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Health, skills, training and education at the top of agenda with Joanna Siejka as Pembroke candidate

  • Jo Siejka has seven years as CEO of Youth Network of Tasmania
  • Pembroke voters have clear opportunity to vote for progressive candidate
  • Young community leader is passionate about restoring health, improving skills and training

Pembroke voters have the opportunity to install a passionate new voice for their area in the Upper House by-election with the announcement today of Youth Network of Tasmania CEO Joanna Siejka as the Labor candidate.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said Ms Siejka – the YNOT CEO for seven years and a passionate advocate and campaigner for many social and charitable causes – would have a strong focus on health services for the area and the critical need for improved skills and training for the next generation.

“Jo has a wealth of professional and community experience and brings passion, vitality and a genuine desire for a better go for voters in her community,” Ms White said.

“She understands that Tasmanians cannot get the health services they need because our hospitals are in crisis, she understands the non-negotiable need for young Tasmanians to be given the best possible start with a solid education and valid skills and training so they can get meaningful jobs.

“Jo built her career advocating for the vulnerable and voiceless and I would welcome her as a member of the Labor team.”

Ms Siejka said she was determined to work hard and be a strong voice for the community.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be elected to the Legislative Council I intend to give the people of Pembroke the strongest possible voice,” Ms Siejka said.

“Through my work I’ve seen first-hand the issues Tasmanians face every day, including being unable to access adequate health care, being unable to access public housing and too many younger Tasmanians not accessing opportunities to gain essential skills, training and experience to help them find work.

“I’m passionate about my community and I’m passionate about Tasmania and I want the people of Pembroke to be heard.

“That’s why I will be out in the community listening to as many residents as possible during this campaign and beyond because I am proud of this area and I want the voters of Pembroke to have the best representation possible.”

Joanna Siejka Snapshot

  • Born in Hobart, grew up in Glenorchy
  • Lives in the electorate
  • Attended public primary and high schools
  • Graduated from UTAS with a bachelor of arts, majoring in journalism communications
  • Masters Degree in Social Impact
  • Project Officer YNOT 2009/10
  • CEO YNOT 2010 – current
  • Board Member Homelessness Australia 2010-16
  • Board Member Australian Youth Affairs Coalition 2012- current
  • Tasmanian representative National Youth Coalition for Housing 2010 – current
  • Board of Directors, Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board 2016-present
  • Board of Directors, TasTAFE, 2016