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Finding My Place

April 3, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm



A one day forum for sharing stories by and about people with disabilities who have taken their place in their community.

People will share their experience of school life; moving into their own homes; having jobs; following their passions and contributing to their community.

The presenters who live with disability and the people who support them will share their thinking and the down to earth strategies they have used to get started and keep going.

It’s never too early or too late to start planning for a good life. This is a rare opportunity to hear from and ask questions of people who didn’t listen to everything they were told they couldn’t do.

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Presenters have been announced!

Marlena Katene (Gold Coast, QLD)

Marlena lives on the Gold Coast and is a young leader who inspires others by living a fast-paced 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.


Rodney Mills (Brisbane, QLD)

For many years, Rodney was put in the ‘too hard basket’, by services, when exhibiting ‘challenging behaviours’ on an almost daily basis. His family was exhausted and there was little hope for his future. Today, Rodney lives in his own home, is a teacher and a trainer, has worked for 10 years in a paid job at the organisation that used to support him, and is now running his own business presenting to the community. Rodney is passionate about people with disability having a voice and leading meaningful and inclusive lives in the community. His journey has taken him around Australia and the world, including the United States and Canada. Rodney loves to travel and is driven to share his experiences, connecting with and inspiring others to achieve their dreams regardless of labels or abilities.


Sean Fisher & Lisa Bridle (Brisbane, QLD)

Sean attended his neighbourhood primary school in Brisbane and graduated 5 years ago from a large Catholic boys school. Since then, he has been a valued member of the Operations Team at Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and for the past 2 years has also worked part-time at the Brisbane Convention & Entertainment Centre.


Lisa Bridle grew up in Dalby and is a social worker with a background in community development. Lisa is mother of 3. Since Sean was born, she has been developing her own skills as an advocate through supporting Sean’s school inclusion and as an active member of family advocacy organisations. Lisa has been the Senior Consultant in Leadership Development at Community Resource Unit since 2010.

Her work in family leadership development assists families to have a positive vision of an inclusive life and developing the skills they need to pursue that vision both as an individual family and as part of collective efforts for change. If you would like more information, please contact Lisa using the details on the front of this flyer.

Who Should Attend?

This will be of interest to people with disabilities, their parents, families and friends as well as people who support people with disability in paid roles.

Using Your NDIS Funding at CRU:

For people who are self-managing or using a plan manager, it is possible to use NDIS funding at CRU. To help you work out if this event is a reasonable and necessary support that will help you (or your family member) achieve your goals, see the Learning Objectives below. For more information about using NDIS funding at CRU, see our website. As CRU is not a registered NDIS service provider at this stage, people who are Agency managed cannot use NDIS funding to pay fees for CRU events.

Participants in this event will:

  • Gain knowledge and ideas from presenters with disability about how to build a life included and embedded in community.
  • Learn practical strategies successfully used by individuals and their families to achieve their goals around employment, contribution, relationships and independence. 
  • Gain knowledge and ideas of setting up and sustaining tailored, individualised support for a person with a disability.
  • Understand how a vision of a good life can set the direction and drive goals and effort with the person.
  • Be challenged to have high expectations when setting goals and making plans to achieve them. 
  • Understand the importance of intentionality and proactivity in creating a plan for the future.


Cancellation Policy:

To view CRU’s cancellation policy, visit: 

Community Resource Unit Ltd.

CRU has a 30 year track record of working across Queensland to help people with a disability take control of their lives and take their place in their community

Contact CRU if you need assistance or are unable to register online, by calling (07) 3844 2211 or email us at




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