WITH a “go get ’em” attitude, 39-year-old Michelle Mullane is almost unstoppable.
The Newmarket parishioner paused briefly to share with The Leader about being the first person with a disability to complete a Certificate IV in theology through the Institute of Faith Education (IFE).
She’s also notched up 20 years as a volunteer in many areas of Brisbane archdiocese.
“My disability doesn’t stop me,” Michelle said.
“I’m not very good with pen and paper but I can talk.”
Honest-talking Michelle studied theology in 2003.
That was a springboard to helping co-ordinate reflection days for people with a disability in the archdiocese.
It also led to a role in the development of the archdiocesan statement on disability and inclusion, “Sign of the Kingdom”.
Michelle is still on hand to give support in its implementation.
Disability inclusion officer for the Faith and Life Vicariate in Brisbane archdiocese Deacon Anthony Gooley said Michelle’s help was invaluable.
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