WEWednesdays! Women Empowering Women is elated to showcase this female entrepreneur as our Mystery Speaker this month at our Mississauga Chapter, Anthea Van Der Pluym.
Anthea Van Der Pluym has built a successful, six figure career in the Technology, Healthcare and Education sectors with a BCom degree, and MBA Cum Laude from DeMontfort University in the United Kingdom.
Anthea has consulted and educated women in Africa, Europe and the Middle East in business skills, and founded an NGO in Africa assisting homeless women build their own fireproof homes from recycled bottles. She received National Governmental recognition for her fireproof home projects in 2016.
In 2001, Anthea lost her father to random crime, and in 2014 became a victim herself of violence when she was burned alive with petrol and beaten,. Having undergone extensive skins grafts, and rehabilitation mentally, emotionally and physically, she speaks powerfully on authenticity, vulnerability and interacting with the world from a place of worthiness. An enthusiastic proponent of art (treasuring the scars) as a creative mechanism to unlock new ways of changing reality, Anthea is a frequent participant and keynote speaker in multi-media and motivational speaking events.
Anthea is a successful author, and published her first book in 2001. She is riveting and inspiring and addresses the difficult subject of violence prevention and recovery in our current times with hope and finesse.
1 Anthea’s Journey – Rediscovering Life – published through Aardvark Press but available here as an ebook on Smashwords. An excellent read. A biography of an amazing woman! Read and be inspired!
Anthea’s Journey is the story of a South African woman’s recovery after the farm murder of her father. it’s the triumph of the human spirit over tragedy. It”s about finding strength in weakness, dealing with pain, healing and rediscovering the joy of living… It is about the key defining moments that led to her move past violence and its impact on her.
This book offers inspiration, a tale of authentic healing and encouragement to anyone who has been affected by violence to choose to recover and live life to the full.
If you have been affected by violence this book will show you you’re not alone and offer you a way out of the pain. Available as an ebook through Smashwords, Barnes and Noble and Apple ibooks. ORDER HERE
2 Authenticity – Finding the Strength to be Yourself
Authenticity is about strength and self-respect. It’s about defining you and your life on your terms.
Many of us have lost our voice, lost our dreams, lost ourselves, after years of living for other people. But there’s still something inside of us longing to be seen and heard. We want to live real lives without conforming to the expectations of other people’s dreams, goals and priorities. We want to stop living someone else’s life and start living our own. It’s time to figure out what it is we really want. We have to figure out who we are at the core, after the other stuff has been peeled away.
And that’s what authenticity is all about: It’s about being honest with yourself and with others in order to live the life that you really want. The clearer you get, and the clearer you are, the more your life will come into alignment. The more you’ll attract the people and the experiences that meet you where you are. The more you’ll be able to stand in your own truth, in your own surety, regardless of anyone else’s actions.
It’s not an easy process, but it is a simple one, and that’s what this book is all about. ORDER HERE
She travels between Canada and South Africa with her partner Julie, and is passionate about Inspiring women in the world to thrive.
Anthea believes firmly in the goodness of human beings, and that with courage, responsibility and realism, we are able to create a #NOHarm future that we can all be proud of!
#NOHarm is the brain child and passion of Anthea Van Der Pluym, an International Speaker and Coach who has recovered from indescribable violence, and who is ushering in global changes in how we deal with violence, through creating a initiative around a new mindset, of “No Harm!”
“People are inherently good, we get to prove it every day!”
Anthea is an international speaker and coach who operates as a social enterprise to catapult young people and women who have been harmed into thriving after their events. The #NOHarm social enterprise is altruistic in nature, seeking to bring change while being organically sustainable over the years.
The #NOHarm movement funds itself through a monthly paid general membership of $10 and invites young people and victims of violence into a close knit group, a tribe, a place of belonging, where they can feel safe enough to affect their personal changes related to violence.
It simultaneously offers volunteers a platform to offer their skills and service out to those members in need. Members and volunteers can meet and collaborate to support each other back into constructive living
Corporations, media and other interested supporters are also offered a place to provide their CSR support in creating visibility, platforms and resources for the #NOHarm movement to gain traction and turn back the tide on violence. Together they have access to all branding and marketing opportunities.
The vision of the >#NOHarm movement is to bring an end to violence in our lives, and enable everyone who has experienced violence to fully recover.