Welcome to February’s roundup newsletter!  

What an amazing turnout we had at the Picnic for Pinnacle Foundation! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support us. It was a wonderful chance to introduce you to our brilliant scholar Dineli, and to hear her truly inspiring story. If you haven’t already, be sure to take a moment to read all about her in the section below. 

And that is not all – we are also excited to announce that we will be building an intranet over the next month! This will make accessing resources even easier for all of you. If you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see included, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Happy Reading! Nic

Meet Dineli, our Pinnacle Foundation Scholar! 

Let us get to know Dineli, the incredible scholar who is making waves in the medical world! Dineli is a 24-year-old woman from Melbourne who is currently studying in Queensland. She was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Australia when she was just 2 years old. With a passion for politics and a commitment to tangible change, Dineli has worked on various campaigns and even written to her local member of parliament! Through her grassroots-level work, she has discovered her queer identity and is now dedicated to creating safe spaces for all. 

After completing her VCE in Melbourne, Dineli pursued a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne Uni and majored in Reproductive Physiology. This led her to pursue an honours degree in the prevention of spontaneous preterm labour with Unimelb, igniting her passion for Obstetrics. Although she initially considered completing a PhD in this field, Dineli discovered that she enjoyed the patient-facing aspects of clinical medicine. As a result, she sat the Gamsat and began studying for a Doctor of Medicine at UQ in 2021. 

Dineli’s passion lies in health equity, and she believes that access to safe, culturally responsive, and accepting healthcare is a basic human right. She is particularly passionate about sexual and reproductive health and is working towards eliminating biological essentialism. Dineli hopes to become an Obstetrician and Gynecologists, creating safe spaces for trans people, gender-diverse people, and people of colour to access care. 

Dineli is grateful for the Pinnacle Foundation scholarship, which has been life changing. As an unpaid full-time student who is also committed to extracurricular volunteering, the scholarship has allowed her to focus on her education and pursue her dreams. When it comes to travel, Dineli is looking forward to visiting Sri Lanka again and loves Thai cuisine – outside of her parents’ cooking, of course!

Up close and personal with Kevin Demirtakan 

Tell us a bit about yourself 

I have an Agricultural Engineer background specialising in research in genetics, nutrition, reproduction, growth, and development of farm animals. I have a double master’s degree in MBA & Global Project Management. My ethnic background is Turkish, and my parents are both retired public servants. I love discovering something new, whether it is a place, food, or anything else. 

What do you do at Vocus/Talentplicity?  

I am a Junior Consultant in the Finance Department, reporting to Finance Lead, Haseeb Siddiqi. 

How long have you been with Talentplicity?  

I just started a month ago! 

What do you love about your job?  

I love that changing jobs can broaden my knowledge base and make me more marketable. At Talentplicity Consulting, I can shape best practices for my department and seize opportunities to progress in my career. 

What is a hobby or pastime that you enjoy?  

I learned how to play pool at the age of 6 and participated in a tournament at age 9, even though the pool tables were taller than me! It is still one of my favorite pastimes. 

What is your favorite recipe/dish?  

I love cooking stuffed peppers, a delicious Turkish dish. As a carnivore, I prefer the version with ground beef. It is a great main meal with mezze, salad, or pasta on the side. 

What is your dream holiday spot?

Oh, that is an easy one. Brazil is at the top of my list. I have not had the chance to visit yet, but I have heard so many great things about it. The highlight for me would be attending Carnival, which is supposed to be an incredible experience. It is the country’s largest celebration, and from what I have heard, the culture, music, and dance are amazing.

Happy Birthday to March staff!

If you see Suresh (1st March), 
Hannah (11th March), and Jeremy (19th March) on their special day make sure to wish them a happy birthday! 

Get paid to stay fit competition

Get $600 up for grabs each year! 
Talentplicity employees can claim and be reimbursed for a gym membership, Yoga or Pilates classes, sporting classes, or any other fitness activity up to the value of $50 per month. 

Picnic for Pinnacle Photos

Thanks again for coming along and supporting a great cause.
Here are some great snaps of the Sydney crew!