The Speak My Language state and territory coordinators are responsible for implementing the program in their state or territory.
Teresa has worked in clinical and nursing management for 20 years. Recently joining the National Team for ‘Speak My Language – Living well with disability’ and as NSW/ACT Coordinator, she also has extensive program and change implementation experience in the public and private sectors.
Hanaa Grave is the Speak My Language State Coordinator in South Australia.
Hanaa commenced working for the Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia (MCCSA) in late 2020. Prior to this, she worked for the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria as a disability projects coordinator where she gained extensive experience around community development in the disability space.
Hanaa has a background in working with refugee and asylum seeker communities across several countries.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and a double Master’s Degree in History, Sociology and Anthropology.
I currently work at the Ethnic Communities Council of WA Inc as the SML Coordinator and have more than 20 years of experience working in the multicultural and disability sectors. My work involves supporting people from refugee, humanitarian entrant and migrant backgrounds including people with disability to help them to break barriers and contribute to making positive systemic changes to improve their lives.
My work mainly involves:
• Supporting people in their successful inclusion and meaningful participation in the economic, social, cultural and all aspects of community life;
• Assisting them to build their capacity to exercise their choice and control when accessing the relevant supports and services independently to meet their individual needs which may involve working one-on-one with people to resolve their issues.
• Writing submissions to government enquiries that impact on people with disability, migrants and refugees; and
• Organising community meetings, forums and seminars to inform people from CELD backgrounds of their rights and access the supports and services they need.
Working with community development sector from a early age in home country (Nepal). Completed Bachelors of Social work from Tribhuvan University (Nepal), and worked with various organisations in humanitarian and social service sector. Currently working with Multicultural Council of the Northern Territory (MCNT) on different aspects including Speak my Language (SML), living well with disability.
My name is Osman Mohamed, the Victorian state coordinator of Speak My Language project at the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria. As part of my day to day tasks, I engage with ethnic and multicultural organizations in Victoria to identify and engage with inclusive-minded facilitators (Travelers),guest speakers and story-tellers to produce in-language resource for the SML project to provide practical tips about living well with disabilities to people from indigenous and CALD backgrounds. I provide supervision and support to SML Travelers through induction, training, regular meetings, debriefing and the development and tracking of project targets. I work collaboratively with SML national and state communications teams and local ethnic and community radio broadcasters to ensure that SML podcasts, videos and radio broadcasts are shared with the target language groups. I prepare reports on SML project developments and activities as required by the state and national managers of Speak My Language project. The reason I am involved in the SML project is because I am passionate about helping people living with disabilities and I do believe that I can use the power of storytelling to build their capacities and to improve the diversity and inclusion in the workplaces, schools, universities and in all social activities.
Jenny has a long history working with CALD background people firstly in education as an EAL teacher then in healthcare. She was the Cultural Diversity Coordinator at Mater Health Services for ten years. Prior to that she managed a project developing a best practice model of maternity care for women of a refugee background. This service was co-designed and continues to be highly valued by the community after 12 years.
Jenny's partner was an arm amputee who worked in disability organizations advocating for change to improve accessibility and inclusion of people living with a disability. Jenny is passionate about social justice and human rights of all individuals to be able to live a life which enables them to thrive.
Multicultural Community Development Manager Nico van Leeuwen is the coordinator for Speak My Language for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT).