Inspiration covers latest phone book
COOLUM's magnificent bays are featured as the backdrop on the cover of this year's Sunshine Coast White and Yellow Pages.
The cover shows inspirational teacher Lisa Mills at the Point Perry lookout on a beautiful Sunshine Coast day.
Ms Mills was selected under the theme of inspiring others to achieve - recognising the unsung heroes who selflessly help others realise their goals in the community.
The deaf performing artist and teacher from Maroochydore has made it her life's work to help others, especially children, reach their potential through sign language and performing arts.
In the wake of Hearing Awareness Week, Ms Mills shares the challenges of growing up without hearing the world around her.
Deaf since birth, she struggled to overcome many barriers, but found solace in performing arts.
Now a theatre director, teacher, actor and yoga instructor, Ms Mills is achieving astonishing results through the courses she offers, many of them helping children to speak.
She teaches a range of courses to adults and children, including Auslan (Australian Sign Language), creative arts and yoga through her business, Honeybee Creations, at Maroochydore.
She is also passionate about increasing awareness of deaf issues in the community.
Deafness or hearing impairment is often described as the invisible disability.
This is partly because hearing aids tend not to be obvious, and partly because those affected are often isolated through lack of access to communication resources.
Family history and other factors can lead to hearing loss. Having diabetes, or being a smoker are contributors.
To find out more about hearing loss visit www.hearingawareness week.org.au/fact-sheets.