MEET EMILY - Pharmacist, Lawyer, Social Justice Activist
Taking action from the heart!
As a resident of Darebin my whole life, I understand the needs and pressures of our community.
I am a Clinical Pharmacist, a Human Rights and Refugee Lawyer in Darebin, a social justice activist and I enjoy all my volunteer work helping others. I like to give back to the community by working with multicultural and refugee communities, assisting survivors of family violence, promoting gender-equality and women’s advocacy groups.
My grandparents and parents migrated from a small rural villages in Northern Greece to Melbourne. They chose to settle in the Northcote and Fairfield area and make it their new home.
I attended St Andrews Kindergarten, Fairfield Primary School and Thornbury High School, all in the Darebin South East ward. My local, public education was a gateway to a Pharmacy Degree at Monash University and post-graduate qualifications in Law at The University of Melbourne.
My husband and I love living in Darebin. We celebrate the diversity it brings, its friendliness and vibrancy, its great access to shops, restaurants, transport, entertainment and its employment opportunities. We could not think of a better community to raise a family in.
I wish to stand as a candidate in South Ward to advocate for our growing community during these unprecedented times. Having worked on the frontline as an Emergency Department and Intensive Care Pharmacist during the coronavirus pandemic, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects individuals, families and the community have encountered. I want to ensure that all Darebin residents and businesses are well supported and prosper beyond the recovery of the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s what I’m fighting for to ensure our collective futures are brighter than ever:
- Stop unnecessary increases in rates.
- Stop oppressive parking constraints residential streets with very limited ability to access permits.
- Secure jobs and investment into Darebin to recover and rebuild from the pandemic.
- Vote against inappropriate development in our neighbourhoods and actively work to improve planning controls.
- Improve our local amenities and services.
- Ensure real action on climate change by using the practical levers available to local government.
- Introduce proper governance and accountability over expenditure and decision-making.
Together we can Achieve!
South Darebin Campaign Launch Event
Join me, Emily Dimitriadis for the South East Ward and my good friends Chiara Lawry for the South Ward and Peter Willis for the South Central Ward along with Federal Member for Cooper, Ged Kearney MP and author and presenter Jamilla Rizvi on Thursday the 17th of September at 7 PM for a live Facebook Event.
We are three local Labor members running for Darebin Council, come meet us and ask us your questions!
Ged Kearney is the local Federal Member for Cooper. She is also the Shadow Assistant Minister for Skills and Aged Care. Ged started her working life as a nurse and rose to become Federal Secretary of the Australian Nursing Federation and the president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is the Chief Creative Officer for the Nine Network's Future Women and hosts their podcast of the same name. Jamila is a regular contributor to the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Project, Today, The Drum and ABC New Breakfast. Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics as an advisor to the Rudd and Gillard governments.
We will be sharing our vision for Darebin Council to be the best it can be. A Council that gets the basics right, delivers high quality services for our elderly and young families and supports the people and businesses hardest hit by COVID-19.