Conversations to Celebrate our Connections is a two-part podcast series, developed in partnership with Welcoming Australia as part of the All One Together campaign, an initiative by the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria to tackle racism & discrimination by helping us reconnect with those great things that we have in common, within and amongst our diverse communities in Victoria. The podcasts take us on a wonderful journey through the stories of the amazing people featured in it. Master storyteller and grand poetess Sista Zai Zanda leads conversations with participants to 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.

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.