Stab­bing sur­vivor talks about her ‘bonus time’ in life

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

EUROA Health will hold its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing this Fri­day at Gran­iteHill Aged Care fa­cil­ity at 1.30pm, where guest speaker Clare Keenan will tell her story.

Clare sur­vived a bru­tal stab­bing at the age of 26 that left her for dead and she con­sid­ers this event to be a pos­i­tive turn­ing point in her life, al­low­ing her to have deeper con­nec­tions to those around her and live life to the full on what she con­sid­ers ‘ bonus time’.

Sub­se­quent to the at­tack, she forged a ca­reer as a pub­lic pol­icy ad­vi­sor and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor in He­len Clark’s ( ex NZ Prime Min­is­ter) ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Clare then spent six years as the only West­ern em­ployee and fe­male ex­ec­u­tive in a Mid­dle East­ern com­pany, build­ing an Arab news agency, which is now the largest pro­ducer of anti- ISIS con­tent glob­ally.

Dur­ing these years she was also in­volved in run­ning the antigov­ern­ment Syr­ian Broad­cast Sta­tion out of Jor­dan, han­dled Greg Nor­man’s pub­lic re­la­tions and was his ‘ eyes on the ground’ in the build­ing of his golf course.

Clare ad­vo­cates to em­power sur­vivors of vi­o­lence and trauma by chal­leng­ing the cur­rent hege­mony of the “vic­tim” preva­lent in in­sti­tu­tional and pol­icy re­sponses.

The com­mu­nity are wel­comed to hear her chat about her ex­pe­ri­ences and how she be­came an ad­vo­cate for sur­vivors of vi­o­lence and cre­at­ing the best out­comes for them through sup­port and en­cour­age­ment.

The for­mal pro­ceed­ings will fol­low Clare with light re­fresh­ments of­fered af­ter the con­clu­sion of the AGM.

Should you have any fur­ther ques­tions please con­tact Karen Chat­ter­ton 5795 0223.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.