HELPING OUT: Former Warwick resident Dennis Hoiberg will be keynote speaker at Friday's breakfast at the Hawker Rd Function Centre.
HELPING OUT: Former Warwick resident Dennis Hoiberg will be keynote speaker at Friday's breakfast at the Hawker Rd Function Centre. Gerard Walsh

Talk on resilience in tough times to help rural communities

FORMER Warwick student Dennis Hoiberg will be keynote speaker at a Community Engagement Breakfast next Friday, May 10, at the Hawker Rd Function Centre.

Since 1995, Mr Hoiberg has been working with individuals, families, and organisations in remote, regional and rural communities throughout Australia and around the world to help them thrive through change.

"This change can result from natural, business, family or "just life” causes,” he said.

His focus over the years has changed from external change to internal change and an interest in emotional resilience.

He said while much was spoken about resilience, little was understood.

"This lack of understanding results in dysfunctional behaviours and outcomes,” he said.

He has developed a HOPE model, shaped from client interactions from regional Australia, which now underpins much of his work in places around the world including in South Africa, North America and New Zealand.

His understanding of human behaviour and motivation, his lived experiences and his practical style has proved valuable in positivity influencing and shaping people's lives.

While living in Melbourne and running his business Lessons Learnt Consulting, Mr Hoiberg describes himself as a "Warwick boy who has travelled” after attending St Mary's School and the Warwick Christian Brothers College.

Many will be familiar with Mr Hoiberg through his regular column in the Rural Weekly as The Resilience Whisperer.

Through his business, he also sponsors a race at the Warwick Picnic Races (May 11) in memory of his father Bill and mother Margaret who made significant contributions to the Warwick racing community over many years.

Warwick Chamber of Commerce and Darling Downs and West Moreton PHN are two organisations supporting the Community Engagement Breakfast from 6.30-8.30am on Friday, May 10. Tickets are $15 single, $25 double and can be secured through warwicktickets.com.au.



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