Free events to boost resilience

A variety of free events will be hosted in Cowell in June to boost the financial and emotional resilience of the community.

Western Australian farmer and speaker Gerri Thomson is visiting the town on June 6 to speak on overcoming hardship in her life, along with South Australia's David Angus who will speak about the impact of the Pinery bushfires on his community.

The workshop, brought to the town by Women Together Learning, will run from 9am to 3pm in the Cowell Institute Supper Room.

Later in the month, financial planning expert Bob Budreika and personal success coach Cherry Farrow will team up to present a seminar at the Cowell Community Sporting Complex to promote resilient communication and financial skills.

Bob Budreika is representing financial planning firm Planning for Prosperity, while Cherry Farrow is the founder of Inspire and Inform.

The event will be held in Cowell on Wednesday June 19 and also in Cleve on June 18.

The following week, a mental health first aid course will be held in Cowell over two days to teach locals practical skills for recognising and assisting community members struggling with mental health problems.

The course will be facilitated by Brett Finlay and Lucy Drummond on June 25 and 26 in the Cowell Institute.

Topics covered will include identifying common mental health problems, providing initial assistance, seeking appropriate professional help and responding in a crisis situation.

The course aims to spread information to give the community the confidence to act and and reduce the stigma around mental health.

Both courses are free and require registration.

Community members can register for the Resilient Communication and Financial Success workshop with Erin Lister at or on 0498 733 479.

To register for the mental health first aid course, phone 0408 793 896 or email