My name is Silvana Ghoussain, I grew up in western Sydney in the Seventies and Eighties this is where the story of my colourful and at times turbulent life began.
I was born in 1972 in Sydney women’s Hospital the daughter of Lebanese migrants living in Marrickville and later moving to Guildford western Sydney was the start of a life that would be full of challenges. As my parent’s spoke little English, Arabic was my first spoken language and with no family here in Australia and my farther working three jobs to support his family; my mother had little contact with the outside world. I remember the days spent watching Days of our Lives with my Mother as this was how she learnt to speak English and I learnt my first words. School would be my first challenge as first I had to break down the communication barrier as my English was still very poor and in time I would attend ESL ( English Speech Language School )