It's my story

‘It’s my story’ features the stories of members of the NSW community who make noteworthy contributions to our diverse society.

The stories are all different, but they reflect resilience and give an understanding of the value of cultural diversity.

All have a story to tell.

Monique Lerchner

As the daughter of a migrant father and a mother who grew up in regional Queensland and South Australia, Monique Lerchner’s personal connections to the values behind the NSW Growing…


Natalia Ballotin-Hall

Natalia Ballotin-Hall’s strong sense of social justice was forged in her early life in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her sociology, anthropology and philosophy teachers were instrumental to her self-reflection and showing…


Esiteli Nyirarukundo

Esiteli Nyirarukundo fled civil war in her home country of Congo (DRC) to camps in Kenya before arriving in Australia in December 2016 as a refugee. She has brought her…


Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven (they/them) is an award-winning author, editor and educator of Mununjali (Yugambeh language group) and Dutch heritage. This is Ellen’s story. I was born in Brisbane and have…


Alice Whitmore

Alice’s translation of Mariana Dimópulos’ novel ‘Imminence’ was a joint winner of the 2021 NSW Premier’s Translation Prize, sponsored by Multicultural NSW. 


Hawa Quaid Mohammad

As a young child, Hawa Quaid Mohammad came from a village in Pakistan to live in Australia. She went to university, is now working in the legal area and is…


Nick Kaldas

Nick Kaldas is known for his high-profile career with the NSW Police Force. He migrated to Australia when he was 12. Nick has had many international roles requiring cultural awareness…


Rosemary Kariuki

Rosemary Kariuki OAM arrived alone in Australia in 1999 from Kenya. She is now involved in various projects to end isolation for many migrant women. Rosemary is also the 2021…


Jahin Tanvir

Jahin Tanvir was 2 years old when he and his parents migrated to Australia from Bangladesh.  He now champions youth empowerment, healthcare and education for all young people. This…


Shyamla Eswaran

My father arrived in Australia from Chennai (then Madras) in 1969 during The White Australia Policy. He met my mother while working as an accountant in Fiji in 1980. They…