Keeping The Faith- One Journey at aTime 

Commentary of the wanderlust kind, promoting Zanzibar - as part of #TheAge newspapers #Traveller lift-out report on 'Keeping the Faith'.  This edition by Brian Johnson, highlighted Muslim majority lead countries as travel destinations, debunking commonly held presumptions, including shoutout tips from myself (Zanzibar) Waleed Aly (Oman) Azahn Munas (Dubai) & Tahmina Rashid (Lahore). Honestly, it was a welcome joy to relate such insights in this climate . #zanzibar #roots #roads #stories #traveltheworld  

April 22nd, 2017|

Playing Like a Girl #winning

Am pleased to be supporting the obvious passion, via pathways through the 'Multicultural Women In Sport', inaugural launch. Multicultural Women in Sport is an organisation that is working towards the increasing participation of multicultural women in sports for empowerment, well-being The panellists for the event are: Margot Foster AM: Lawyer, Olympian, Chairman – Vicsport, Board Member – Olympians Club of Victoria, Committee Member – Women of the MCC; former director VicHealth, Australian Sports Commission, Gymnastics [...]

March 23rd, 2017|

Thank You to Everyday Heroes

As a Director on the Board of Ambulance Victoria, I am so very proud of the work of our first responders and our paramedics in particular.  This video, however, is an acknowledgement of thanks to the citizen responders who turned up in a show of heart warming unity to attend & support strangers during the carnage of the Bourke street car rampage two weeks ago. The spirit of Melburnians showing guts and grace under fire [...]

February 3rd, 2017|

Womens March to End All

Am feeling unexpectedly optimistic- at the sight of millions of women converging across the globe in solidarity against sexism, racism and human rights abuses. Collectively, millions of voices are gaining momentum at a critical time. And while countering change will take more than a March, it is futile without investment from people at grassroots through to policy making levels - ALL starting from the same page. THIS is what this #WomensMarch represents to me; a shared [...]

January 22nd, 2017|

Frank, Sense & Myrrh: A Christmas Portrait with a twist

Thank you author and writer extraordinaire, Maxine Beneba Clarke (The Hate Race, Foreign Soil) for this candid portrait, for The Saturday Paper.  Over coffee and cheese pies we covered all things festive, fearful and forward thinking. With a salute to good bling, for good measure. It's not everyday you get to be interviewed by one of the country's finest writers, who by the way officially stated,  #slayed is the new #slew.

December 24th, 2016|

Netting Cultural Perspectives- a Sporting Chance

A terrific session this morning at Netball Australia, talking 'Cultural Perspectives'. My talk followed an inspiring presentation from Ali Tucker. Congrats to @netballaust for making inroads with new and established diverse communities - bridging differences through sport, thereby building a more understanding society. Gender discrimination in this country is reinforced further by racial profiling of men and women of colour. The way we approach this at recruitment level and mitigate implicit bias, determines how workplace [...]

November 22nd, 2016|

Deaths in Custody – A Criminal Act

Today in Coburg, I met with Larry- an indigenous man educating the community about the travesty of Aboriginal deaths in custody. This government's failure to protect almost 400 aboriginal persons who have died in custody since the inquiry launched over 25 years ago, is criminal. Larry's display of statements and articles reviewing many of the case studies of these deaths, was confronting reading. A mix of old and young passers by from various cultural backgrounds stopped [...]

November 18th, 2016|

Next Gen Vic- letting new leaders lead

At the ECCV 'Next Generation Vic' Conference in Ballarat this morning. Delivering a keynote on the future of multiculturalism for youth, women and new communities. Snapshot: leadership must succession plan now, handing over reigns to more than capable generation of emerging CALD leaders who no longer need to be led.  Diversity in leadership requires a make up of the demographic you serve- be representative, not tokenistic.  Fund platforms that promote authentic expression through arts, media and [...]

November 11th, 2016|

Unpacking the Implicit

Today I emceed the City of Casey's Divisional Conference on 'Strategies to Combat Unconscious Bias' -an amazingly put together conference. Canvassing implicit bias from cultural and religious, LGBTQI and indigenous perspectives - this was a mother of all conferences. Speakers besides me included Nova Peris AM and Rowena Allen, Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality. The event culminated in a visual reflection of the day interpreted via the thespian skills of #ThePlaybackTheatre! An incredible feat pulled [...]

November 10th, 2016|

Panel Nation: Speaking Truths

This morning in Parramatta, at the National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016, Influencing Change: Vision & Impact, I was awestruck to share a panel with these indomitable, brilliant women;  Dr Jackie Huggins AM (Nat Congress of Australia's First People's), Nova Peris OAM, Antionette Braybrook (Aboriginal FV Prevention Service), Zione Walker-Nthenda (Incubate Foundation), Uieta Kaufusi (1800RESPECT) and myself- facilitated by Maria Dimopolous (Myriad Int. Consulting) Our topic: 'Speaking the Truth: An Intercultural & Intersectional Dialogue on Recognition, [...]

November 4th, 2016|