Conversations to Celebrate our Connections

Conversations to Celebrate our Connections is a two-part podcast series, developed in partnership with the ECCV (Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria) as part of their All One Together campaign – an initiative that tackles racism & discrimination by helping us reconnect with those great things that we have in common. Master storyteller Sista Zai Zanda leads conversations that draw out the connections in our stories and celebrate each person’s deliciously unique perspectives on life, community, social cohesion, harmony and hope for the future.

These conversations are based on Welcoming Australia’s Campfire Stories event series, funded by the Victorian Government through the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Episode 1

In this episode, we learn more about two accomplished women who come from varied cultural backgrounds and generations but have one thing in common already – their home, Victoria:

  • Cr Kris Pavlidis is the Immediate Past Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, and Councillor and former Mayor of Whittlesea City Council. A Greek Australian, Kris is a passionate community advocate for social justice and cultural diversity.
  • Emmanuela Piath Noi is a young South Sudanese Australian who is passionate about community development, advocacy and writing. She believes that open, inclusive and truthful dialogue is the best way to address our challenges and improve social cohesion in society.

Episode 2

In this episode, we are looking to the future. We are in conversation with two brilliant young change makers actively engaged in building harmonious, cohesive communities that work for all of us. Let’s meet them now…

  • Sundus Ibrahim is a Kurdish former refugee who came to Australia in 2001 with her family. Currently studying Youth Work at university, Sundus has also completed her studies in inclusive education through educational support and is motivated by her desire to empower young people through opportunity, education, hope and creating platforms for them to be heard.
  • Bayu Pratama is a student of Youth Work, a former Diversity Ambassador to St Kilda, Melbourne and Collingwood AFL Clubs, and current President to Victoria’s Australian-Indonesian Youth Association. Bayu believes that giving young people a platform for representation is one of the most effective ways to promote social cohesion. He promoted this message in a 2017 Senate Hearing and then, in his continued effort to raising awareness of the harmful effects of gambling on young people across Victoria.

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