A Traveller is the person who will be finding storytellers and guest speakers who are willing to be interviewed. The Traveller records the interview, obtains informed consent for recording and publication from the storytellers and guest speakers, submits the recording for quality checking, and helps the National Team to promote the Speak My Language program and the interviews, particularly (but not only) using social media. Some Travellers may be selected to develop and broadcast content on community radio.

Nazim Ahmed
QLD

Nazim Ahmed was born in Sudan. He is a strong advocate for empowering people who face social disadvantage, seeing it as his moral obligation to make the world a more fair place for everybody. His equitability and empathy has driven Nazim's participation in the Speak My Language program, where he has used podcasts to empower Sudanese Australian people living with disability, and to bring about a more inclusive Sudanese Australian community. In his free time, Nazim enjoys writing short stories, singing and producing political articles. Nazim's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of QLD.

Charitha Dissanayake
VIC

Charitha Dissanayake moved to Melbourne from Sri Lanka in 2003, where he quickly became involved in the local Sri Lankan community as a broadcaster. Charitha has a background in media, particularly in radio broadcasting, and has presented his own radio program in the Sinhala language for more than 18 years. He has also been a volunteer for several community events and organisations, including 3MDR radio station, Channel 31, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Diabetic Victoria and many Sri Lankan cultural events. He has enjoyed using his bilingual skills and connections for the Sri Lankan community to highlight the stories of people living with disabilities in the Speak My Language program. Charitha's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of VIC.

Rui Zhou
SA

Rui was born and raised in mainland China, and came to Adelaide for her Master of Social Work degree as an international student. Now she works as a social worker in the disability sector. She understands that people with a disability are a diverse group with a wide range of experiences, abilities, and aspirations. She believes all people, regardless of differences, should have equal rights and recognition of their human dignity, and to have equal opportunities to be educated, to work, receive services and to participate in society. Outside of work, Rui enjoys camping and bushwalking, and is a lover of animals. She has a three-year old ginger cat and is looking forward to having a dog in the near future. Rui's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA.

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