What is my story?
I was born in Iran and came to Australia when I was 12. I have experienced every kind of prejudice you can imagine. I did not speak one word of English and back in 1970 the priority of the school wasn’t to sit someone with me to teach me, so I learned to speak English by watching TV. Because of the culture change and the influence of bad friends, I ended up living on the streets by the time I was sixteen. Resilience and my guardian angels saved me from turning to drugs or any other thing that would have a long term bad effect. I always say God just dragged me through the life on the streets long enough to remember, but not long enough to be affected and twisted with “what about me syndrome”.
How does someone with this kind of history with no education and no hope, coming literally from the streets achieve so much?
- Owns two successful businesses (Frances Holmes Event Management and Frances Holmes Life Management)
- Is married to an amazing man for 27 years
- Has the most wonderful children
- Is a successful humanitarian, raising over $200,000 in the last few years for women and children in third world countries
- For the last seven years, has provided lunch for the street people in her own community who have nowhere else to go
- Has won business excellence awards in event management
- Is one of the senior leadership team members for Tony Robbins, world renowned motivation coach
- Is a recipient of Rotary’s prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award
- Was nominated in two categories for the Pride of Australia Medal
- Is named as one of the top ten influential women in Toowoomba.