The women of Beaudesert heard about the love of family, community and trying new challenges when Mel Frazer was guest speaker at the 2023 Beaudesert Zonta International Women’s Day lunch.
Mel, who loves raising children Zac, Beau and Madeline with soulmate husband Brenden, works with local youth through her job at Beaudesert High and volunteering with Beaudesert Kingfishers.
She is quiet yet determined, always tackling adventures, from the Kokoda Challenge to her upcoming Larapinta Trail, and uplifting the people around her during the process.
Mel was open with lunch guests about her fear of public speaking but rose to the challenge, bolstered by the presence of her best friend, eldest son and in-laws in the audience.
“Never in a million years did I ever picture myself standing here in a room filled with people talking about myself. I am just an ordinary mum trying to be a good role model to my kids by practicing what I preach,” she said.
“I want to show them that hard work and determination leads to success, that it is earned and never given. I want them to stand up for what they believe in, to take risks, to have fun and to live life to the full.”
She shared about the importance of having a go.
“I am the industry liaison officer at Beaudesert High, where I support students with their career pathways through work experience, traineeships and apprenticeships,” she said.
“I never saw myself doing this role either, I dropped out of school before the end of year 10. School was never for me, sitting still has never been for me. It still isn’t. I’m a doer and a worker and so I left school and entered full-time employment as a town clerk. I have done everything from working the checkouts at Woolworths to working the bars in England, to cleaning the toilets in the cells at the local Beauy police station. whatever role I put my hand up for I always give it 100 per cent. It’s something I pride myself on.”
“Surround yourself with good people that support you and want to see you succeed, step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself every now and again because you will be rewarded tenfold.”