Today I found out that I am a Queensland Finalist in the For Purpose and Social Enterprise Category of the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, and I almost don’t have the words to describe how I feel.

Last year, through the process of submitting an entry, the simple act of telling the story of what we do at The Banyans – and why – encouraged me deeply. The story of The Banyans matters – it’s what fuels my passion and keeps me motivated to get up tomorrow and do the hard things again. 

During the entry process I was asked what would I do if I progressed through the Telstra Business Women’s Awards? This is what I said…

I would hope to tell the story well – of the guests we are privileged to care for at The Banyans, and of the business and its impact.

I would tell the story of a team of people that I work with who each day provide remarkable care and encouragement to some of the the most inspiring people I have ever met – our guests.

I would tell the story of a nation in which it’s common to experience pain or ill health, and where people can acknowledge they need help as a positive and proactive step to creating their own better story.

I would tell the story of a business that operates as profit for purpose, distributing dividends to a charity, thereby multiplying our impact.

Lastly, I would use my story to invite people to write their own story of making the world a better place and making tomorrow better than today, one business decision at a time.

Thank you Telstra Business Women’s Awards for this opportunity. Thank you everyone at The Banyans for embodying care, respect and joy.

  • By Ruth Limkin, Chief Executive Officer, The Banyans Health and Wellness