AWECC Chairperson, Ms Rupinder Kaur has been named Wodonga's 'Citizen of the Year' for 2019. Ms Kaur, who arrived in Australia from India in 2007, has been recognised for her tireless efforts in supporting survivors of domestic violence and in her volunteer service to the Wodonga community. Ms Kaur will receive her award at an Australia Day ceremony in Wodonga on 26 January. Rupinder follows former AWECC Chairperson Teju Chouhan, who was honoured with the same award in 2017. AWECC congratulates Rupinder on this well-deserved recognition. To learn more about Rupinder, read her bio here.
AWECC has awarded Sylva Mwala with a sponsorship to attend The Mandala Project Emerging Leaders Summit this November in Beechworth, Victoria. Sylva, who is currently completing a Diploma of Community Services at Wodonga TAFE, will also undertake a part-time internship with AWECC to apply his newly acquired skills.
Today, AWECC received a letter from Federal Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO MP, advising that she has made representation to the Prime Minister on behalf of AWECC's members and communities. This is in response to concerns raised by AWECC Chairperson, Sue Portors, over the political instability at the federal level, rising anti-migrant sentiment in some parts of Australian society, and the impacts to our local community. You can read the letters below.
A Poem By Christian. M. Bashimbe.
This is a long journey.
Out of honey, no more funny.
Starting a way, without being away,
coming your way from far away.
A hard journey, out of water-proof clothes and honey.
You couldn’t imagine how far the safe land was,
until the migration police boards and surrounds all.
AWECC has been successful in its bid to fund its 'Multicultural Seniors LINK' program for 2018-2019! The Victorian Government's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) this week confirmed it will grant $10,000 to AWECC to fund the program through its 'Participation for CALD Seniors Grant' program.
AWECC Chairperson Sue Portors, has this week written to federal member for Indi, Ms Cathy McGowan AO MP, asking for her continued support for the multicultural communities of the Border and North East as she continues to negotiate with Australia's new Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison, and his government.
The Albury-Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council (AWECC) has an upcoming opportunity for a young person from a refugee background to complete a one-day per week, three-month summer internship with its community advocacy team. The successful intern will commence in early November 2018 and will be required to attend and actively participate in the Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Beechworth Victoria between the 8th to 11th November 2018 (valued at $1500).
Post: PO Box 920, Wodonga VIC 3689
Phone: +61 2 6024 6895