Raised in Wagga Wagga to Sri Lankan parents, Stina Contantine has called Australia home for more than 20 years. Despite being a significant contributor to her community, being named a City Ambassador and possessing sought-after professional skills, Stina has faced deportation threats and an arduous battle to be allowed to stay. Alongside her work as a counsellor and education support worker, Stina works to bring light to Australia’s unnecessarily convoluted migration processes to create a fairer and more efficient system. She also shares an inspirational message of hope, resilience and gratitude for community, in the face of seeming hopelessness and powerlessness.
Stina’s talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders, and is an example of the remarkable power and hope harnessed by women in often difficult and challenging circumstances.