SSI Speakers Series November 2018

Presented by SSI and TripAdvisor

When: Wednesday 28 November, 5.00pm

Where: TripAdvisor HQ – Level 5, 219 Cleveland Street, Redfern NSW 2016

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SSI is excited to announce the next Speaker Series panel discussion, which will take an in-depth look at the intersectionality of disability and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The event will also be a good opportunity to honour International Day of People with Disability. The day aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions in society.

This Speaker Series will explore questions such as:

  • What role can community and community based organisations play in driving inclusion?
  • How can businesses work to remove systemic barriers around employing and providing services to people with disabilities?
  • What is unique for a person living with a disability who is also from a culturally diverse background?

To address these issues, we have assembled a panel of speakers who offer diversity in experience, passion and thought:

  • Nas Campanella (host) - Journalist and Newsreader, Triple J
  • Dr Karen Soldatic - ARC DECRA, Senior Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney
  • Wally Mehanna - CEO, Canterbury Bankstown Chamber of Commerce
  • Yasmin Farhart - Master of Ceremonies, MCYF
  • Ghassan Noujiam - Senior Operations Manager, Multicultural Child & Family Support Program, Settlement Services International

 SSI Speakers Series November 2018


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SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Social Justice

Equity and access to all


Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory


Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others


Co-operation and mutual respect


Dynamic, flexible and responsive service


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Commitment to partnerships and excellence