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Introducing Pranay Singh

We are thrilled to welcome Pranay Singh, our new Marketing Officer, to the Centre for Stories family.

May 2, 2023

We are thrilled to welcome Pranay Singh, our new Marketing Officer, to the Centre for Stories family. Get to know more about the person behind our social media and marketing.

Can you tell us a little about yourself, Pranay?

Hello, my name is Pranay and I am pleased to have the opportunity to introduce myself. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Western Australia (UWA). Originally from India, I made the decision to shift to Perth to further my education and embrace a new environment. The transition has been both exciting and challenging, but I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue my passion for marketing in this beautiful country. I am enthusiastic about exploring new cultures, meeting new people, and gaining knowledge in the field of marketing.

How did you first get involved at Centre for Stories?

It all started when I attended the Future Leaders of Enterprise program at the University of Western Australia, in partnership with Common Purpose. The program was designed to develop our leadership skills and to make social change by addressing real-world issue. We were tasked with selecting an organization to visit and work on a challenge provided by them, and Centre for Stories caught my attention from the start. After researching the 10 companies on the list, I found that Centre for Stories resonated with me the most. And boy, was I right! On the second day of the program, my group presented our ideas to the host organisations, including Caroline Wood from Centre for Stories. It turned out that Centre for Stories was looking for someone to do marketing for their publication, Portside Review, and Caroline asked me to email her if I was interested in working with the Centre for Stories. As someone who had recently moved to Perth and was looking for work, I jumped at the chance. What started as a three-month internship with Portside Review quickly turned into managing social media for the Centre for Stories itself. It’s been a fantastic journey so far, and I am grateful to have found such a dynamic and innovative organisation to be a part of. The experience has been nothing short of exhilarating, and I am excited to see what the future holds!

What’s something you have learned about working here that you think people wouldn’t know.

One thing I have learned about working at Centre for Stories is that it truly embodies the idea of building a family that grows together. From the very first day, I felt welcomed and valued by each and every member of the team. What’s particularly special is that this value of building a family extends beyond just the team members themselves. It extends to everyone who comes into contact with the Centre for Stories, whether it’s volunteers, partners, or attendees. There is a genuine sense of community and belonging that spreads through everything that Centre for Stories does, and I believe that anyone who has worked or interacted with the organisation will agree. It’s not often that you come across an organisation that is as committed to its values and purpose as Centre for Stories is, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of it. I have no doubt that this sense of family and community will continue to drive the organisation forward to greater heights.

And here’s a little fun fact that I would assume most people don’t know, we take our lunch breaks very seriously at Centre for Stories! They are more than just a time to grab a bite to eat. They’re a chance for us to come together as a team and have meaningful conversations that go beyond work. Whether we’re discussing the latest book we’ve read, sharing personal stories, or simply enjoying the Perth sunshine, these moments bring us closer together and reinforce the strong sense of community that we value so much here.

We’re all coffee and tea obsessed here at Centre for Stories. What’s your favourite order at our local cafe Lulu Lala?

Their latte is my go-to order. The traditional, caramel, hazelnut, and vanilla lattes are all absolutely excellent and must-haves for any coffee lover. But it’s not just the perfectly brewed coffee that keeps me coming back – it’s also the friendly and welcoming staff. There’s something about their warm smiles and cheerful energy that adds to the overall experience of getting a cup of coffee. Whether I’m starting my day or taking a quick break, a visit to Lulu Lala always gets me prepped for work and leaves me feeling charged up and uplifted.

Are you reading anything or watching anything right now?

I’ve been quite occupied lately with my studies and work, so I haven’t had as much time to indulge in my usual reading and watching habits, but I am eagerly anticipating diving into Atomic Habits by James Clear, which has been on my to-read list for quite some time now. To unwind after a long day, I’ve been indulging in some light entertainment by watching Schitt’s Creek. It’s a hilarious show that doesn’t require much concentration and always leaves me feeling refreshed and in good spirits.

What’s your favourite story that you’ve seen/read so far on your journey with Centre for Stories?

My favourite Centre for Stories story so far is from the A Mile in My Shoes collection by Christine Brown. Her story touched me deeply as it explores the journey of a mother after her daughter’s attempted suicide and how she fought for the recognition of the importance of mental health. The whole collection is a beautiful tribute to the power of storytelling, capturing each story so well and filled with so many emotions that connect you to the individuals on a deep level. A Mile in My Shoes collection is a testament to the power of storytelling to break down barriers, promote empathy, and connect us to one another on a deep and meaningful level.

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