VIDEO: Toni Jeavons speaks up against domestic abuse
A LOCAL domestic violence campaigner is taking her story of survival across Australia.
Roma woman Toni Jeavons will soon fly to Perth to speak at a national conference about personal resilience.
Since being asked to appear at the Career Development Association of Australia's national gathering, Ms Jeavons has been hard at work perfecting her 25-minute speech, which will be heard by hundreds of people.
"The theme for the conference is inspiring excellence in an environment of chaos," she said.
"My topic for presentation is combating chaos in one's personal world."
Ms Jeavons said she would tell her story to the audience, about how she evolved from a domestic violence victim into the person she is today.
The author of Wise Grasshopper, a story about self-discovery and lessons learnt along the way, said it was surreal to be speaking at a major event.
She said the Roma and District Toastmasters Club had been a huge help in preparing her for the daunting but exciting task.
"They have allowed me to practice for the last two months," Ms Jeavons said.
"I've been giving talks every second Thursday night when they meet at the RSL Hall in Roma."
She said the club had provided her with fantastic constructive criticism, grammar skills and helped her become a more confident speaker.
"The goal of the speech is that there's no lightning bolt that will strike your life, that people have to become their own lighting bolt," Ms Jeavons said.
The secret to her success, she said, was learning that all thoughts and actions manifest into life and being positive.
Zonta has helped Ms Jeavons with some of her funding but more donations are welcome to help cover the cost of her attending the event.
For more information phone Toni Jeavons on 0408451811 or email email@example.com.
The Western Star's publisher APN has begun a campaign to end domestic violence.
We are calling for the introduction of respectful relationship programs in all schools and the creation of specialist domestic and family violence courts.
Sign the petition in the Western Star front office or visit www.communityrun.org/petitions/end-domestic-and-family-violence.