AV Iftar – Take 2

Tonight's Ambulance Victoria 2nd Iftar celebrated inclusivity, community and passion, hallmarks of Ambulance Victoria's vision.  I was in fine company with Board Chair, Mr Ken Lay AM, who opened tonight's proceedings with earnest words.. "As long as even one person in our organisation questions why we have these Iftar dinners, then we know we must keep on having them".  Was also delighful hearing from guest speaker, Dr Ahmad Aly speak to the spiritual, physiological and [...]

May 29th, 2017|

Turning a New Leaf

Congratulations on the opening of  New Leaf Medical Clinic in Campbellfield  Dr Umber Rind !! A beautiful aesthetic to compliment the  heart and unwavering professionalism of Dr Rind to deliver optimum health services in this region.  For those in Melbourne's northern region  seeking quality care in all aspects of women's and children's health in particular, visit NLMC - You won't be disappointed. 

May 7th, 2017|

Authentic Engagement that matters 

A memorable Welcome to Country from Jirrawong Country man, Jida Gulpilil to launch theAmbulance Victoria    "Consumer & Community Engagement Plan", in Bendigo. Jida is an undergrad paramedic (double degree in Health Science and Paramedical Science) via the AV pathways intake at Bendigo's La Trobe campus. Whilst studying, Jida is also fulfilling a role through AV of a Community Officer, reaching out to and mentoring  Indigenous youth locally. This accomplished and extraordinary man represents the [...]

May 1st, 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|

The ISCV- Welcome Relief

Tonight I had the pleasure of attending the Islamic Shia Council of Victoria (ISCV) inaugural 'Meet & Greet Dinner'. The ISCV is home to over 50 Shi’a organisations across Victoria whose role is to represent the Shi’a community and be the point of contact between the government, the media and other NFP organisations for the state of Victoria. The theme for the evening was "unity" and as such hundreds of guests representing intra and interfaith [...]

February 24th, 2017|

Driving Justice for Women

As part of the sixteen days of Activism to End Violence Against Women & Children , I watched 'Driving with Selvi' for the Human Rights Film Festival (HRAFF). Following this I participated in a post screening panel with representatives from Macauley Family Services and Plan International's 'Because I'm A Girl' campaign. We reviewed the importance of structural solutions to addressing misogynistic culture, starting with education (eg Respectful Relationships) to structural reform from government funding welfare, [...]

December 1st, 2016|

When Ordinary People are Extraordinary Heroes

Today, as a Board Director of Ambulance Victoria, I was delighted to attend their annual 17th Community Hero Awards at #QueensHall, Parliament in Melbourne.   Following a beautiful welcome to country from Aunty Di, openings from The Hon. Jill Hennessy, Minister for Health and AV CEO,Tony Walker, award/medals for community heroism were bestowed.  In all 18 recipients as young as 10 years old were honoured. This moving ceremony exemplified our community and paramedic heroes, acknowledged [...]

December 1st, 2016|

Shout Out -Sistah Girl, Jackie

What an honour to witness tributes to the AMAZING Jackie Huggins AM at a #Breakthrough pre-conference tonight. This accomplished Indigenous  leader, activist, author (Sistah Girl)and human rights advocate has lived an example of being the change she seeks to make. Diligent, fiesty, compassionate and authentic - her body of work is testimony to the Indigenous  movement in this country that works hard to represent the First Nation's people. She is Co-Chair of the National Congress [...]

November 24th, 2016|

Standing Together to Respect All Women

The Standing Together #1800RESPECT launch was rolled out today in Melbourne. With 16 leaders from across the country speaking to why this initiative mattered- it was a promising sign. Delighted to see Rosie Batty, Jimmy Bartel (ex-Geelong FC), Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell, Ahmed Fahour (Aus Post), Georgie Harman (Beyond Blue),Antoinette Braybrook (AFVLS) and others. I was asked to speak to the issue of CALD communities accessing this service-and why their voices should not be silenced [...]

November 21st, 2016|

Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction: why diverse stories matter

Speaking to high school students from across Melbourne about my writing in 'Coming of Age: Growing Muslim in Australia' along with Osamah Sami, author of 'Good Muslim Boy' at the @melbwritersfest.  Superbly moderated by the brilliant Angela Savage. We shared the impetus behind our diverse stories, sharing vignettes from childhood and hopes for the future. Shattering stereotypes appeared to be a deliberate and incidental reality for both of us. Also fielded some impressive questions from the [...]

August 30th, 2016|