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International TV celebrity, businesswoman and author.


Dorinda Hafner has a fascinating background! She comes from a family of legal hawks, doctors and healthcare workers. From an early professional training in London and work as a registered nursing sister, obstetrics nurse, ophthalmic nurse, optician and, believe it or not, a model, she is a breath of fresh air. She’s a head-spinning combination of many things. Be in her company for more than a minute and you wonder what your life was like before you met her!

Dorinda is now more widely known as an international TV celebrity Chef, actor, businesswoman and best-selling author with 5 TV series and 8 books to her credit, (2 of her TV series won awards and 2 of her books also won international awards). Her shows reached over 40 countries and 2 of her books have also been translated into Dutch & Portuguese.

Dorinda has received numerous awards namely: “African Australian Woman of the Year”, “Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Leadership & Advocacy for African Women & their communities in SA” & in August 2012 she was awarded the title of “Living Legend” at the Opera House, Sydney and Prime Minister Julia Gillard named her as “A People of Australia Ambassador”

For 10yrs Dorinda was a weekly TV food presenter with Bert Newton on channel Ten’s Good Morning Australia and also became the ‘Face’ of The Adelaide Central Market for 7½yrs. There’s much more to her list of credits than cooking and food anthropology. She can regale you with tales of her life. She’s spellbinding. You’ll need tissues on the tables as she’s been known to have everyone crying with laughter!
Dorinda sits at tables with paupers & princes alike. Her popularity with most cultures is a credit to her outstanding communication skills. And as if that were not enough for one lifetime - Dorinda’s now also a very popular marriage celebrant - “you are not really married until you are married by Dorinda!” Dorinda’s a one-off - she inspires, motivates & infects people with her passion, energy and irreverent joie de vivre. Put simply, Dorinda believes life is there to be lived without regret despite inevitable upheavals!

Thank you for the wonderful and very meaningful learnings and memories I brought home from the AFCC conference. Your beautiful energy filled the room not only during your keynote speech but also for the rest of the conference. I could feel a big change both in myself and of other delegates after your session, almost as though everyone had relaxed into a space that both honoured their uniqueness and the abilities they had to share and bring to the table. The Caboolture Early Years Centre

On behalf of the Council of English Australia I'd like to thank you for your contribution to the success of the English Australia Conference. Your closing plenary session was everything we wanted it to be, and more. Thank you for engaging and uplifting the delegates and ensuring they left on a ‘high’, ready to go back to their classrooms and offices with renewed energy and purpose. Delegate comments have been exceptionally positive and I'm sure that for many your address was a high point of their conference experience.

English Australia

Dorinda was delightful! Her enthusiasm was infectious and her ability to entertain, educate and interact had us all dancing with all ages was amazing and just what we needed. She managed to get everyone involved from our shy conservative types to the extroverted types, women and men all loved her bubbly personality and presentation. Personally, I also appreciated how she was able to tailor her presentation specifically to my theme and needs, in what was relatively short notice. Much appreciated. A job well done.

Rossdale Homes

A wonderful message you shared with everyone today. Thank you for your generous spirit and laughter that surely wakes up nations.

Hanns Enterprises

Dorinda was very entertaining, funny, inspirational and a fantastic MC. Dorinda managed to have the entire room up off their feet and laughing. This was the second time that I've had the pleasure of seeing Dorinda and was just as impressed as the first time.

Queensland Newspaper

Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for your attendance at our Annual Staff Forum. I am sure you have heard from many that you are charismatic, engaging, funny, inspirational and skillful at taking people on a journey. Whilst all of our staff work alongside people who live with chronic mental illness, 75% of them also have the lived experience of mental illness or are carers. Your engaging presentation was powerful and empowering for some that have lived with stigma for much of their life. A mere thank you does not seem to be enough!

Mental Illness Fellowship South Australia

Thank you so much for the wonderful entertainment you provided. The VIEW members loved you. The night was a great success and I know everyone went away on a very high note.

VIEW, Voice Interests and Education of Women

Dorinda was amazing; she captivated the audience from the moment she got on stage and kept the energy level high until the very end. As a guest speaker for our fundraiser, Dorinda will be difficult to top next year.

The Mary Potter Foundation Inc
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