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Helen Edwards  – Helen Edwards Writes

Helen Edwards – Helen Edwards Writes

I’m an Adelaide-based children’s author who weaves diverse stories of nature, magic and history. My debut middle-grade novel, The Rebels of Mount Buffalo was published in October 2023, by the award-winning Riveted Press, distributed by Simon and Schuster. It’s a captivating time-slip tale in which a girl lost to grief meets a daring rebel on a misty mountain who guides her to rediscover her courage and find her way home. The Rebels of Mount Buffalo was longlisted in the inaugural DANZ Children’s Book Award for books which feature diversity in all forms.

I have a PhD in Psychology and a long background working in mental health. I write stories that reduce stereotypes and increase understanding of diversity, including characters who live with chronic illness, mental illness, and/or who are neurodivergent. I write stories that reflect our Australian environment, culture, and history. I have been blogging since 2001, after founding an award-winning online counselling service for people with diabetes, which I ran for 16 years. Over 100,000 people follow me across social media, where my platforms share book reviews and inspire action for people and planet, with kindness and hope, focusing on our children’s future.

I have won a number of awards, including being a South Australian State Finalist for Australian of the Year for my work in diabetes. As well as The Rebels of Mount Buffalo being longlisted in the DANZ, I was winner of the ZestFest writing competition, a special mention in the inaugural Deep Creek Fellowship, and short-listed in the inaugural SA Literary Fellowship.

I am an experienced speaker and have presented talks and workshops locally and internationally across a wide range of topics. I am a member of Writers’ Vic, Writers’ SA, Qld Writers Centre, Women’s Society of Writers Victoria, ASA, CBCA and SCBWI. I am part of the Author Pen Pals initiative and an Ambassador for Australia Reads and a Role Model with Books in Homes. I am passionate about inspiring action for our beautiful, fragile planet and nature features in all of my books. I find history fascinating and uncover stories that may have been forgotten, or hidden, and bring them into the light. My second novel, Legend of the Lighthouse Moon, will be published in October 2024 and my third in April 2025.

If you’re looking for a children’s author who speaks from the heart, who laughs loud and loves deep, who is passionate about people and planet, and who understands we come in a glorious rainbow of human beings, I’m your person.

April Hobbs  – AH Media Intl

April Hobbs – AH Media Intl

April Hobbs is a transformative leader whose career has flourished across Cardiff, London, Dubai, Istanbul, and Adelaide. Specialising in sales and marketing, she has a proven track record of driving growth and elevating brands. As a publishing partner for Innovations of the World, April spotlights Australian innovation, connecting pioneering ideas with a global audience. A prolific networker, April deeply embodies the BNI ‘Givers Gain’ philosophy. Recently honoured as a BNI Legend, Master Connector, and Million Dollar Giver, she demonstrates unparalleled prowess in building powerful business networks that foster collaboration and open doors to new opportunities.
Committed to disability inclusion, April champions a more inclusive world where we empower, equip, and include everyone, believing strongly in the power of leadership to drive social change.

Chanelle Le Roux  – NINKI Content Marketing

Chanelle Le Roux – NINKI Content Marketing

Hi! I’m Chanelle. Owner of NINKI Content Marketing. A boutique content marketing agency that specialises in strategy, social media and content. We’ve been around for 6 years and have worked with both large and small organisations helping them increase their online presence with online content. 

I also moonlight as a marketing coach helping female business owners gain clarity and direction in their marketing. I am currently a registered mentor in the Women in Business program which gives you 4 hours of coaching with me for $88 – a steal.

Work stuff aside, I am a part-time performer, have travelled to over 50 countries, was once on the Graham Norton Show and have a fear of bananas.

To find out more about this offer, please email me at chanelle@ninkionline.com. 

Karina McDonald  – Connect Comms

Karina McDonald – Connect Comms

Hey there, I’m Karina, the creator behind Connect Comms!

I began this journey when I found my knack for helping business owners discover their voice and vibe with their dream audience. Connection is my highest value – I get so inspired when a message hits the heart with the right person.

Proud mum of two, it on my son and a little thing called divorce that kick started my business. When life threw me a curveball with my son’s quadriplegic cerebral palsy diagnosis and a 22 year marriage plot twist, I realised that time is too rich to be spent poorly. I ended my 14-year stint in corporate telecommunications, loaded up on learning through courses, and decided to do what lit a fire in my belly while creating a bright future for my kids.

Beforehand I was a team leader, ops manager, case manager, and training deliverer at Optus. Loved it, learned tons, but I craved a life where I could dance to my own tune, be flexible to my son’s needs, and find creativity in my work.

I’m also a fierce advocate for disability and have spoken on TV, radio, in newspapers and on podcasts in an effort to create change for the disability community and their carers.

Catherine Humphreys-Scott

Catherine Humphreys-Scott

I am a commercially-focused communications professional, bringing nearly 20 years of experience across numerous industries including telco, automotive, defence, energy, FMCG, health and finance.

I enjoy working with clients to understand their challenges, and develop meaningful solutions. I’m particularly excited by corporate communications, brand and reputation. I’m skilled and experienced at issues management and public affairs.

Amongst the brands I’ve loved working with are Beaumont Solutions (Health and Safety), Disaster Relief Australia, YMCA Victoria, Lockheed Martin, Vodafone, and Mitsubishi Motors.

A mother of two teen girls, having my own business allows me to spend more time with them and for us to make memories – whilst fully leaning in to the pointy end of their schooling and wellbeing.