My name is Kristy Lekkas and I was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. My mother is from English/Australian descent and my father immigrated from Greece in the early 1970’s. I grew up playing a lot of sport from a young age and always have appreciated the Mediterranean diet. My parents taught me the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle for both mental and physical health. After finishing high school, I completed a Bachelor Degree in Public Health at Griffith University, majoring in Health Promotion. I have always enjoyed meeting people from different communities and have had the opportunity to study, volunteer and travel to different places around the world.
Before starting at ECCQ I worked in the fitness industry for 4 years as a group fitness instructor, but, I always knew my passion was in public health. For the last 3 years, I have worked as a Program Officer within the Chronic Disease Team. I am very dedicated to assisting community members to increase their education and understanding on Chronic Disease, its prevention and over all on how to live a healthier life. I enjoy that everyday is different and that I get to meet so many wonderful people from all around the world, listen to their stories and learn about their cultures.
This year has been unlike any other and it is a very important time to support the CALD communities. Health needs to be looked at holistically, culturally tailored and appropriate. Organisations and communities need to work together to take care of the physical, social and mental impacts of COVID-19 during the pandemic and beyond.