi­tal.

Ms Dunn’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences with both the emer­gency and re­cov­ery pe­ri­ods and those of her hus­band Keith from a carer’s point of view, con­vinced her to take on the im­por­tant StrokeSafe ambassador’s role.

“I wanted to give some­thing back,” she said.

“And I al­ways say out of any­thing neg­a­tive some­thing pos­i­tive will come. [In this sit­u­a­tion] I feel I can now do some­thing else for the com­mu­nity.”

Ms Dunn has com­pleted train­ing that will al­low her to give talks to mem­bers of the pub­lic and com­mu­nity groups. While she can­not give med­i­cal ad­vice, the talks are an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal res­i­dents to learn life­sav­ing stroke preven­tion and aware­ness mes­sages, such as how to recog­nise the signs of strokes.

National Stroke Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Dr Erin Lalor, said the StrokeSafe ambassador pro­gram was aimed at in­creas­ing aware­ness of strokes as med­i­cal emer­gen­cies, with fast treat­ment vi­tal to sur­vival and re­cov­ery.

Ms Dunn, who de­scribes her­self as a stroke sur­vivor rather than stroke suf­ferer, says it is im­por­tant to re­alise that strokes can hap­pen at any age and stage of life.

To book a Strokesafe ambassador talk email stroke­safe­sem­i­nar@stroke­foun­da­ or phone 1300 194 196.

AMBASSADOR: Ju­bilee Pocket res­i­dent Judi Dunn has taken on a new role as a StrokeSafe ambassador for the National Stroke Foun­da­tion. She is pic­tured here with her hus­band Keith.

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