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About Voices of Optimism video series

City of Greater Bendigo promoted the Voices of Optimism video series to showcase the positive force of optimism in our community and why this region is a great place to live, do business, study and enjoy. We would like to thank community members who contributed and shared their views on optimism.

The Centre for Optimism Director Victor Perton presented a free virtual Café Series where special guests shared their optimistic outlook from a personal, business and community perspective. The interviewees revealed some extraordinary challenges and setbacks in their own lives.

Watch interviews on demand:

Voices of Optimism - a conversation with Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke and her close friend and leadership expert Mary Dwyer.
Presented by Victor Perton
Both talked frankly about their longstanding friendship and how staying optimistic helped them both to cope with some very difficult times in their personal and work life.
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Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Coliban Water Managing Director Damian Wells
Presented by Victor Perton
Damian broke his neck in a cycling accident a week before starting his new role at Coliban Water last year. Damian explained how optimism helped him to overcome this life-changing moment. A recording of the virtual event is available here.

Voices of Optimism - in conversation with Bendigo Foodshare Chair Cathie Steele
Presented by Victor Perton
Cathie said her 'glass half full' attitude was down to Foodshare's amazing volunteers and recipients and their positive, caring and passionate outlook on life.
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Voices of Optimism – in conversation with Bendigo Community Health Services CEO Gerard Jose.
Presented by Victor Perton
Gerard said optimism was part of his DNA and his staff continued to remain upbeat, creative and positive whilst providing a critical role during the pandemic.
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