Roger & Alison Reece
As a Human Resources expert, Roger Reece has many years of experience in positively managing change in various situations for many people. These skills came in very handy when he himself was thrown the biggest challenge of his life.
Roger was born in the United Kingdom where he completed his Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics and later commenced his professional career with BP, resulting in worldwide travel. During 1993, Roger was posted to Australia to look after BP’s interests in the North West Shelf and PNG, requiring further travel in the Asian region. During trips around 1999 to tropical regions, this intuitive man became aware of sensitivity to, and was fatigued by, high temperatures. He also developed balance issues.
This trouble shooter instigated medical inquiries and an MRI, which pointed towards the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis nine years ago at the age of 47, the most common chronic neurological disease of the 20 to 50 age-group.
Currently Roger is a dedicated Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Doncaster and a qualified company director. He is also an active member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. He is focused on what his family, including his wife and three children, can do to lessen the impact MS has on the family unit. Roger’s wife Alison has joined the MS Ambassador Program and speaks alongside Roger providing the very important viewpoint of the carer role.
Sensibly Roger’s attitude was directed firstly towards education, which led to a positive frame of mind. Roger then found his way to become involved with the MS Ambassador Program.
MS Ambassadors Roger and Alison Reece are dedicated Ambassadors who are firmly convinced that “how you view life and whatever you are able to put into it, comes down to your attitude towards it: surely, multiple sclerosis represents a condition where Attitude is Everything!”
What people have said about Roger and Alison's speaking spots:
- “Excellent presentation by someone who 1) knows how to present and 2) understanding the disease first hand” - Rotary Club of Doncaster