16th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
1-3 March 2023

Changing Seasons,
Changing Lives

Eleni Psillakis

Program Manager
Success Works

Eleni Psillakis never had experiencing prison on her bucket list. She describes this experience as her ‘unlearning’ of many unhealthy false beliefs that led to offending. Despite having an extensive professional history and the extensive work she did with a forensic psychologist to address the underlying reasons for offending before she was sentenced, post-release Eleni discovered that it was the criminal record that was seen by many as she tried to move forward and contribute to the community.

Since this experience, Eleni has woken every morning and gone to bed each night, knowing that she did not go through this for nothing and was meant to support women that have had contact with the legal system. She is grateful to Megan Etheridge, founder of Dress for Success Sydney, who saw her skills, strengths and passion and not the record.