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Catherine Laherty

Contracted Presenters

Sharon Bourke

Sharon Bourke currently works as a Professional Development Consultant. Over the years she has worked in various roles, including managing individualised support agencies, advocacy, workshop facilitation and planning. All of her roles hold a focus on finding individualised and quality support options for people with disability and their families. She has also represented families on advisory committees to government on a range of issues, including inclusive education, quality services and family support.

Sharon believes her most significant learning began 32 years ago when her first son was born with significant disabilities. Her children’s life journeys and their challenges continue to be an inspiration.

Sharon, in partnership with her youngest son Dan, have chosen to self-direct funds that support him. With clarity of vision and practical planning strategies, Sharon believes self-direction can provide people with more flexible options and opportunities to find creative ways of living real lives.

Penny Sampson

Penny Sampson works as a Life Coach, Facilitator and Consultant with over 20 years of experience within the disability sector. Penny is experienced in planning, developing and negotiating strategies and support for people with a disability.

Her professional background includes extensive experience in facilitating training and workshops for large and small groups across the disability sector including with TAFE and Disability Services Queensland. Her recent work includes the development and provision of Personal Centred Active Support workshops for NDS Tasmania to disability sector groups.

In a voluntary capacity, Penny is also a Board Member (Mentoring Liaison) for the Virtues Project International Association and committee member for Greater Springfield Community.