I am an edutainer. I tell stories to young and mature audiences. I am a storyteller reading and acting out my children's book, "Johannah's Lazy Eye." It is a character developing, special needs book that addresses diversity. I've also speak to audiences about being a cancer survivor of 33 years and open heart survivor and fighting for your life.
Price Range: $400-$2000
Gig Length: 30 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
Accept yourself and everything in your life as an opportunity for growth and learning. Be grateful. When you mess up, forgive yourself, learn what you can from the experience and then move on and keep a sense of humor. Make a commitment to health and well-being, and develop a belief in the possibility of total health. Develop your own healing program, drawing on the support and advice of experts. Do things that bring you a sense of fulfillment, joy and purpose, that validate your worth. See your life as your own creation, and strive to make it a positive one. Pay close and loving attention to yourself, nourishing, supporting and encouraging yourself. Hold positive images and goals in your mind, pictures of what you truly want in your life. Love yourself an everyone else. I am a love agent of life and living having survived major health issues with cancer and open heart surgery. Roxanne has an ease within her presentations that makes the audience feel comfortable and attentive. She simply loves to inspire.
How many people do you meet that are a cancer survivor and open heart survivor? Remember when the "Big C" was a stigma you carried like a scarlet A? Roxanne Birney, a bubbly and gregarious 50 something old has those memories burned into her brain. Cancer was a dirty word, when the fear was so overwhelming and the uncertainty so strong that people didn't know how to react in the presence of someone with that diagnosis. Part of that purpose is to tell her story, But it's not about her battles with cancer and open heart surgery that led her to self-publish a children's book about her daughter Johannah, and her challenges with a "lazy eye" - amblyopia. Her daughter was OK with glasses, but like many youngsters, being different didn't go unnoticed. This book is about being different and how children should cultivate compassion for those who are. There is an upside: Johannah can now see that, like her mother, suffering through illness or disability can make you stronger. Being positive in the face of cancer and strong in the face of bullying are strengths worth sharing. Roxanne's platform is speaking about battles and overcoming them with a spirit that is defined by a survivor.
Past Booked Events
|April 28, 2016 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm||Story Lady Visit|
|April 22, 2016 • 9:30am - 11:00am||Foster Grandparents In Service Training|
Influences & Inspiration
I have been an educator and taught preschool to college and every grade in between. I am most proud of the after-school enrichment program I developed for young speakers in Palm Beach County and also creating a speaking club for the Lighthouse for the Blind to help others and truly make a difference in their lives. Some of the members of the speaking clubs with more advanced speaking skills have been featured speakers at various area events and meetings. Literacy has been a passion of mine including the reading, writing and speaking. I have performed as a one woman show, "Story Lady" to hundred of children in Palm Beach County. An active member and officer with Toastmasters.
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