Co-presenter of the new iChange social innovation program, Leslie Lowe is studying Aviation at CQUni Bundaberg, and previously completed a Bachelor of Environmental Science. Managing a sustainability social enterprise with local Traditional Owners, Leslie is a proud Bundjalung man from the northern rivers of NSW, and his Indigenous name is Yulang, which translates to “skin”, and indicates responsibility as a storyteller or keeper of knowledge.
What was a recent highlight in your life?
Doing the Social Innovation Studio in Gladstone last year, working with diverse cultures in the social innovation space to solve real problems for the community.
What is your first memory?
Drowning at Bondi Beach when I was about two years old – luckily my nappy floated to the surface and showed where the rest of me had sunk to the bottom.
What is your favourite book of all time?
Wilbur Smith, The Egyptian series. Love historical fiction and that man can turn words into a technicolour dream. First novel I ever read was Enid Blyton’s Little Red Chair, I blame her for turning me into a novel junkie.
Who has made an impact on your life, and why?
Some of my Indigenous Elders I have learnt from.
This weekend is free – what do you do?
If you could solve any social issue in your community, what would you tackle first?
The disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous folk.
How are you changing the world?
One step at a time.
What was the moment that made you choose your career?
Science and social harmony is hard-wired into my Indigenous DNA!
Describe the greatest moment of your life so far?
The first time I flew an aircraft solo, that was deadly!
Who was the last person that made a difference to your life, and how?
My first CQUniversity lecturer, she got me over the first hurdle, and I haven’t looked back since.