Rise to every occasion

There is no way the young, fresh-faced, enthusiastic, Apprentice Baker/Pastrycook, in 1990, could ever have imagined her life would turn out as it did.

Really, she was blissfully unaware – perhaps naïve – as to just how tough navigating life could be. Things were simple then and she was fortunate: a loving family, plenty of close friends, a healthy Church life and a bagful of rapidly developing baking skills. As she drove off to work while the rest of the city dreamed peacefully, it seemed the hardest things she had to deal with were hiding the occasional tray of burnt cornflake cookies from the boss, and whether she'd finish work in time to join her friends clubbing on Friday night.

Read Belinda's moving story of resilience and recognition of God's strength helping her through some really tough times.
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About the Author

Belinda Brown

Belinda is the Program Manager for the Mental Health Coalition of SA’s Lived Experience Workforce Program. Since 2006, her lived experience and expertise, with plenty of guidance from God, have been invaluable in the development of SA’s first Mental Health Peer Work training programs and national qualification, and contribute to better support for people experiencing mental health challenges. Belinda loves being a Mum, donning the lycra and cycling, exercising her creativity and spending time with those she loves. She never bakes bread!