Overview Of Stories

Jacqueline Freeny

Being born with Cerebral Palsy has not stopped Jacqueline from achieving greatness in the sporting arena.  In 2012, Jacqueline won 8 gold medals at the London Paralympics Games.  Jacqueline is an inspirational role model and positive proof that, with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

Lukey Watt

Born without legs, Lukey has taken life by the horns and is a keen skateboarder, car driver both on the road and at the drags and speedway.  Lukey does not let perceived inabilities get in the way from life’s possibilities.

Sam Howe

Sam suffered terrible brain injuries whilst being a passenger in a car which rolled 3 times after a long night celebrating St Patrick’s Day.  Join him in his journey from the initial accident, on the road to recovery and to his life today.

Nicole Gibson – (The Rogue & Rogue Foundation) 

Nicole is incredibly passionate about engaging the community in actively breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health challenges, and embracing differences.  In 2013, The Rogue & Rouge Foundation teamed up with environmental ambassador, Nicole McLachlan to travel the nation, visiting 250 schools, to inspire young people to champion change in their community.

Akram Azimi

Akram is a dedicated mentor to Indigenous youth. He arrived from Afghanistan 13 years ago and went from a ‘refugee kid with no prospects’ to becoming the head boy at his school.  He is now studying a triple degree and is determined to give back to his adopted country.  In 2013 Akram was awarded the Young Australian of the Year.


At times, life seems like a difficult jigsaw. We have some idea of what we want our life to be, but with so many choices to make and so much conflicting information to process, we don’t know  which way to turn. Having the life we want doesn’t happen by chance. Each aspect of our life  contributes to the full picture. We need to carefully decide which ones will add to the result we want  and which ones will lead to results that will disappoint.


Having a Vision Completing a jigsaw without knowing what the final picture looks like is not  an easy task. Yet many of us have no concept of the type of life we want to lead and just hope  that things will turn out okay in the end. Life’s puzzle won’t magically put itself together. At  some point we need to take charge and that means deciding where we want to go. This could  include choosing the right friends, learning new skills and planning specifically for the future  we want.


Knowing Ourselves Each of us is unique. We all have our own strengths and  weaknesses. We need to recognise each aspect that makes us who we are. By knowing  our strengths, we can more effectively pursue our dreams and goals. By knowing our  weaknesses we can prepare for the challenges ahead and work on self-improvement.  Knowing ourselves serves to equip us for the puzzle of life ahead, the challenges it  presents and ultimately brings us closer to fulfilling our dreams.


Accepting Others Just as we have many facets to our lives, so do others. By accepting  difference in others we appreciate the richness that variety brings to the picture of  life. Beneath the surface differences we all have dreams, fears, and insecurities.  Understanding this can help us respond to others in a supportive way while at the same  time enriching our own lives.


Making Good Decisions Every now and then we’ll hear advice on ways to make  a quick dollar, be more popular, or do better at exams. Some of this advice may be  good, but instant results that are built on risky or irresponsible behaviour will lead to  situations that end in disaster. Drugs and poor relationships may be things we want to  think carefully about before getting caught up in circumstances that limit the scope of  our dreams. We need to ensure that in working towards our dream, each step is built  on solid decisions that reflect our values and where we want to be. Each piece of the  puzzle needs to complement the others.


Overcoming difficulties At times it may seem that the jigsaw of life is just too hard and  we lose sight of our goals. The future we want to create may be shaped by ill health,  disappointments and even failures. At these times it is even more important to look  at the positive aspects of our life, learn the lessons of life and move forward. It is also  important to surround ourselves with friends and family who share our dreams, want the  best for us, and help to put the pieces of our life together.


Life can sometimes be confusing. It often seems that things that happen in our life make no sense  and even move us further away from our dreams. However, by ensuring that we understand our  goals, make plans to achieve them and surround ourselves with supportive people, we can make  sense of the jigsaw of life.


Music Credits

You Me At Six – Room To Breathe   Linkin Park – Castle of Glass

The Script – Superheroes  Coldplay – God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

Ellie Goulding – Burn  Foo Fighters – My Hero

Echosmith – Cool Kids  Shawn McDonald – Hope Is Right Here

Katy Perry – Roar  Colbie Caillat – Try

U2 – The Troubles  Hillsong United – Oceans

José Gonzales – Heartbeats  The Temper Trap – Trembling Hands

Birds of Tokyo – Lanterns  The Madden Brothers – We Are Done

Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars  José Gonzalez – Step Out

Nickelback – What Are You Waiting For?

Click the links below to download the resources associated with this presentation.

 2015 Jigsaw Resource Guide Final


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