Dimitrios (Jim) Athansopoulos – Class of 2010
Jim Athanasopoulos attended Oakleigh Grammar from 2005-2010, and since graduating he has shown great commitment to the community. Along with his sister Haritini, he is a councillor for the city of Stonnington and on top of this works in conservation and land management. We caught up with Jim to find out more about what he’s been up to since graduating from Oakleigh Grammar, and learn about what drives his strong community values.
Fondest memory: Spending time with classmates, particularly my Vis Com classmates because we all interacted really well and completed our allocated tasks. Also participating in swimming events.
Hobbies: Swimming, history, cooking and reading.
Field of interest: Conservation and Land Management
Motivation: My family has been involved in the local community for many years and I wanted to do my share to give back to the area.
A day in the life…
Going to work from 8:00 till 4:00 then go swimming or hip-hop for a little while before attending an occasional meeting for council for an hour. But every day is different and it can be unpredictable.
My sister Tini finished at Oakleigh Grammar in 2011 and my brother Nic finished in 2015. My mother Stavroula is a Prep teacher at Oakleigh Grammar.
I understand you are a councillor for the city of Stonnington. What does this involve? What responsibilities do you have as councillor?
Facilitating community involvement, advocating on behalf of the community, helping make decisions for a sustainable future, attending to constituents concerns and making decisions in relation to planning and development.
Can you tell us a bit about some projects you are working on / have worked on in the past as councillor?
Sustainability – a street lighting upgrade project from Mercury to LED lights. Also advocating for the upgrade of South Yarra Station and upgrading of our parks and pavilions – Dunlop Pavilion, for example.
What is your favourite part about being a councillor?
Helping constituents resolve their issues and making a positive difference in relation to making a sustainable and economic council.
What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
Working to create a compromise when making decisions.
What made you want to become a councillor? What drew you to a community driven role like that?
I wanted to make a difference to my local area and give back to the community and help people.
What career path are you working towards? Are you currently studying at University?
I currently work in conservation and land management and hope to explore and discover my future job in a community based role. Council is a part time community based role which helps me to expand my understanding of the local council and community.
What drew you to that particular industry?
My family has been involved in the local community for many years and I wanted to do my part to give back to the area.
What is your proudest accomplishment since leaving Oakleigh Grammar?
Finishing my university degree in industrial design and being elected onto the council in a count back.