Gold Coast's Woman of the year 2020
Xenia, along with her husband Simon, founded the charity At The Ark in 2010, based on the Gold Coast, Australia. The charity support families through the recovery of child sexual abuse, domestic and family violence.
Xenia is the Heart of Women Awards - Woman of the Year 2020 for her work with children, and women and was one of the Westfield's Local Heroes in 2020. She is also an international author, speaker and qualified counsellor.
Her latest book, “Broken To Be Beautiful” is Xenia’s auto-biography, It tells her story in an impactive way that seeks to helps those who have not only been through abuse but it will help those who have never been in an abusive situation to understand why someone may stay in one and how someone 'falls' into an unhealthy relationship.
Xenia’s honest, candid and raw account of her story, creates hope and awareness for every reader. Through the struggle and fight to survive, the warrior that was deeply implanted inside of her, emerged. This is a true story of her battle to overcome domestic violence and discover when all was stripped away, she found what emerged, was a restored woman, able to conquer her past.
She has also written a 3-book child protection series entitled ‘Brave Little Bear” written to empower families, educators and other professionals to teach self-protective behaviours to this and future generations.
Book 1: Introduces Brave Little Bear, the story and self-protective behaviours to 3-year-olds to 7-year-olds.
Book 2: Brave Little Bears writes to 6-year-olds to 12-year-olds about fear feelings, online safety, body consent, secrets and surprises, plus more.
Book 3: completes the set, it compliments books one and two by speaking to adults, carers, parents, educators and other professional about why it is so important to empower children.
Xenia says she couldn't teach her children self-protective behaviours because she had no clue what they were, but now she will protect as many as she can through these books.
In April 2021, Xenia, along with the charity she founded At The Ark, will start a new Hashtag campaign...
#MYBODYMYCONSENT help us get this viral to spread the word that we can all say NO! children, teenagers and adults.
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WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I got more than I expected when reading Broken To Be Beautiful. Even reading the introduction to this book gave me goosebumps. Her honesty and openness in every word was compelling. As I continued to read further, I was drawn into the story that could be so many of us – young and in love, trusting, certain everything will work out in the end...
Dr. Dina McMillan, Phd
Xenia merges her personal experiences into any presentation with genuine openness and transparency as well as her knowledge of current and relevant statistical information on the subject of Child Protection and Domestic Violence. Xenia shares her spiritual and emotional journey in a way that brings the subject to everyone’s reality, in a passionate and moving way. The audience was totally engaged with her as she brought her knowledge and experience in a tactful and very real manner, leaving no doubt this is a subject very close to her heart. We had very positive feedback from the Workshop she facilitated.
Pastor Clara Scroggins
Sensitively written, The Brave little Bear’s message reaches out to children in a way that no adult can. I believe Bear’s thoughts “You can be brave, find someone and share” will resonate with other children and encourage them to share. An excellent tool for psychologists, counsellors and parents, dealing with precious little ones who have experienced sexual abuse.