Lesly has been nominated for many City of Newcastle Drama Awards, including Best Actress in a Musical, in 2013 Lesly received the Conda Inc Award for Outstanding Achievement In Newcastle Theatre. The Citation in parts read: Lesly has been an active, contributing member of the Newcastle Theatre Scene for many years. Her work as an actor, dancer, producer, director and administrator has been prolific and of great value. She had the courage to set up her own theatre company a dozen years ago which provides an important performance venue and attracts a regular theatre – going audience. The quality of work coming from DAPA can be seen in the fact that it regularly earns Conda Nominations. Her work in training young people in the performing arts is well respected. She nurtures her students, fostering their talent and caring for their personal development. She also spends much time as an adjudicator for the dance awards both in NSW and interstate. Her hard work is always carried out with meticulous detail, courteously, charming and with great dignity and her dedication to the ongoing development of Newcastle Theatre over many years makes her a deserving recipient of this award.