The Speak My Language state and territory coordinators are responsible for implementing the program in their state or territory.

Teresa De Leon
NSW

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
SA

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 as a disability projects coordinator in Melbourne 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.

Nihal Iscel
WA

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.

Rajan Khadka
NT

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.

Osman Mohamed
VIC

I am Osman Mohamed, the Victorian Coordinator of the Speak My Language Project. I am excited to be part of this valuable program because SML is a great opportunity for people from CALD and indigenous backgrounds to talk about how they positively live with their disabilities and acquire information about accessible and inclusive community places activities and services in the mainstream. Part of my work role is to recruit, induct and mentor inclusive minded Travellers (Bilingual Facilitators) who will be appointed to interview the storytellers and guest speakers in their community languages to break the language barriers and make the information accessible for people with disabilities who are facing additional language and cultural barriers.

Jenny Ryan
QLD

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.

Staff MCOT Tasmania
Nico van Leeuwen
TAS

Multicultural Community Development Manager Nico van Leeuwen is the coordinator for Speak My Language for the Multicultural Council of Tasmania (MCOT).