Telstra Citizen Reporters

Six citizen reporters from Telstra, Elana Monteleone, Nick McCabe, Ross Healy, Simone Guin, Stefanie Papas and Susie Thorne, are sharing their Midsumma Festival experiences on social media throughout the 2017 Midsumma Festival.


Elana Monteleone

Elana Monteleone

Ahoy-hoy! Elana here, chuffed to be back for my second year of Midsumma reporting. A bit about me; I’m a copywriter in Telstra’s retail space. When I’m not in the office I’m either training for taekwondo or binge-watching reality TV. I think I’ve struck a good balance. Celebrating queer culture is important to me for a myriad of reasons, but ultimately I see the Midsumma Festival as an opportunity to relish in each other's uniqueness and reflect on how far the LGBT+ community has come.

Elana Monteleone on TwitterElana Monteleone on Instagram


Nick McCabe

Nick McCabe

Content Producer and Channel lead of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for Telstra
As a Kiwi who is new to Melbourne I am excited to see how the LGBTQI community celebrate over here in OZ! Queer culture is a cornerstone of my life as a gay twenty-something. Nowhere else have I discovered a stronger sense of belonging, community, pride and strength. We celebrate together, we mourn together and we stand tall together.

Nick McCabe on Instagram


Ross Healy

Ross Healy

Powered by caffeine and cocoa, I'm a social media evangelist, pop culture enthusiast, and well-versed conversationalist. The work I do at Telstra involves being the mouthpiece for our Careers function and helping to celebrate why we're a great place to work! I get to use awesome technology, meet amazing people from all over the world, and truly love what I do.

I'm thrilled to take part in Midsumma as it's my second year living in Melbourne with my partner and we love taking part in events that celebrate queer culture and history. Not only is it important to be comfortable with who you are, but to surround yourself with others who only want the same is a solid reminder that we're never alone and, together, we can create a better future.

Ross Healy on FacebookRoss Healy on TwitterRoss Healy on Instagram


Simone Guin

Simone Guin

Simone works in the Comms team at Telstra promoting their new gadgets.
I'm really excited to be a part of Midsumma because this is the first year I'll be celebrating it out – and attending my first pride parade. Celebrating queer culture is extremely important to me because I think for us to be a more cohesive society we should recognise and celebrate our differences and uniqueness.

Simone Guin on Twitter


Stefanie Papas

Stefanie Papas

I am a Business Capability Manager in Customer Assurance, technical experts who work on complex single customer fault investigations.

I am a strong believer in supporting equality – people are people, I look forward to celebrating all forms of diversity and life and to have a lot of fun – it doesn't cost to smile and the investment of laughing has a huge pay off! I am passionate about volunteering and embracing humanity with empathy and care.

Stefanie Papas on FacebookStefanie Papas on Instagram


Susie Thorne

Susie Thorne

I'm a brunch and puppy enthusiast, originally from Wales but living in Melbourne working as a writer for Telstra's Knowledge systems - OneSource and Retail.LIVE.

Melbourne is one of the warmest and most welcoming places I have been as a queer person and Midsumma has a big part to play in that. A festival full of art, music and theatre celebrating queer culture – what more could a person want.

Susie Thorne on TwitterSusie Thorne on Instagram