Dr Howpage highly values social consciousness and is passionate about community-based grassroots initiatives. She is known as a thought leader, and her work has inspired young and old. Her strategies are practical; ‘choose to do something, say something, behave in some way that motivates everyone to enjoy better feelings’. Her work has attracted significant recognition, including the Western Sydney University Woman of the West Community Award 2019 and The Hills Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year Finalist 2020 award.
She is the author of the children’s book Mindful Coco, all-ages book 7 Magic Minutes for Today and the journal Today I will live happily and well. For more information about Dr Howpage, visit www.padminihowpage.com.
Daya, who is passionate about social conscience, is a founding director of the Mind Connections Foundation. Since 2011 he has been instrumental in sustainable, community-based prevention programs, Pawsitive Steps Mind, Doggy and Spirit festival in the Hills Shire. In his spare time, he loves baking, beekeeping and spending time with the family.
Sonja is Chairperson and Co-Founder of the “AUS-NZ Croatian Women in Leadership” along with the Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia H.E Betty Pavelich. An organisation to bring women with Croatian Heritage from across all Australian States and NZ to connect and leave a legacy for the next generation of leaders.
Sonja was named “Baulkham Hills Woman of the Year 2021” for all her Community contribution and work that she does and brings over 30 years business experience and community engagement to the foundation.
Sonja says surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you and never stop learning and educating yourself!
Theresa joined the Madison Marcus Group of Companies in 2002 and was appointed Director in 2009. Certified in 2010 as an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury by the Law Society of NSW, Theresa spent a significant part of her legal career in insurance litigation for the first decade. As a result, Theresa developed a skill set across several areas of law. Today, Theresa leads practice teams specialising in Family Law, Estates Planning & Probate, Wills & Will Disputes and Compensation Law.
Theresa is a passionate campaigner around the areas of mental health, female leadership and community. Her service and contribution towards her community are unparalleled, with an ongoing commitment to various associations, charity and fundraisers. Theresa was named a finalist in the 2014 Women Lawyer of the Year Awards by the Women Lawyers Association and more recently recognised as a finalist in the category of Executive of the Year in the 2019 Women Lawyers Weekly Awards.
With experience in the legal industry for over two decades, frequent dealings with highstress situations are part of the job. The mental health of stakeholders has always been at the forefront. Through Theresa’s experience and exposure, Theresa has developed tools to assist and support both clients and lawyers in navigating and handling stress. Yet, Theresa maintains her composure in a relatable and empathetic manner whilst encouraging others to make healthy choices. Committed to driving awareness and making a difference,
her contribution to the Mind Connections Foundation is fundamental to reducing social stigma and championing a generation of healthy minds.
Andrea has a passion for mental health. Through her role with Mind Connections Foundation, she strives to help change the stigma on mental health and create a positive change for all young minds.
After achieving his master’s degree, through Macquarie University, he further developed his professional skills in private practice and eventually joined Mind Connections in 2011.
Bob has had an interest in addressing wider systems as well as individual therapy. He has shown a commitment to social justice issues and he has been working for many years with inter agency organisations that have had a focus on mental health.
In his spare time, Bob spends time with his family and his young grandson.