Maribel Steel is an author, freelance writer, speaker and positive vision educator. She is a Peer Advisor and International Correspondent for VisionAware (The American Foundation for the Blind) and she is vision-impaired.
As a Toastmaster, Maribel received a trophy from the Glen Waverley Toastmasters Club as part of their annual awards (3 awards per year); and has been voted by her peers ‘Best Speech’ 4 times in a row during her first year of membership (2017-2018).
She has given several speeches at other local Toastmasters clubs in Melbourne and is schedualed in April 2018 to deliver a few more of her entertaining speeches in California for Palo Alto Toastmasters, Menlo Park Toastmasters and for the Red Wood City Lions Club. follow her speaking tour
Maribel is also a voluntary tutor at U3A Wheelers Hill and delivered a 10 week course in 2016 – Writing Your Memoir. She has been invited to sit on the judging panel for the Accessible Books Consortium (UK) International Excellence Awards for Accessible Publishing 2016 – 2017 -2018
She is an experienced facilitator and has designed and delivered motivational presentations and interactive learning sessions for international organisations, TAFE colleges, Vocational Training Groups, schools and not-for-profit agencies.
Maribel has an intuitive and engaging style that helps people to feel relaxed while being inspired by her positive approach to life.
She designed a community event in 2015 called Vision-quest Melbourne, endorsed by Arts Access Victoria and The Victorian Women’s Trust.
Maribel understands the daily challenges that can be overwhelming at times when adapting to living with vision loss. Life is so much more than losing our sight and she encourages others to embrace their fears by moving beyond limitations. She believes this is achieved by sharing our unique stories to stay fully engaged in the game of life…
“Being vision-impaired or confronted by a life-challenge is not an excuse to drop out of the game and become the observer of life: it’s the right time to learn new rules and new tactics in order to play the game differently.” Maribel Steel
She counts being the mother of four sighted children as her most challenging and fulfilling career. She has worked as a qualified Aromatherapist and Masseur, relying on her other senses and intuition to help her clients feel more in tune with their own healing process, physically and emotionally.
Maribel is also a vocalist and has worked as a teaching artist for The Song Room. She was a children’s choir leader and music program facilitator in two primary schools and formed an upbeat quartet called , The Lollipops, who sang to spread cheer to sick kiddies in hospital.
Maribel would like to acknowledge the tireless support and assistance of her sighted life-partner and web-wizard, Harry Williamson, and her father, Brian Steel, for his impeccable editor’s skills for being two of the most amazing men who help in all aspects of her creative writing and publishing career.
‘I love to demonstrate how anyone can transform the seemingly impossible into the possible.’ Maribel Steel
Watch Vision-quest, a community project Maribel designed to bridge the gap between the blind and the sighted.
Harry Williamson is a CD and DVD producer who has operated his own Spring recording Studio in Melbourne since 1983. He has produced well over 300 CDs for local and international Artists.
He is a talented composer and musician, playing instruments such as 12 and 6 string guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion. He has composed hundreds of original pieces in his career. The most well known is probably Tarka – inspired by Tarka the Otter, written by Harry’s father, acclaimed UK author, Henry Williamson. He also sings with popular a capella group Men In Suits
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