Wilma Brbot - 'Queen of Kindness' | Escape Haven

Wilma Brbot – ‘Queen of Kindness’


Wilma was nominated by her husband, Joe

Wilma Brbot has always BEAN there for everyone.

She’s a CUP above the rest.


Never gets BITTER,

Keeps everyone GROUNDED.

And in rain, hail or shine everyday she heads to the homeless shelter,

And freshly BREWS COFFEE for those in need.

It’s time this wonderful woman enjoys a relaxing escape,

And sip on a CUPPA someone has lovingly made.

Did you think you were this much of an inspiration to this person in your life?

To tell you the truth I’ve never thought of myself as inspirational, so no it never entered my mind Joe thought I was so inspirational that he’d nominate me.  I’ve never had a high profile job, travelled the world, dressed in the latest fashions, etc.  I’m just an ordinary woman from the Western Suburbs in Melbourne that believes everyone, regardless of age or race, should have a chance to live a healthy, fulfilling life.

How does the person who nominated you affect your life?

Joe has always been a positive and grateful person.  I suppose his power of gratitude is one of the things that has a huge effect on my life. Through gratitude I’ve become a more positive and caring person. It’s also made me a better wife, daughter and friend. I believe that in some very tangible ways, gratitude has made my life better.

Explain in your own words what you do that is an inspiration. Try not to be modest!

What drives you to do what you do?

Wow, this is a hard one. Like I mentioned in the earlier question, I don’t really think I’m that inspirational.  In my own words, I’m just a proud Western Suburbs girl that enjoys a yarn with less fortunate folks over a cup of coffee or tea.  Simple acts of kindness and a helping hand can make all the difference to someone else, inspires me to do good. I love seeing the smiles on peoples faces and knowing that I somehow made their day a little bit better and warmer.

What are your core values?

Honesty, being yourself and being genuine. If you can’t say something to someone’s face it’s probably not something you should say out loud and never judge others

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

I’m not going to lie and say my entire life is solely committed to helping others.  That’s not true.  I enjoy doing something just for me. This is especially true in the last few months.  After working for the same organisation for 25 years, I have lost my job.  In the past few months, I’ve taken time out and have enjoyed doing nothing. By that I mean, pottering in the garden or spending an entire afternoon just reading.  I find this to be a relaxing ‘me’ time

Outline your perfect ‘me time’. A hot bath with candles? Or perhaps just a walk by yourself to reflect.

If I could afford it, my ideal ‘me’ time would be visiting a day spa, enjoying a facial, a full body massage followed by relaxing cup of coffee (is it too indulgent of me to ask if my masseur can be a big, burly handsome Swede that calls himself Sven?).

What inspires you in day-to-day life?

People motivate me. I love helping, and making people happy. It gives me satisfaction to see the smile on someone’s face after helping or encouraging them in some way. Everyday, ordinary people inspire me by how they live their lives out loud.  It doesn’t take a Lance Armstrong or a Oprah Winfrey to inspire but it does have a lasting impression when people live inspired lives because it’s who they are to the core.  I watch my next-door neighbor Peter, who has MS, tackle each day with more fervor and gusto than most people I know; I often forget he’s in a wheelchair let alone stricken with a debilitating disease.  He makes me want to be a better person. Or looking out through the kitchen window watching my husband outside stacking wood and I am inspired by a man who puts so much care and thought into everything he does for us.  I might be more apt to sling and stack at an Olympic pace that gets it all done in record time; not hubby, he thoughtfully and strategically grooms the backyard, stacks the wood and ensures that everything is in its place.  By witnessing him and other people who live their lives right in front of me I learn new skills: the art of patience, the value of resting, the pride of a job well done, and a respect for people doing everyday things that inspire me to be a better person than I was yesterday. My future motivates me. I want to be the best that I can for me.

Which part of the prize excites me most?

EVERYTHING!!!! Just the thought of going on a holiday excites me. Did your mention ‘having meals cooked for me?’. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.  You mean to tell me I won’t have to think up ways how to create a delicious yet nutritional meal out of sausages and potatoes?  You’ve got my answer. A cooked meal and a relaxing cup of coffee wins hands down.

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