Leanne Walsh’s passion and dedication towards disability education, awareness and inclusion began together with her son Curtis who was born 13 weeks premature with Cerebral Palsy.
Leanne’s desire to make her community an inclusive and accepting place has earned her numerous awards that includes a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Qld Disability Action Week Award and Australia Day Local Legends Award, because of her commitment and contribution for assisting individuals and many families cope with the difficulties faced with caring for a person with a disability.
It is from her own journey and experiences that led her to develop and create a charity and service that specializes in supporting families and individuals, as well as educate the younger generation about disability, acceptance and inclusion.
Leanne founded Butterfly Kids, a successful one stop shop concept, that received ministerial recognition and which has now evolved into Sunshine Butterflies to support babies, kids, teens, tweens and adults with a disability and their families. Leanne has recently been appointed by the State Minister for Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Hon Curtis Pitt MP to the Regional Advisory Council which she will represent for a 3 year term.
It is because of Leanne’s enthusiasm, love and devotion towards Curtis that Sunshine Butterflies continues to flourish, thrive, prosper and grow to promote and support others in their flight for acceptance within an inclusive and accepting community.