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.

Galia Bastoni
TAS

Galia migrated to Australia from Syria in 2012. She is a strong advocate for human rights, and enjoys supporting individuals from all backgrounds. She completed her first Degree in Arts with a double major in Sociology, and Politics and Policy (University of Tasmania) and is now working towards a Bachelor of Law (La Trobe University). She has worked in the community sector for many years, for organisations like the Australian Red Cross, Migrant Resource Center (TAS), interpreting agencies and local government. In 2017, Galia founded the Welcome Dinner, an event that supports and welcomes new arrivals to Tasmania. She is the recipient of the Tasmanian Human Rights Youth Award (2017) and has won the Australian Housing Institute Awards - Tenant Led Initiative Award (2019). She has enjoyed meeting people through the Speak My Language podcast series, using the platform to share their stories. Outside of work, she enjoys sport and learning new skills, which have recently included ice-skating, dancing and swimming. Galia's role with Speak My Language was with the Multicultural Council of TAS.

Jenelyn Terkildsen
National

Jenelyn was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia in 2008. She is passionate about advocating for Australia’s culturally diverse community to improve their access to support and services. She started her career in Australia as a Community Language and Preschool Teacher. At present, she works across multiple roles in the age care sector, advocating for people from multicultural backgrounds. She enjoyed using her bilingual skills to create podcasts for the Speak My Language program to support disability inclusion in the Australian Filipino community. Jenelyn's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW.

Ryan Chen
QLD

Ryan lived in China, France and Spain before moving to Australia in 2014. Ryan is currently working as an interpreter in Queensland's courts and in healthcare. He has interests in web development and digital marketing. Outside of work, he is interested in languages, gastronomy, basketball and continuous learning.

Ryan has said that joining Speak My Language was one of the most exciting opportunities 2021 had to offer. For those tuning in, he “hopes you enjoy the SML interviews of me and storytellers and guest speakers, spoken in Cantonese or Mandarin, with great stories and practical tips about living well with a disability in our communities, and more. Stay well everyone!"

Ryan's role with Speak My Language was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of QLD.

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