Lizzy is a leader in the multicultural sector and adviser on refugee experience and community engagement, passionate about the advancement and advocacy of issues to build better, more inclusive communities.
Currently, she is the Inclusion Capability Officer at the Level Crossings Removal Project and also work as Multicultural Officer at St Francis Xavier College, delivering and implementing programs and events to build awareness and drive change with families and the school.
She also helps lead a significant Victorian State Government initiative, the Metropolitan Partnerships program, helping build community engagement on the economy, inclusion, and the environment to design and deliver better policy outcomes. In her role as Member for the Inner South East Region Partnership (InnerSEMetroPartnership), she builds relationships with community and industry leaders to listen and help identify the issues that matter with a focus on youth and refugees.
Her passion is helping other refugees overcome enormous challenges to build a great life in Australia and contribute to communities. As a public speaker, working with the Refugee Council of Australia, she shares her own refugee story of fleeing war-torn South Sudan with her grandma and three young brothers, only to be stuck in Egypt for four years before arriving in Melbourne in 2005.
She is now studying a business degree with a major in economics at Swinburne University, she has an Advanced Diploma Justice from Holmesglen Institute and enjoys a lifelong love of learning, undertaking many subsequent courses.
‘I have been given a huge opportunity and I want to pay it forward. I am a leader in my local community, advising the City of Monash on community engagement initiatives to educate and inform on service delivery across arts, culture, and events’.
She has also worked with diverse groups including the United Nations Association of Australia, Victorian Police, White Ribbon and South Sudanese Community Association raising awareness, promoting social cohesion, gender equality and respectful relationships. She has also done a lot of informal mentoring and love seeing young people thrive through acknowledgment, recognition and assistance.
When not working, you’ll find her sipping tea, writing poems, and reflecting on families, friends, and opportunity.
You can book Lizzy for a speaking presentation via our Face-to-Face program here.
You can also read our Refugee Week media release here.
Please note that speakers are confirmed once a booking has been made and will be based on their availability.