Staff Snapshot: Joanna Le

20 July 2016

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At YWCA Canberra, we’re really proud of the vibrancy and diversity of our staff team. We’ll be bringing you regular staff snapshots so you can meet our team and find out a bit more about the people behind our programs and services. Today, meet Jo, our Director of Corporate Relations and Communications.

Tell us about your role at YWCA Canberra.

I’ve recently returned from parental leave to continue my role as Director of Corporate Relations and Communications. One of the great things about working in this team is that we interact with all areas of the organisation through our communications, impact measurement, advocacy, fundraising and special projects work. I have the privilege of working with a very professional, innovative and motivated team, which makes coming to work an absolute pleasure!

What’s on your playlist?

At the moment I’m listening to a lot of 70s rock, reggae, and motown classics.

What are you reading at the moment?

I’m currently reading a book called “Zen mind, beginners mind” by Shunryu Suzuki, which is an introductory guide to zen principles and meditation.

When you’re not at work, what’s your relaxation activity of choice? 

Having a nine month old doesn’t leave me with a lot of time to relax. But when I do, I try and make it to the gym to do some strength and conditioning training, have a massage, or do some stretching and mobility work at home.  

What is the scariest thing you’ve done in the past year?

Become a parent – hahaha!

What’s on your bucket list?

I’d love to go to North America. Having travelled around South America a couple of times, I’d really like to explore the “other side”.

Who is your feminist hero?

I have many, but having recently read Gloria Steinem’s memoir, I’m in awe of her humble outlook and incredible contribution to achieving gender equality.

What makes you proud to work at the Y?

The reason I was attracted to becoming a member of YWCA Canberra prior to working here, was the difference it made to the lives of folks living in the ACT. Our impact is pretty incredible, and I’m proud to make a contribution to that important work.

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