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Sina navigates her own change…story

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One of RPP FM’s popular programs Navigating Change with Sina Summers aired last Friday for the last time.

Sina Summers has been part of the dynamic fabric of the radio station as producer/presenter of Navigating Change for almost 3 years covering many thought- provoking and engaging topics in her weekly program.

Over the last 7 years Sina’s work as a Social Scientist has taken her into the heart of communities providing a deeper understanding of how the economic and political changes impact on people in our society and spent many years initiating change for global and local organisations.

Navigating Change highlighted the needs of people in diverse situations and investigated social issues. In a time of great change she focused on how we are navigating through these changes that we are all experiencing today.

A 6 part EVOLVE series, Sina produced and presented which was broadcast on RPP FM late last year, captivated a local and national listening audience and was broadcast nationally on 7 January 2015.

SBS Radio has also broadcast the series through their network with a pending interview with Sina to talk about her award winning EVOLVE series which covered truly inspiring stories of indigenous history from the Boon Wurrung country reflecting the strength of the human spirit, bringing hope and inspiration for positive change.

Twelve Interviews included the traditional elder Aunty Caroline Briggs and a diverse contribution of prominent members of our Indigenous community and the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The series was selected for the ‘Program Excellence’ Award in 2014.

Other momentous topics covered in Navigating Change included
•  ‘A Family Violence 5 week series featuring Rosie Batty, Ex-Chief Commissioner of Victorian Police – Ken Lay, Fiona McCormack – CEO of Domestic Violence including other experts
• The proposed Southern Peninsula Aquatic Centre
• A look at the asylum seekers in Australia interviewing Julian Burnside QC International Barrister and Human Rights Lawyer, Najaf Mazari, co- author of ‘The Rugmaker’, a story of one man’s journey as an asylum seeker from Afghanistan to Australia
• An interview with Jillian Hocking, former Head of Broadcasting with the United Nations
• National NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week featuring stories from our Indigenous community and the annual ‘Water to Water’ Indigenous Festival.

“Throughout the time I have been a producer and presenter with RPP FM, I have learned so much and have had the absolute privilege of meeting some extraordinary people along the way. I have found working in radio to be a great platform to provide information, awareness and understanding to the community at large. A big thanks for your support and valued contributions, it’s been an absolute pleasure to have worked with you all.”
Sina Summers M.Soc,Sci

Station Manager, Mr Brendon Telfer added, “Sina Summers has brought a passion and insight into some of the big issues on the Mornington Peninsula. We will miss her dedication and commitment.”

RPP FM Management and other presenters wish Sina all the best on her new journey and the launch of her new book. She will be missed around the station corridors.

Compiled by Debra Mar