Be the change you wish to see in the world
Wednesday saw my family and I down at the White Ribbon breakfast, always an important day in our community as it is when we all stand together to say no to violence in our community.
It is also close to my families heart as it is the day that 'the Paul Myatt award' is given to a member of the community who has shown the same commitment and passion to this issue in their lives as Paul.
Each year, the recipient of Paul"s award has inspired me with stories, their dedication, their passion to making a change in our community especially when it comes to saying no to violence.
This year the award was extra special for the kids and I as the recipient was a family friend, who knew Paul, but had also been a support and friend to my family over the last few years. I also have the privilege to kick his butt into fitness each week in the gym.
Peter Rookas was a wonderful choice for the award this year; he is a role model to our community, a loving husband and father, and a man who takes every opportunity to never be silent about violence.
My family and I are so grateful that Paul is remembered each year in our community - my children and I remember his special qualities that inspired and changed our lives every day, but for us to have the opportunity to do this at the White Ribbon event each year - is truly a special gift given by the Toowoomba community to us.
Shelley Myatt is the owner and operator of Shelley Myatt Fitness and Well-Being, Columnist, Life Coach & Motivational Speaker based in Toowoomba, Qld.