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.

Silky Khanuja
SA

Silky is passionate about the human rights of people living with disabilities, which has inspired her to advocate for people from CALD communities to share their story about living well with disability for Speak My Language. Through this podcast series, she has focused on promoting wellness through sharing real life stories to benefit the lives of many. She strongly believes that "living well is everyone's right, we are all different but also the same. We all have a dream, we just have to believe in it to achieve it."

Silky's role with Speak My Language was with the Multicultural Communities' Council of SA.

Zainab Almasoudi
WA

Zainab is working towards a Bachelor of Social Work at Curtin University. She is employed as an advocate at the Ethnic Communities’ Council WA, as well as a disability support worker through another agency. She is passionate about advocating for human rights and is especially drawn to the cause of removing stigma around mental health. Zainab has used her professional knowledge and her cultural understanding to support people to share empowering stories about disability inclusion for the Speak My Language program. Zainab's role as Speak My Language Traveller was with the Ethnic Communities' Council of WA

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.

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