With over thirty years’ experience working closely with young people in a teaching, personal development and leadership role; as a parent and professional development coach, Maria believes it is vital for effective communication and support to begin at home.
My mission is to help young people build the confidence, self-esteem, communication skills, and family rapport they need in order to follow their passions and achieve their dreams
After the tragic loss of Maria’s second child Peter, in July 2012, Maria vowed to utilise her skills and experience to help other young people and their families, in Peter’s honour. “If I can save one other family the pain of losing a child I will have achieved my outcome”‘ said Maria.
As the founder of the White Bear Foundation, Maria aims to educate communities by providing workshops and presentations for young people, parents and schools. Participants will learn effective communication, leadership and lessons in life skills with an emphasis in building self-esteem and confidence.
The white bear adopted by the Foundation symbolises Peter’s gentle, intelligent and courageous nature; as well as his great sense of humour; strength and leadership qualities.
A leader in personal development
Maria is a not only a successful business owner but also an empowering Leader in personal development strategies. Since 2009 Maria has worked closely with me in various leadership roles coaching and mentoring teenagers at our National Youth Leadership and Business Summits. She is an inspiring example of how a commitment to love can turn (heart breaking) adversity into a foundation of hope for future generations.
Director/National Youth Program Coordinator
Magic Moments Foundation
Unstinting passion for contribution
I see Maria as highly trustworthy and someone I can always count on no matter what the challenge. As a personal mentor of mine, I greatly admire her determination, creativity, and willingness to do whatever it takes to break down barriers and connect with the plight of those in need. In fact I would consider Maria as having one of the most caring souls of my entire peer group, and this shows up through an unstinting passion for contribution and adding value wherever she goes.
Beautiful on the inside as well as the outside, Maria is one of those rare individuals whose personal integrity is matched only by her enormous heart. I count it a privilege to call Maria a dear friend.
CEO - Hunter Express
Chairman - Infinite Possibilities Foundation Ltd