Inductees 2015 - Roll of Honour - Isabelle Lake

ROLL OF HONOUR - Isabelle Lake

As we saw earlier, the life of Isabelle Electra Lake was not long in duration but significant in terms of her personal impact.

Isabelle Electra Lake was born as Nicholas and spent the first 18 years of her life in an unresolved situation. With the support of friends and family she sought resolution of her gender status, which led to her transgender confirmation in 2009.

Following this Isabelle transitioned with complete support from her extended family, her friends and the Freedom Centre.

She later developed an aggressive form of Leukemia that she and her family fought with vigour.

In 2010 she resumed studies at UWA, studying Microbiology, Immunology and History with a passion and intellect that hadn’t sparked in her prior life.

Despite the incredible challenges she had already faced in her young life, it was during this time that Isabelle became an enthusiastic and effective voluntary worker with a range of organisations including the Freedom Centre, the WA Gender Project, Slut Walk Perth and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

However in November 2011 the Leukemia returned and despite another hard fight she succumbed on 28 February 2012. She was passionate, not bitter, in her response to life and very driven to help those impacted by life’s challenges who were not treated fairly. Her star burnt briefly but brightly.

The Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia, in partnership with the University of Western Australia, honour Belle’s work and achievements of Ms through the Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture and the Fund established in her name to assist transgender people is the only one of it’s kind in the world.

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Inductees 2015
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO,Governor of Western Australia
Dr Sue Boyd
Mrs Doolann-Leisha Eatts
Ms Tracey Horton
Mrs Pat Morris AM
Professor Cheryl Praeger AM
Honourable Christine Ann Wheeler AO, QC
Mrs Nanette Williams
Roll of Honour - Margaret Hubery
Roll of Honour - Isabelle Lake
Roll of Honour - Nancy Stewart
Roll of Honour - June Williams
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