With a supportive and innovative leadership style and over twenty-five years of providing occupational therapy services in the health and disability field, Cherie Rowett brings expertise in making life do-able, enhancing occupational performance, and identifying needs, skills and strengths with individuals and groups. Cherie has run projects, is experienced in report writing, and has worked in both publicly and privately funded systems. She also brings experience as an educator in the university sector with a wholistic understanding of wellbeing, neuroscience and human potential, and a love of facilitating hands-on and reflective learning.
Cherie says:- as an educator, I know that we can learn a lot through formal education avenues – and yet the lived experiences embedded in our daily lives can teach us enormous lessons too.
One of the best teachers I’ve ever had in the area of empathy and resilience has been my sister, who has a congenital disability. Having her special needs to consider in our family as I was growing up has given me grass-roots insight into the important role of compassion and community in resilience and wellbeing. I have much admiration for her courageous spirit in the face of many challenges. And it was witnessing the valuable role of an occupational therapist working with her during our childhood that inspired me in my choice of profession.
More recently, I have been shown again the importance of resilience – this time as a wife and mother facing bereavement.
Since 2013 we had faced an uncertain future due to my husband’s cancer diagnosis. It was certainly challenging for each of us to face this unwelcome medical condition. We met many health workers in the next few years and the ability of many of them to connect with us and genuinely care helped in buoying our spirits and assisting our resilience. We found ourselves developing a number of strategies that helped us cope along the way. Then after my husband’s passing, further coping strategies were essential in facing the loss, the grief, and the many practical changes that were involved.
With these life lessons it is no wonder that compassion and resilience are signature brand values at Heart Choice Enterprises. I also speak to camera about aspects of my brand story in this video…