Janella Purcell grew up in Camp Hill as the third of four children and attended Mt Carmel Primary School in Coorparoo. She attended Lourdes Hill College from 1981 to 1985, where she was an active participant in both tennis and music and as SRC in years 9 and 11.
Janella’s greatest influence at Lourdes Hill came from her religion teacher, a novice nun named Monica Brown. Janella and Sr Monica shared not only a Lebanese-Irish heritage, but also a deep sense of spirituality. To this day, Janella remains close friends with Monica, whom she describes as her ‘guardian angel’.
Along with Janella’s spirituality came a deep awareness of the connection between the mind, body and spirit. She became passionate about the importance of healthy eating, and the positive impacts it makes on people – both physically and mentally.
In 1990, Janella became professionally involved in the world of organics and whole food. She firstly became a wholefood chef, before furthering her studies to obtain qualifications in Naturopathy, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has since written four books on the subjects.
Janella’s belief in keeping food free from pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO technology, irradiation and intense processing led her into mainstream media in order to educate others on the benefits of keeping food clean and toxin free, and introducing the public to the concept of using food as medicine. She is a regular contributor to TV, radio and print media, with recent TV appearances on 'Good Chef Bad Chef', 'The Biggest Loser' and ‘What’s Good For You'. She has a large and loyal social media following.
Janella is the ambassador to LifeStream, a wholefood, vegan and sustainable supplement range who just celebrated their 30th year in business.
With clinics in both Sydney and Bangalow – close to her new hometown of Coorabell in the Byron Shire, New South Wales, Janella coaches clients on how to improve not only their health but that of the earth, by making choices that are both green and natural.
Snapshot of LHC: 1976-1985

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 1976 included the ‘Back to 1916’ Picnic Day. In 1977 sailing became part of the sport program. A Japanese exchange program was begun with Seiwa School in Sasebo, Japan. The Miss Lourdanian competition was introduced. 1979 saw the first of the popular and profitable Arts and Crafts Shows, as well as the introduction of the new school uniform featuring green skirts and checked blouses.
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