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Barbara Smith, The Roving Trainer

MBF Member Profile

Hello, my name is Barbara Smith and I'm the technology coach at The Roving Trainer

Contact details

0410 420 799

Committee Member and Mentor at the Micro Business Forum.

Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessing

MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)

About Barb

Barb's passion is teaching Computers/Technology and she keeps her class/one on one clients entertained and interested in this by going beyond what is taught in a standard textbook. Her classes and one on ones are full of participation and interaction through real life scenarios. Her goal is to have core understanding of the computer using simple exercises.

She is an outgoing, creative and enthusiastic teacher who is supportive and encouraging approach to teaching allows her students to exceed their expectations.

Her extensive experience in Information Technology and Training at corporate level, provides a solid background for her lessons.

She has taught over 3,000 people in 3 countries and loves handing on this knowledge.

Professional Development

  • Completed TAFE Training Program for Press Operations Officer for Commonwealth Games GC2018 Gold Coast

  • 2017 Was MC at the Make a Wish Foundation Ball

  • 2016 Nominee in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards

  • 2015 Nominee in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards

  • 2015 Finalist in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards

  • 2014 Finalist in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards

  • 2013 Was MC at the Employee of the Year Awards – Port Macquarie

  • 2014 Finalist in the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards

  • 2008 Gave various talks about my recovery from terminal Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer

  • 2001 Nov was keynote speaker for IOC (International Olympic Committee) in New York City

  • 2001 Financed and assisted in the writing, printing, promoting and publishing of a book regarding the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney 2000 called “Living is Giving – The Volunteer Experience” by Laurie Smith OAM

  • 2001 Managed the financial operation including MYOB data entry and profit and loss for the book

  • 2000 Completed TAFE Training Program for National Olympic Committee Assistants

  • 1999 Was speaker On Speakers Bureau for Olympic Communicators providing speeches regarding the Olympic Movement

Volunteer Work

  • 2018 Volunteer Photographer with Ironman Australia Port Macquarie – 10 years’ service.

  • 2018 Volunteer Commonwealth Games as Press Operations Officer.

  • 2016 Volunteered as a National Olympic Committee Assistant working in the Olympic Village for the Delegation of Turkey.

  • 2014 Won Tall Poppy Award from the Hastings Business Women’s Network given Life Membership.

  • 2014 Mentored in the Hastings Business Women’s Network Mentoring Program.

  • 2013 Won Hastings Heroine in 2013 for services to the country.

  • 2012 Volunteered as an Assistant to the Australian Olympic Committee in London 2012.

  • 2012 Was invited to sit on The Business Hub of the Port Macquarie Hastings Region representing the Micro Business Forum.

  • 2008 Volunteered with Australian Olympic Team Beijing and working in the village and responsible for Athlete Services.

  • 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Volunteered at the Port Macquarie Ironman.

  • 2007 to current committee member of the Micro Business Forum, became Membership Secretary, 2011 became Vice President, 2013 became President and now Mentor.

  • 2006 Set up the Coffee Computer Club in Redfern and gave pro bono computer training for people in disadvantaged situations.

  • 2004 Volunteered with Australian Olympic Team in Athens 2004 and working in the village and responsible for Athlete Services. Also spectator services volunteer at the indoor volleyball in Athens.

  • 2001 Founding member of the Spirit of Sydney Volunteers, a group of former Olympic volunteers getting together to spread the spirit of Olympism and to continue to volunteer at sports events.

  • 2001 Centenary of Federation Parade Volunteer.

  • 2000 National Paralympic Committee Assistant to the Swedish Team 2000 of 120 Athletes and Officials

  • 1999 – 2000 Volunteer Public Speaker with the Olympic Communicators with Sydney Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (SOCOG)

  • 1985 Volunteer Auntie in the Aunties & Uncles Program since 1985 sponsoring 8 children (Receiving Meritorious Service Award from Manly Municipal Council for Community Service in 1992 and Awarded Manly Pacific Park Royal Community Award for services to the Northern Beaches community 1996. Have cared for 8 children over 24 years.

  • 1986 to current World Vision Sponsor

  • 1984 Was a founding member of the Qantas Peer Support Group designed to help crew in catastrophic situations overseas

  • 1982 to 1989 Was involved in the Qantas Cabin Crew Team where we helped in orphanages in Zimbabwe and Thailand on our down time.

  • Blood Donor for many years until contracting cancer.

  • 1979 Justice of the Peace.

  • 1972 Netball Coach of under 8’s and under 14’s.

  • 1972 Netball Umpire.

  • 1968 St John’s Ambulance Cadet


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