The Telstra Citizen Reporters were back in 2019! Five Telstra employees, Adam Sparnon, Anna McKenzie, Helen Farrell, Janay Richardson and Jarrod Cardy, shared their Midsumma Festival experiences on social media throughout the 2019 Midsumma Festival. Follow their stories by searching #telstracitizenreporters.
I'm Adam and I work as a Digital Content Specialist with the Learning, Design and Delivery team at Telstra. My passion for inspiring connection with purpose is also fulfilled through my work as a Coach, Trainer and Facilitator, where I help people realise their true potential. I'm a huge advocate for equality and believe in strength in diversity. I am involved in a number of LGBTIQ+ community groups and serve as a board member for The Equality Project. I'm looking forward to connecting with you again this year as we celebrate all the colours of our fabulous community. If you see me, please come and say hello!
Anna is a senior product manager in the consumer mobiles team at Telstra. In 2015, Anna helped found 'An Equal Footing', a social enterprise selling rainbow shoe laces to individuals and sporting clubs to spread awareness for marriage equality. Anna is an active member of Spectrum, Telstra's LGBTIQ+ network.
Helen D'Santos-Farrell, Program Management Specialist for Telstra, Mother of a 28 year old Daughter and a wife for 30 years! Born and grew up in England, immigrated to Australia 40 years ago. A veteran of Telstra, having worked there for 25 years. During that time my roles have been varied, from Call Centre Consultant to Service Delivery to Executive Assistant to Event Manager, and so it goes on... My time outside of work when not caring for my elderly parents is spent at either netball courts or hockey fields. I love watching and playing although my body is starting (I think well and truly) to give up on me!! My big passion however, is travelling – I have travelled through Europe, USA, Canada, India, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. Still so many place to see. As a woman and a woman of colour, I am finding Australia and the world "interesting" and have decided that I need to take a more active role to ensure that there is equality, acceptance, inclusion, diversity and tolerance.
My name's Janay and I'm an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. I've never been to Midsumma before and I'm excited to see what it's like and meet new people.
I'm an IT Graduate at Telstra and I'm a big fan of our internal LGBTQ+ Community, Spectrum that recently celebrated its 10th Birthday.
I work in Telstra's Employment Brand team as the Senior Content and Social Specialist. I have previously worked in content marketing, social media, public relations, television journalism and new producing roles. When I am not in the office, you can find me barracking for the Fremantle Dockers, hanging out at the beach or spending time with my family in Perth.