Laurence and Andrea were both born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to Calgary with three of their four children in 1997.

Today they have children and grandchildren in Calgary and in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Andrea started her working career in the Diamond Industry in Johannesburg.  Since living in Canada, she began a successful career in Marketing and Advertising and incorporated her Promotional and Branding company, BallyHoo Concepts in 2003, celebrating her 14th year in business this August.

Together Laurence and Andrea love travelling which takes them away from their busy daily routines.

Their love of life and nature encourages them to travel to exciting global destinations.

Both before and after their trauma on The Costa Concordia, their love for cruising is what they look forward to most when planning vacations.

Andrea is excited to share the details of their adventure on The Costa Concordia with you, followed by their incredible decision to return to the scene of the disaster only six months later where they met up with their rescuers and thanked the people of Giglio.

She is excited to have published her first book.

Survival Was Only the Beginning – A Costa Concordia Story.

Andrea is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Andrea has presented numerous National and International talks and Keynote presentations on this topic as well as powerful motivational lessons learned, the rewards in the Power of Resilience.