Emilie Adlide, (LLB), Chair of the Board
I am a Member of CanTeen because both my parents died from pancreatic cancer. At times throughout my cancer journey, I’ve found it difficult to express what’s happening for me to people who haven’t experienced anything similar. I’ve felt alone and isolated. Since joining CanTeen nearly nine years ago, I’ve found people and new friends willing to accept me for me and share challenges and strategies around managing life during and after cancer.
As time passed, I realised I wanted to give back to this incredible organisation. One way to do that is by taking on a leadership role, providing feedback and ideas about how to make CanTeen an even better place for all young people living with cancer. On programs I found people were looking up to me, as a role model, and I really wanted to show them the difference one young person can make within CanTeen. From secretary of the ACT & Southern NSW Leadership team to sitting on the Member Advisory Council and finally becoming Chair of the Board today, I have gradually gained responsibility and developed leadership skills which allow me to better represent member views and wishes. This experience has been incredibly empowering and rewarding, knowing CanTeen continues to hear and respond to the voice of the young people it supports.
After completing my Bachelor of Law/Arts at the Australian National University with first class Honours in mid-2016, I made the move to Western Australia where I completed my practical legal training at Legal Aid in Kununurra before travelling to Perth in 2017 where I now work as a Legal Associate. I also have a background as a qualified mediator and hope to use these skills combined with my legal knowledge to assist me in my practice as a lawyer in the future.