Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Registrations close at 5:00 pm AEST on Thursday, 16 May

Kathryn Lee

We are excited to welcome Kathryn to the Get That Good Life! conference. Kathryn and her daughter Annie will be talking about lifelong learning.

About Kathryn

Portrait of Kathryn Lee

Kathryn Lee is an Accountant, somewhat reluctant business owner, and mother to two wonderful and busy young women.

Kathryn’s approach to raising her youngest daughter, Annie, has always been guided by the pursuit of typical life experiences. She has high expectations of the capacity and abilities of both of her children but understands the additional attention and support Annie needs to have opportunities similar to her sister. The home she and her husband Damian have created is filled with laughter, warmth, creativity, and sometimes frenetic activity as they manage the household’s many pursuits.

Despite the many things on her to-do list, Kathryn even manages to make time for her own lifelong learning.

Annie’s Presentation

The Gift of Learning

Presented by Annie Lee and Kathryn Lee

Lifelong learning is an essential part of every person’s good life. Learning new ideas and skills is not only good for the soul. The act of learning often opens new doors, especially in our careers. It gives us opportunities to meet like-minded people, so we often make friends and broaden our social circles. Our course of study might lead to a new hobby, a business venture, or even travel. Our pursuit of knowledge or skills enriches so many parts of our lives.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to learn throughout their lives. But many people assume that people with disability

  • Don’t have the academic capacity, focus, or persistence to engage in lifelong learning
  • Wouldn’t benefit from learning new skills (“What’s the point?”)
  • Would rather be doing leisure activities and other “fun” pursuits, rather than “hard stuff like learning”.

Annie Lee and her mother, Kathryn, will change the way you think about building skills and knowledge after school and beyond. This is regardless of a person’s disability or the obstacles that are often placed in front of people wanting to pursue an interest or learning opportunity.

Annie has learned many new skills since finishing school in 2020. Some skills have been taught by mentors, while others were learned through participation in formal mainstream courses. Most recently, Annie has started a Cert II in Business Studies at the Canberra Institute of Technology. You’ll hear how all these pursuits have given her so much more than new business skills.

And you’ll hear how Kathryn’s commitment to fostering a love of learning has helped to set Annie on an inclusive pathway, right from the earliest years

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