Greek Australians named finalists in The Third Sector Awards 2022


Two Greek Australians have been named finalists in The Third Sector Awards 2022 for their leadership and innovation within the purpose and impact-driven not-for-profit sector.

Emma Lescesen Klinakis from St John Ambulance Victoria is a finalist in the ‘Campaign / Marketing Executive of the Year’ category, whilst Eleni Psillakis from Success Works Partners Inc is a finalist in the ‘Influencer of the Year’ category.

Who are these finalists? The Greek Herald finds out.

Emma Lescesen Klinakis:

Emma Lescesen Klinakis is a Marketing & Community Programs Manager at St John Ambulance Victoria.

She is experienced across the broad suite of integrated marketing and communications, as well as the development and management of community programs within not-for-profit. This includes the development of brand and tactical campaigns, new product launches, marketing strategy, budgeting and growth in sales and leads.

Emma is also a graduate of the Marketing Week Mini MBA with Mark Ritson.

Eleni Psillakis:

Eleni Psillakis sat on the concrete floor of a women’s prison reflecting on the path of life experiences that saw her spend 11 months behind bars. She had never been in trouble with the law, had an extensive work history, is a mother, recently grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and niece.

Sitting in that cell, she realised that it could be anyone that finds themselves ‘behind the fence.’ What she didn’t realise, was how difficult it would be for many to look past the record.

Eleni is now the manager of Success Works Partners Inc, an organisation which supports women with a criminal record build their resilience, employability and confidence, to present themselves to an employer who is willing to see them for their skills and potential – not the record.

READ MORE: ‘I know how hard it is’: Eleni Psillakis on rehabilitating female ex-offenders.




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