Queen of hearts

Carrie Leeson

Rising suicide, drug use and domestic violence rates are causing widespread problems in our communities. But remarkable people like Carrie Leeson, CEO of Lifeline Canberra, are passionate about doing all they can to change these statistics.

Once a former fitness instructor, model, business owner and even Richard Branson employee/mentoree, Carried moved to Canberra from South Africa almost 20 years ago. As well as being a highly accomplished business leader, Carrie manages to juggle her crucial role with the responsibilities of raising a family and studying for her Masters. Living in Canberra, she insists, makes it all possible:

“Canberra, because of its layout, the ease of getting around, gives you so much time back. It’s enabled me to work full time, raise young boys and study an MBA—all at the same time!  I can leave university at 4pm and be walking the lake with my boys on bikes at 4:10pm.  Life is short so making the most of every minute is what makes living in this city so invaluable.

“There is also a high concentration of inspiration in Canberra.  It’s all around you urging you to lean in and take chances.  There is always something to strive towards and many people to encourage you to get there.  I am immensely grateful to everyone for their support throughout my career, and for inspiring me to take on this privileged role.

“They say if you do what you love, it doesn’t feel like work. This is what Canberra has given me.  I haven’t worked a day in my life since I moved here.”

Play Video
Carrie Leeson