Featured Member – Angelika Heurich
Facts and Figures
Angelika has a head for figures. She remembers statistics, dates, and even her GCWA membership number. At the time of joining (in 2005, member no. 853) she vowed silently not to become a committee member again. The rest, as they say, is history.
She was born in Hamburg, Germany. Her adventurous grandparents immigrated to South Australia in 1956, followed by Angelika’s own parents in 1958. The family settled in Whyalla. Her father became superintendent of Parks and Gardens there, and was eventually honored by having a street named after him – Heurich Terrace.
In Whyalla the young Angelika received her schooling and though she was good at Maths, English and Drama, it was the stage that truly captured her imagination. She played her first significant role as the mother of Anne Frank in ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’.
For as long as she could remember Angelika had set her sights on a career as a teacher. However this was not to be. She married at a tender 18 years old, and raised two children instead.
In 1965 the grandparents were off again, this time to sample the pleasures of living in Maryborough, Queensland. In 1981 perennially generous Grandma Heurich shouted Angelika’s whole family a Gold Coast holiday, urging her to ‘take the children to SeaWorld.’ Which they did, with far reaching results; because the very next year Angelika and her husband and children moved lock stock and barrel to the Gold Coast, population at that time 75,000.
GCWA ex-secretary, ex-president and current vice president Angelika is always ready to extend a helping hand to the association where needed. Her favourite reading matter is essentially inspirational, consisting of biographies and personal development books by writers such as Louise Hay and Greg Braden, her hero being Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of many books including The Shift. Angelika runs her own business as trainer, inspirational speaker and workshop facilitator and is currently writing a book which will complement this work. She has no plans to retire and cherishes a dream of being up on stage with Wayne Dyer one day.