Our Presenters

We invite you to join us to hear from a range of speakers who will share ideas and stories about what makes a positive difference in the lives of people with disability, their families and our communities, in order to feel hopeful and emboldened for the decades to come.

Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they think of themselves as modern day storytellers, using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change.

Norman and Emma travel extensively throughout North America and internationally providing training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, behaviour support, and other disability rights issues. Norman and Emma have a book, several journal articles, and three book chapters to their credit.

They have also developed ‘Conversations that Matter,’ an online values training platform
consisting of over 120 videos featuring the leading voices in community living and disability rights.

Professor Rhonda Galbally AO is a member of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Board and the NDIA’s Independent Advisory Council.

As a woman who lives with disability, Rhonda has made many contributions to Australian and international social development, particularly for people with disability. She has led a number of not-for-profit organisations as founding CEO, and was Chair of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council from 2008-2013.

She is a long standing and committed architect and advocate for change in Australia, including as one of the authors of the Shut Out Report in 2009, a powerful and essential precursor to the NDIS.

Rhonda has been recognised for her contributions with an Order of Australia, a Centenary Medal and the Prime Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

Marlena Katene lives on the Gold Coast and is a young leader who inspires others by living an enviable life as a journalist, business owner, world traveller, author and presenter.

As well as running a successful  jumping castle business, “Burleigh Bouncers”, Marlena has built up an extensive portfolio of interviews with a particular focus on musicians and entertainers (The AAC Journalist).

A passionate disability advocate, she has travelled extensively throughout the world and Australia to promote an inclusive and positive life for all people with a disability, regardless of limitations presented by impairment.

Lindie Brengman and Matt Harvey are the parents of four children, including a high school daughter with a disability who attends the same P-12 independent college as her siblings. Matt’s personal experience with his brother, who received a segregated education, led him to become an advocate for something different for his own daughter.

Lindie is an Occupational Therapist and Matt is a local GP. Together they have worked with their children’s school to promote more inclusive policies and practices.  Both are actively involved in the Queensland Collective for Inclusive Education (QCIE).

Lindie convenes the Brisbane Eastside QCIE Peer Support Network and Matt’s contribution to QCIE focuses on engaging with politicians and health professionals.

Melita Benn and Candy Ezard will join us from Community Connection Townsville to share a story of organisational change.

Community Connection has navigated many changes including the transition to the NDIS yet remains steeped within its foundations which guide their ability to be creative, adaptive and able to respond.

Individuals and their families have provided the vision that has inspired the board and staff to work together to provide supports and solutions through which all individuals can thrive.  Melita and Candy have both had a long association with the organisation and now hold senior management roles.