Thanking EveryDay Heroes for Exceptional Service

Today marked the annual Ambulance Victoria ‘Thank a Paramedic Day’, in which patients and their families had the opportunity to acknowledge Paramedics for their life saving intervention at various times over the past 12 months. We heard from a handful of people of the deep appreciation they felt for the compassion, dedication and patient centred excellence of Paramedics. AV CEO, Tony Walker AM and Minister for Health, the Hon. Jill Hennessy MP, officiated the ceremony [...]

2018-07-19T02:26:55+00:00 July 19th, 2018|

Madiba- Melbourne Memorial

Tonight I attended the 3rd Annual Nelson Mandela Memorial lecture, delivered by Julia Gillard (Australia’s 27th PM, and first female one). Gillard delivered a powerful oration, recounting Mandela’s life story, from childhood through to his Presidency of South Africa. She eloquently described his motivations and evolving philosophies, culminating in an inspirational life that remind us of how injustices linger globally, warranting decisive action and humanitarian solutions. In all this was an exceptional speech. Prior to [...]

2018-07-13T12:04:52+00:00 July 13th, 2018|

TAHA- When the Personal is Political

Tonight at the State Theatre, Arts Centre, I watched TAHA, a play based on the life and works of Palestinian poet, Taha Muhammad Ali. This one person play was expertly performed by Amer Hlehel, and directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi- to a rapturous audience. Hlehel narrated the experience of childhood, adolescence and adulthood from the world Taha inhabited, beginning in the Palestinian township of Saffuriyah. This story of love and loss, poignantly told the human [...]

2018-07-11T10:30:34+00:00 July 10th, 2018|

AV & Team Bung Yarnda, Celebrated at NAIDOC

Tonight at the 2018 NAIDOC Ball, I was honoured to be representing Ambulance Victoria as a Board Director, to present the partnership between our organisation and the Victorian Aboriginal community in Emergency care. I acknowledged the historical and structural racism underpinning access to services that continue to impact communities across this country, amplifying why an AV partnership must be centred in respecting their agency, dignity and integrity, by: 📌hearing their voice as we plan our [...]

2018-07-09T00:50:16+00:00 July 7th, 2018|

Winter Drumming

Tonight’s #TheDrum featured: Host, Julia Baird Deborah Snow (SMH), Adam Creighton, Tasneem Chopra and Mara Bun. We discussed the Turnbull Government’s GST overhaul; the future of driverless cars in Australia; whether ‘sexting’ should be included in the school curriculum; and mindful meditation in the workplace (yes!) #abcmelbourne #abc #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant

2018-07-05T09:12:20+00:00 July 5th, 2018|

Charting Cultural Conversations

Today I presented a keynote for Multicultural Queensland’s Charter Conversations. I spoke about inclusive leadership, diversity and unconscious bias. I shared personal and professional observations including evidenced based research that supports why diversity in leadership and the workplace benefit organisations and communities. Following my address I engaged in a panel with Mackayla Jeffries, A/Commissioner, Anti-Discrimination Commission QueenslandJoshua Griffin, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, SBS and Dr Jane O’Leary, Research Director, Diversity Co Dr Jane O’Leary (Diversity [...]

2018-07-02T12:43:42+00:00 June 7th, 2018|

Iftar at the Museum

Three of the fiercest, finest trailblazers I know, in Saara Sabbagh (Founder, Benevolence Aust.), Maha Sukkar (VicPol) & Rohini Kappadath (Manager, Immigration Museum); living proof that culturally diverse women are vital to a narrative on diversity in leadership. Furthermore, we all benefit from their efforts to towards a society centred on inclusivity, respect and justice #friendswithfire #moversandshakers #diversitymatters #diversestoriesmatter #diversityandinclusion #makechangehappen #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant

2018-06-05T00:04:57+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

Ramadan Gotta Go Fast, ABC Radio

A podcast on Ramadan in Australia for ABC’s God Forbid program. I panelled with Sydney’s Sheikh Ahmed Abdo, and host Noel Debien, covering the practical, spiritual and sartorial Precis: It’s Ramadan — a holy month in the Islamic calendar for fasting and prayer. But it’s also about family and community, and many of the traditions around Ramadan get to the heart of what it means to be a Muslim. Guest host Noel Debien is joined [...]

2018-06-03T03:01:39+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|

Iftaring In Istanbul,  Melbourne Style

Tonight’s Sareera Street Iftar at the Meadow Heights Mosque was a huge success. A Ramadan staple, the Iftar attracted hundreds of locals and outliers into its and inviting courtyard, strewn with lanterns, the aroma of Turkish coffee and tables of sweets. As well as providing each guest with complimentary water and meal packs, volunteers displayed an efficiency and courtesy with always beaming smiles. Indeed, between the decorative lights, traditional floor lounges and Turkish delight, I [...]

2018-06-03T02:55:34+00:00 June 2nd, 2018|