Ambassador takes on new role
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 email@example.com 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.