With his intercultural speech entitled Connect, Salim shares humorous and dramatic stories about his experiences living in 6 countries. His opening story about a French immersion in Québec builds up to stories from his birthplace of Tanzania and growing up in his permanent home of Canada. They culminate in his school memories of being handed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Salim calls on audiences everywhere to share the message to Connect across different cultures and colours of skin. Offstage, he shares his thoughts:
Pluralism is more than diversity – it’s about creating an inclusive society that transcends any barriers and recognizes that our differences are strengths.
In his closing, Salim highlights how civil society and education support multiculturalism in Australia, where he develops leaders in Software Engineering, AI and Data Science. He would like to thank the following Toastmasters for their encouragement and support:
Pamela Barton, DTM, Area Director 2016-2017
Mitsie Kent, ACB, ALB, Area Director 2016-2017
Sheila Panchani, ACB, ALB, Area Director 2016-2017
Andre Haynes & Pan Tsang
Yogesh Kapoor & Bilal Arshad
Eunice Su, who inspired me to embark on my contest journey
He also wishes to thank his wife, Nadia, for her insightful feedback and audience. Like a man on a mission, he competes so that he can more widely share his message to Connect!
Photos below: (1) District 70 3rd Place; (2) Award; (3) Lachlan Division Champion; and (4) Area 11 Champion