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.

Stefano Pratola
SA

Stefano is a radio station coordinator, radio host and producer. His work involves developing new formats and training new radio hosts, as well as producing and mixing commercials for sponsors. He produced podcast in Italian for the Speak My Language program, and he created community-driven content that promotes disability inclusion for Italian Australian listeners. Stefano's role with Speak My Language was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA.

Marielba Bortone
SA

Marielba moved to Adelaide from Caracas in 2011. She has a Bachelor of Marketing and Advertising and has worked in project management, radio, event hosting and production assistance. Marielba is passionate about creating world-class events, and has over a decade of experience in the sector, both in Australia and overseas. Alongside owning and running her own events company, Marielba has volunteered extensively with the Latin American Society of South Australia, Radio Adelaide, WOMADelaide, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Fringe, and the Multicultural Youth Music and Culture Festival, amongst others. Marielba loves outdoor activities, dancing latin beats and spending time with her family and friends. Marielba's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA, and her role as the Speak My Language Radio Coordinator was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of New South Wales.

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