Colin Buchannan

There’s something about being thankful.  It’s got the oxygen of goodness about it.  It crosses the barriers of age and race, gender and culture.  It has built-in humility, the taste of grace, at least a pinch – sometimes an avalanche – of celebration.  Thankfulness takes a refreshing eye off the self and commends the other.  

Thanks can be a tiny, dripping spring that seeps and trickles its way to join streams, becoming cascades, feeding a deep, rich river of thankfulness.  Ultimately, it’s all flowing to the glorious, vast ocean of divine goodness.  Thankfulness is something we show not just to people, but to our God. 

That’s why I’m adding my voice – just another little splash – to the National Day Of Thanks.  Together, we can recognise and appreciate what we have, honour the contribution of those who give and serve and sacrifice, take a special opportunity as a nation to offer a simple and heartfelt “Thank You”.

Michelle Mitchell

Michelle is an author, award-winning speaker and parenting expert.

In 2000 Michelle left her teaching career and founded Youth Excel, a charity which has supported thousands of young people and their families with mentoring and psychological services.

Michelle’s hands-on experience and passion for ‘all things young people’ has made her a sought-after and entertaining speaker.  She has a unique ability to transfer years of knowledge to a wide range of audiences.

Michelle presents to parents, schools, churches and mental health professionals on wellbeing, family and connection.

Michelle’s innovative work has been featured on the TODAY Show, Channel Ten Morning News, Today Tonight, 96.5fm, ABC radio and in countless print media including The Age, Dolly Magazine, Australian Women’s Weekly and the Courier Mail.

Michelle’s books and resources have been called an ‘encouraging and guiding light’ for parents and professionals.  She has a marvellous way of speaking truth in a way that all appreciate.  She is the author of ‘What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents’, ‘Parenting Teenage Girls in the Age of a New Normal’, ‘Self-harm: Why Teens Do It and How Parents Can Help’ and ‘Everyday Resilience: Helping Kids Handle Friendship Drama, Academic Pressure and the Self-Doubt of Growing Up’.

She lives in Brisbane with her husband and two teenagers.

Everything Michelle does aims to empower families and advocate for those without families.

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