Lesley Shears is an advocate, a carer and a survivor. Her life changed in 2013 when her husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma. The long-anticipated retirement dream of travelling around Australia evaporated – instead there was the reality of facing a terminal illness together. She is passionate about raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos through advocacy and education. She now puts the skills learned in her working life with The Law Society of SA and the Mediator Standards Board to good use by volunteering with the Asbestos Victims Association (SA) Inc. Lesley is a breast cancer survivor and volunteers for the Survivors as Teachers programme initiated by Cancer Voices SA and the University of Adelaide.