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Leon Ankersmit

Barbara is ethical, smart, and brings a global perspective to local projects."

TESTIMONIALS

Carole Isaacs

"What sets her apart is her diligence to detail, recording and reporting information relevant to a project, enthusiasm and positive outlook."

Jo & Greg Haines

“​We would recommend Barbara because of her easy way of communicating with everybody, we know intrinsically that the job is done to perfection.”

I am a strong communicator and authentic networker who cultivates long-term relationships,  rather than aim for quick results or deplete resources.  When it comes to community work and forming partnerships, I am definitely more of a farmer than a prospector or hunter. 
Don't just take my word for it though!
Here's what current and former Clarence Valley project partners and community members say: 

Koala Working Group

"Barbara is highly creative, imaginative, efficient and kind. She has impeccable interpersonal skills. I would recommend hiring her for the reasons given above and because of her proven track record of working to a brief and getting things done."

Linda Wright, Clarence Valley Koala Working Group Coordinator

Disaster Preparedness

"I have worked with Barbara Winters on the Resilient Clarence project and was involved in the making of the disaster preparedness movie for Iluka’s ICOPE team.

Barbara provided a safe and supportive environment. She was so respectful, consulting with community and ensuring the ICOPE film captures the heart of this community journey. Excellent networking with all key stakeholders.

Barbara listens and takes time to hear what community needs and tailors her approach to community needs and vision. What sets Barbara’s style of communicating apart is patience, compassion, local knowledge and passion to contribute to resilient communities.

I absolutely would recommend Barbara for community engagement and movie production roles. The quality of the ICOPE production was exceptional and her level of consultation with community was authentic and professional. At all times ensuring that it was all about a community story.
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SAM OSBORNE / Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) Coordinator

Maclean Service Centre

I've known Barbara Winters since her role as Project Officer for the Maclean Service Centre for Clarence Valley Council in our Anglicare North Coast building in 2021.

 

Barbara is highly resilient and committed to genuine collaboration. She brings expertise as well as personal reflection to collaborative work with a strong focus on common objectives. 

 

She is a prompt and concise communicator who brings the right mix of professional insight and manner and personable approach to her interactions. Barbara is very proactive in creating positive messages and approaching potentially divisive issues to support constructive dialogue.


I am confident that Barbara will provide excellent value to any project she is engaged in. Barbara is ethical, smart, and brings a global perspective to local projects that is relatively rare in our region and invaluable.

Leon Ankersmit /  CEO Anglicare North Coast

CWA Maclean

"We appreciated Barbara's enthusiasm, energy and efficiency in getting the job done. She had to jump into a project that was already underway and she was able to pick up the threads and tie it all together.


We also appreciated her ability to communicate with all the volunteer members of the working group and make sure that everyone’s opinion was included before decisions were made.
 

We valued Barbara's expertise in dealing with a number of service providers and effectively getting the best information and options for the working group to consider and then making sure that the promised services were delivered."

Susan Howland  / CWA Maclean Secretary

DPI/Vinnies/CWA

"Barbara is a high-level communicator so I always knew which stage we were working on. She also has great social media aptitude and taught me so many skills in this area.

What sets her apart is her diligence to detail, recording and reporting information relevant to a project, enthusiasm and positive outlook.
Barbara is respectful and very polite in her mannerisms, she allows time and space for all people associated with a project.

I have worked with Barbara in her role as Clarence Valley Council's Resilient Clarence project officer. First when I was a  project officer for the Department of Primary Industries Rural Recovery Support Services, followed by Vinnies' Bushfire Recovery Community Development Program, and most recently as a volunteer for the Maclean CWA Resilience Hub. I also know Barbara as the Admin of The Ashby
Herald Facebook group. 

 

I have already recommended Barbara for a few community engagement/development roles that I believed she was most capable and suitable for in our region."

Carole Isaacs / various roles in and around Maclean

RFS & Ashby Herald

Barbara Winters gives her all to whatever she puts her mind to.

I liked Barbara when I first communicated with her through Social Media during the 2019 Bushfires, with us both managing neighbouring community Facebook pages and sharing the relevant RFS updates. At all times she put the entire community first even during times of high community stress and danger.  


I was delighted to eventually meet her face to face to potentially work with her in her role as project officer for Clarence Valley Council's Resilient Clarence project. I’ve seen and felt her welcoming, passionate yet thoroughly business-like manner. 

 

Barbara messages were at all times patient, kind and relevant to those (volunteer, community or business) she communicated with, using a variety of tools. She always communicated in a clear concise way and worked with all relevant parties towards an achievable goal."

CATE FIELD / Woombah Rural Fire Brigade Secretary

DVA Transport

"Barbara is always pleasant and accommodating when asked, often, at short notice to drive a venerable client to a doctor or a hospital. She has shown that she can liaise very clearly with our clients, her openness and empathy makes their trip very pleasant.  

 

Barbara shows excellent connection and people skills, we find she constantly handles everything with great capacity and temperament. We would recommend Barbara because of her easy way of communicating with everybody, we know intrinsically that the job is done to perfection."

Jo and Greg Haines  / Managers of Yamba and Maclean Taxis and DVA Transport


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