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Surviving Against The Odds

Posted by John Panteli - 23/05/2018


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I recently had the pleasure of meeting our new inspiring speaker and mother, Cheryl Koenig OAM with her amazing son, Jonathon, both have experienced hardships that is beyond comprehension for us mere mortals, her story of never giving up on her son and in life, even when the odds are against them, is inspirational..

Cheryl Koenig OAM is a Sydney-based writer and motivational speaker.

She was named 2009 NSW Woman of the Year for her fundraising and community work and in 2014 received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers. 

Her involvement within the disability sector arose out of caring and advocacy for her son, Jonathan,  who was severely injured in a motor vehicle accident.

That story was beautifully captured in her award-winning third book PAPER CRANES – A Mother’s Story of Hope, Courage & Determination.

Some recent topics she was asked to speak on were: ‘You Can Change the World’; ‘Let’s talk about Caring’; ‘Women and Leadership’; ‘The Benefits of Writing’.  

Cheryl loves speaking about the backstory to her published books, about her amazing family journey of surviving against all odds, her multicultural background and the importance of sharing stories in keeping history alive. 

Cheryl’s embrace of life shines through as she delivers inspirational presentations on a variety of issues of which she feels passionately about.

Very proud to include Cheryl Koenig OAM as a part of our family of PSB inspiring speakers.

The book, Paper Cranes is available through and With Just One Suitcase is available through

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