Lee is a local student attending school in Boroondara. She was born in 2004 to her mother, Paula, and father, Tom. Lee became a girl guide at the age of 7. This gave her many opportunities like trying out acting and going on an international camp. Becoming a girl guide gave Lee a chance to grow and develop. It also gave her many female role models to look up to.

Lee Tsourvakas

“Being diagnosed with Dyspraxia at the age of 3, I have a personal connection to the disability community and a desire to advocate for others within the community,” Lee said.

Lee took part in Council’s community workshop to help renew the Boroondara Community Plan 2021–31. She also took part in the Youth Disability Advocacy Services (YDAS) Young Leader Program in 2019 and is currently involved in the YDAS COVID-19 Advisory Group.

By being involved in the COVID-19 Advisory Group, Lee said, “I have further developed my leadership skills and made connections with other members.”

“Both of these programs are amazing and have made a positive impact on many people. The group has been able to meet with a range of people from different sectors, including Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), the National Disability Insurance Agency (the NDIA), Department of Families Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).”

In her role at the COVID-19 Advisory Group, Lee has been involved in developing a report published in September 2021 titled Disability in the time of COVID-19. She also helped to start a podcast titled Reasonable, Necessary and Essential in July/August 2021.

Lee encourages other women to lead with their gut, their heart and their head. When asked what International Women’s Day means to her, Lee said, “It is a day to celebrate not only who we are as females, but the contribution that we make to society.”

“It's also a day to recognise the women that have come before us and have sacrificed a lot for women today to have the freedoms that we have.”

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