Award-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and former Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Helen Kapalos has joined Cannatrek.
Kapalos will be in charge of communications and community outreach. Her role covers communications strategy and campaigns, stakeholder engagement, and policy and programs, including Cannatrek’s soon-to-be established Foundation.
After an extensive career in broadcast media, Kapalos produced a documentary in 2016 – (re-released to Australian audiences on Foxtel platforms this week) – A Life of Its Own, the Truth about Medical Marijuana – which aimed to provide clarity and understanding on the use of medicinal cannabis.
“We are thrilled to have Helen join our team at Cannatrek,” said Cannatrek CEO Tommy Huppert. “Her background as a journalist and filmmaker, and her work in the medicinal cannabis industry, will make her a valuable addition to our expanding team as we continue our growing engagement with the marketplace.”
Kapalos said “Medicinal Cannabis still carries the legacy of shame and stigma. This is a safe and reliable medicine that has holds enormous health benefits. I want to share what I have learned with the Australian public and work with a trusted brand and provider to do that”.
Kapalos was a journalist, presenter and producer for 20 years for a variety of leading television networks. During her four-year term as Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, she championed social justice reform for marginalised and disadvantaged communities. She was awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor’s Fellowship for Multicultural Engagement at Swinburne University – a role created to provide expertise on contemporary multicultural issues and challenges.