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19 August 2019
Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA)

Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) is one of several AMRC initiatives to encourage refugee and migrant women in Adelaide to pursue education and employment participation pathways.

The WEIA program aims to address issues hindering refugee and migrant women entering the workforce and to provide them with the opportunity to break cultural stereotypes, explore potential employment pathways and develop skills around networking, personal growth and engagement in the care industry.

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15 August 2019
Naracoorte community groups lend a hand to widowed migrant
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Thanks: Thipphasone Xaysavanh thanks Lion Ian Davey (left) and Rotarian Ellis Roberts for the donations from their community groups.

Donations from two Naracoorte community groups have enabled a widowed single mum to gain a driver’s licence which was otherwise out of her reach.

Laos migrant Thipphasone Xaysavanh has lived in Australia for 12 years, the last few in Naracoorte, but her life took a turn for the worse last year when her husband died suddenly.

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15 August 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Roundtable

A Families and Children themed roundtable was held as part of the Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS). The roundtables identified priority issues and areas to be addressed for new arrival families. Guest speakers were Sophie Allouache, Senior Project Officer, Parenting and Family Support Programs, Department of Human Services; and Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People.

For roundtable photos, visit the gallery section of the AMRC website.

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15 August 2019
Mortal Kombat Casting Call

Heesom Casting are opening their doors to any and all Adelaide residents who wish to appear as Extras in the major blockbuster feature film, Mortal Kombat.

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14 August 2019
Community Support Program (CSP) Information Session

It was a great start to the morning with a welcome gathering for over 50 new arrivals from a diversity of backgrounds. The morning session focused on the Community Support Program (CSP), reuniting and settling refugees from overseas. Participants were enlightened about employment and educational opportunities including those in Whyalla from Andrea Genuth, Manager – SA, Chandler Macleod.

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8 August 2019
Connecting Women Health Workshop

A connecting women’s health workshop was held at the Adelaide Multicultural Centre with guest speaker Jacqueline Riviere, Culturally and Linguistic Diverse (CALD) Project Officer at SA Health.

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8 August 2019
Ethnic Leaders Consultation

Key community participants contributed their advice in a consultation regarding the Governance Toolkit for community organisations being developed by the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and the AMRC. The toolkit aims to support small settlement organisations with information and training on good governance practices.

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7 August 2019
Limestone Coast Visit

The AMRC had a productive tour of Limestone Coast towns, working in partnership with local government, industry groups and service providers. The Settlement Council of Australia’s (SCoA) CEO Tammy Wolffs accompanied AMRC CEO Eugenia Tsoulis OAM on the visit. Some terrific highlights were the Bordertown Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) forum, the consultation and welcome lunch for new arrivals of Yazidi background in Mount Gambier and the consultation with members of the Chinese community in Naracoorte. Visit the + Read more

30 July 2019
ILC Ready
Transcript by the AMRC featured in the ILC Ready webinar presented by the Community Business Bureau.

Our first hot tip: when designing your project, identify your strengths, and build on them.

You don’t need to be an NDIS Provider, or even work in the disability sector.

You may have a special skill, that can make a difference through an ILC grant.

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre is a user-led organisation helping newly arrived migrants settle into life in Australia. They are governed by new and emerging migrant communities, and staffed by people from those communities.

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22 July 2019
Living and Working in Whyalla Expo
Photo: The Honourable Vicki Chapman MP, Deputy Premier; Mayor Clare McLaughlin, Whyalla City Council; Chris Cowley, Chief Executive Officer, Whyalla City Council; David Penfold, Economic Development Manager, Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula; Professor Carol Grech, University of South Australia; Robin O’Dea, Manager Regions Whyalla, TAFESA; Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA; Hanif Rahimi, Member, Afghan Community of SA; His Honour Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; and Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO, AMRC.

It was a fantastic evening for community and ethnic leaders, prospective workers and their families, who were enlightened about the various educational and employment opportunities available in Whyalla.

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19 July 2019
Bordertown students enjoy agriculture excursion
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle
Written by Taylor Harvey.

Photo: New Pathway: Students from Bordertown High School had the opportunity to see what agricultural pathways they could choose to go down (Credit: The Border Chronicle 2019). 

Twenty-one students from Bordertown High School enjoyed a full day excursion visiting a number of agricultural based businesses and enterprises in Bordertown on July 4.

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18 July 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Jamal photographed with AMRC Settlement Officer Firas Habib.

Jamal Ssaid Ahmad arrived in Australia in 2016 with his family. Jamal and his family are the first Syrian family to pass the citizenship test. The family were regular participants at the Understanding Civic Responsibilities and English Language classes held at the Northern Area MRC, involving citizenship preparation and learning about the Australian culture. A positive outcome has included 20 families approaching the AMRC to start their citizenship preparation. “I am so grateful – you helped me prepare and I passed the citizenship test.

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18 July 2019
Youth Parliament 2019
Photo: Standing tall are members of AMRC’s Youth Parliament team 2019 with AMRC Arts Coordinator and mentor Keith Preston.

It was a riveting start to this year’s Youth Parliament on Monday 15th of July 2019, with our young women leaders doing us proud at Parliament House.

Stay tuned on our website and Facebook channel for what’s to come from this amazing group of women in their quest to tackle issues of concern and interest to young people.

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15 July 2019
Ethnic fashion event showcases stories from across the world
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

The Ethnic Fashions event held on Sunday June 23 as part of Refugee Week had a diverse cross section of models and audience members as women and children from Laos, Thailand, China and Afghanistan.

The event was hosted by the Limestone Coast Ladies CWA, the Migrant Resource Centre, and the Department of Human Services at Gather on Gordon, with proprietor Tanya Ham and her crew working tirelessly to assist with the event.

Caroline Menzel, the Limestone Coast Volunteer Coordinator, was also of great assistance.

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15 July 2019
Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture Project
Photo: The Border Chronicle 2019.

Over 20 young people of migrant and refugee background from Bordertown High School enjoyed an excursion to various agricultural based businesses. The excursion was part of the Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture project delivered by Bordertown MRC, which aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore career pathways in the agricultural sector.

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15 July 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Five Karen-speaking workers working hard on the job.

Five people of Karen background have been employed in the forestry and logging industry in Mount Gambier. Mount Gambier MRC in partnership with Badenoch Logging held numerous employment workshops last year and this year to assist people of migrant and refugee background in their pathway to employment. Another positive outcome of this partnership includes a migrant of Filipino background being linked to Badenoch Logging.

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12 July 2019
Community Services Coordinator Position

The AMRC is seeking applications from experienced multi-skilled professionals who have human services qualifications to provide community services and capacity building coordination to migrants and refugees in the Limestone Coast.

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2 July 2019
59th Independence Day Anniversary

The Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) Chief Executive Officer, Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, was honoured to be invited as a guest speaker by the Congolese Community of South Australia at their 59th Independence Day Anniversary on Saturday 29th of June 2019. The Congolese community is one of the first African communities to be settled by the AMRC in South Australia.

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25 June 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians
Photo: Vian's banner flying proudly in Victoria Square.

You may already recognise Vian Ammen’s face from her dazzling banner displayed in Victoria Square, but you might not be familiar with her story. Vian arrived in Australia from Iraq in 2017 as a humanitarian entrant, through the AMRC’s Community Proposal Pilot (CPP) Program. She is a graduate architect, who is now working as an architectural draftsperson. To read her full story, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.

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25 June 2019
Launch of the Migrant and Refugee Women’s Banners
Photo: Andrew Hill AM

The stunning portraits of 23 migrant and refugee women were launched in Victoria Square to celebrate 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. Thank you to the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, for launching the banners and Ms Carolyn Power MP, Assistant Minister for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention, for her inspirational remarks. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these amazing banners on display until Sunday 30th of June 2019.

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20 June 2019
Launch of World Refugee Day 2019
Photo: Manet Multimedia 2019

It was a marvellous Launch of World Refugee Day 2019 at Government House by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le. Thank you to all participating local government councils, organisations and individuals in South Australia for a spectacular Refugee Week, commemorating the bravery, determination and strength of refugees globally.

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18 June 2019
Launch of Youth Poster and SA Refugee Week 2019
Photo: Manet Multimedia 2019

It was an exciting start to SA Refugee Week 2019, with both the Launch of the Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards, and the Launch of SA Refugee Week 2019 on Monday 17 June 2019. The launches showcased the power of artwork to bring over 300 people together and provide young people with a voice to raise awareness about key themes and issues of human rights and refugees. Thank you to the Honourable John Gardner MP, Minister for Education; and the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, for launching this special occasion and to the 50 participating schools and tertiary institutions.

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12 June 2019
‘Come Together’ Multicultural Festival Grants Program

Applications for the ‘Come Together’ Multicultural Festival Grants close this Friday, 14 June 2019.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the 2019 Multicultural Festival – apply for funding through this Grant Program for a performance, activity or stall at this event.

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7 June 2019
Murray Bridge Visit
Recently, the Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Adelaide, Ms He Lanjing, visited Murray Bridge and met with Mayor Brenton Lewis, Chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) John Scarvelis, Murraylands MRC staff and members of the Chinese Community Association Murraylands (CCAM).
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30 May 2019
Inaugural Awards Night
Photo: Erika Vickery OAM, Mayor, Naracoorte Lucindale Council; Shagofa Akbari, Student, Naracoorte High School; and Hafeezullah Haidari, Owner, Pearl Continental Australia.

A fantastic awards night was held at Pearl Continental Australia in Naracoorte, with students from the Independent Learning Centre, part of Naracoorte High School, receiving certificates for their work placement at the restaurant owned by Hafeezullah Haidari. Among them was Shagofa Akbari, who arrived in Australia with her family in 2017.

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30 May 2019
Mehdi off to Melbourne
Picture: Kowree Naracoorte Tatiara Football League (KNTFL)
As published in KNTFL
Written by KNTFL.

Photo: Mehdi Ghulami in action in a local junior colts match.

The Bordertown Football Club is very pleased to announce junior colt Mehdi Ghulami has been selected in the World Team Program run by the AFL.

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23 May 2019
National Volunteer Week Celebration

It was a lovely celebration of National Volunteer Week with new arrivals from the Afghan community. Congratulations to Bordertown MRC volunteer Gwen Fisher for receiving a Volunteer of the Year Award. Gwen coordinates the English language classes at Bordertown MRC and has been assisting new arrivals in Bordertown since 2014.

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22 May 2019
Tax, Super + You Competition

The Australian Taxation Office’s (ATO) Tax, Super + You competition will return on Monday 3 June 2019.

Students in Year 7–12 are invited to submit creative entries explaining the value tax and/or super brings to the community.

For more information about the competition, visit the ATO’s website.

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22 May 2019
125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia

Flying proudly in Victoria Square, Adelaide from Sunday 16 June 2019 will be the portraits of 23 women of migrant and refugee background, celebrating 125 Years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia. Don’t miss your opportunity to see these amazing banners on display until Sunday 30 June 2019.

Visit the AMRC Facebook channel to view one of the banners to be displayed.

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21 May 2019
Launch of Youth Poster Exhibition and Presentation of Awards

What a better way to kick-start SA Refugee Week 2019 then the Launch of the Youth Poster Exhibition and Awards. Join us in seeing the power of artwork to bring people together and provide young people with a voice to raise awareness about important themes and issues surrounding refugees.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday 17 June 2019 at 1pm at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery.

RSVP your attendance to admin@amrc.org.au

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20 May 2019
SA Refugee Week Calendar of Events 2019

The SA Refugee Week Calendar of Events 2019 has just been released by the AMRC and the SA Refugee Week Committee. Here’s your chance to participate in over 30 different events, celebrating the valuable contribution of refugees to South Australia. Be the first to grab your copy of the calendar by visiting the events section on the AMRC website.

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16 May 2019
Bus Tour in Murray Bridge

A wonderful bus tour for 12 Chinese elders part of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) elders group.

The Chinese elders were welcomed at council chambers by the Rural City of Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis.

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15 May 2019
New Year celebrated by Lao community and friends
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Jenny Stirling.

Photo: A Colourful Celebration: Members of the Lao and Thai community, with other invited guests at the New Year’s get together.

On April 20 the Naracoorte Lao community hosted approximately 80 Thai and Cambodian friends, some of whom travelled from Adelaide and Sydney, to celebrate their customary New Year celebrations.

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8 May 2019
Youth Poster Project

Students from Trinity Gardens School participated in the SA Refugee Week Youth Poster project 2019. Read about their art making experience published in the front page of the school’s newsletter.

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8 May 2019
Making Our Voices Heard

An open forum with the In Our Own Voices project initiators and storyteller participants was held on Saturday 4 May 2019 at the Migration Museum.

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6 May 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Meeting

Photo: Sayed Masoud Fakhrizadeh, NDIS participant; Gouzel Valiff and Anna Amirkhanyan, Project Officers, Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA); Ralph Day, Disability Workforce Manager, Northern Futures; and Daniel Leighton, Branch Manager, Information, Linkages and Capacity Building, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

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2 May 2019
Asif wins Lorry Humphreys Trade Scholarship
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle
Written by Taylor Harvey.

Photo: Award: Mohammad Asif Abdullahi (left) being presented his scholarship by Tatiara Councillor Robert Mock.

Bordertown’s Mohammad Asif Abdullahi has become the inaugural winner of the Lorry Humphreys Trades Scholarship, which is valued at $5000.

The scholarship is funded from the Lorry Humphreys Sub Fund of Stand Like Stone and has been established in memory of artist Lorraine Humphreys, who left a significant and lasting legacy to the Limestone Coast region.

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2 May 2019
Hafeez’s awards honour shines a light on Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Gala: Murtaza, Steve Loe, Senator Michaelia Cash, Tammy Schinckel, Hafeezullah, Murray Burdett, Mayor Erika Vickery, Museen, Julie Burdett, Niamat, Haidari Smart, Saferali, Rhamat Mohebi, Medi.

The 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Star Event Centre in Sydney was a big night for Pearl Continental Australia Indian restaurant, Hafeezullah ‘Hafeez’ Haidari, and Naracoorte.

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2 May 2019
Pasin gives support to a soccer carnival in Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Kicking Goals: Club president Jon Thurlow, Member for Barker Tony Pasin, MRC coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery.

Limestone Coast Multicultural Soccer Carnival has received a funding boost of $40,000 from the Federal Government’s Fostering Integration Grant program.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin attended the Naracoorte United Soccer Club last Thursday night to announce the $40,000 in funding.

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17 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Members of the young women’s soccer team with Firas, Settlement Officer, AMRC; and Muthana Al-Boufradi, Chairman, Iraqi Sports Association of SA.

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17 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Cung enjoying his new career pathway.

At the age of 17, Cung of Burmese background, arrived in Australia four years ago. Initially wanting to become an engineer, he decided to switch career pathways to explore aviation. His interest in aviation was inspired when he resided near the Parafield Airport. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Aviation (Management) at the University of South Australia. “I love Wednesdays because that is when I do simulated flying, which is a highlight of my week.”

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15 April 2019
Governance Training Workshop
Some of the AMRC board members and representatives from member organisations at our governance training workshop. Thank you Allison for facilitating an insightful and productive workshop.
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15 April 2019
Chinese Community Consultation in Naracoorte
Privileged to have facilitated a workshop with Chinese community members working in Naracoorte.
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11 April 2019
Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA)

Photo: Some of the Women’s Employment into Action (WEIA) Participants.

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9 April 2019
State politics: migrant workers essential for region
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Diversity: Sarah McWaters from Teys Australia, Sandy Talbot from the NLBTA, Hafeezullah Haidari of Pearl Continental Australia, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, MRC Coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery at a 2018 Refugee Week celebration.

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8 April 2019
Civic Participation and Citizenship Workshop

Over 30 women leaders from Afghan, Iranian, Eritrean, Sudanese and Filipino background were empowered with knowledge on voting rights during a Civic Participation and Citizenship Workshop delivered in partnership with the Council of Migrant and Refugee Women (CMRW) of SA, Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change and the Australian Electoral Commission.

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8 April 2019
Stories of Achieving New Australians

Photo: Njm using his hair stylist skills on a customer.

Njm fled Syria as a refugee with his parents and six other siblings. He resettled in Australia as a humanitarian entrant in 2016. “I remember seeing cockatoos in the gum trees for the first time and I knew my life would be so different. I tasted freedom for the first time. During this time, I wanted a bike more than anything and the AMRC found me a bike. I was so happy riding my bike everywhere,” he said.

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5 April 2019
Veggie Garden

Members of the Mount Gambier MRC Lifeskills Group recently learned from volunteers how to make soup the Australian way. In return, they showed volunteers how to make one of their traditional salads. The group used fresh veggies they harvested from the vegetable garden they developed in the MRC backyard with a grant from the Stand Like Stone Foundation.

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28 March 2019
Asia Mohebi awarded Soroptimist International Naracoorte Denise Grieve scholarship
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

Photo: Worthy Winner: Scholarship winner Asia Mohebi (right) with Soroptimists member Angela Willsmore.

For most school leavers, the thought of moving to the city to continue tertiary education at university is a daunting one. For Naracoorte High School year 12 graduate Asia Mohebi, it is something she has been working towards since she was a child growing up in Afghanistan.

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25 March 2019
Launch of In Our Own Voices Exhibition, Twenty Winters Book and Nowruz
Photo: Andrew Hill AM, Adjunct Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA; Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; Hon. Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia; Dr Hamoudi Aldyni, General Practitioner, Mannum Medical Centre; Elizabeth Ho OAM, Chair, History Trust of SA; Chair, Migration Museum Foundation and Deputy Chair, AMRC; Tarik Beden, Chairperson, Iraqi Community Cultural Association of SA; and Hon. Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs (Credit: Fahim Hashimy, Farda Film).

It was a fantastic celebration of the launch of the In Our Own Voices Exhibition, Dr Hamoudi Aldyni’s book ‘Twenty Winters’ and the Middle Eastern New Year Festival Nowruz on Saturday 23 March 2019.

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20 March 2019
Gossip restaurant has opened its doors!
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Newest Restaurant in Town: Gossip got its name from being a place where people can eat, drink and talk (Credit: The Naracoorte Herald). 

After months of work Gossip has now opened, with the Malaysian restaurant serving an array of authentic Asian-fusion food.

The proprietor and chef is Eida, who is a former Masterchef contestant in her home country, and who grew up cooking Malay and Thai cuisine.

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19 March 2019
Supported Playgroup sessions at the Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald
Written by The Naracoorte Herald.

A new and innovative program will be commencing at Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten in 2019.

The Centre has employed Sima Gul Muhammadi, a well-known and respected member of the Naracoorte community, to co-ordinate a “Supported Playgroup” session on Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.00am.

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19 March 2019
Federal Government backs public art project celebrating cultural diversity in Mount Gambier
Picture: The Border Watch
As published in The Border Watch
Written by The Border Watch.

Photo: Mural Funding: Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre manager Anelia Blackie and Member for Barker Tony Pasin
celebrate the Great Wall of Cultures mural funding announcement with South East migrants.

Large-Scale public mural concept highlighting the South East’s diverse cultural links has received $48,500 in Federal Government funding.

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19 March 2019
Migrant festival pushes ahead to ‘showcase how harmony works’ in wake of Christchurch attacks
Picture: Bec Whetham, ABC South East SA
As published in ABC South East SA
Written by Lucy Robinson and Bec Whetham.

Photo: The festival, called Jam’eh, celebrated Bordertown’s growing migrant population (Credit: Bec Whetham, ABC South East SA).

A small South Australian town has pushed ahead with a festival to celebrate its growing migrant population in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

The event at Bordertown, in the state’s south east, was almost cancelled after 50 people were killed in shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday.

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18 March 2019
Christchurch Message

We, at the AMRC, are hurting for our sisters and brothers killed in Christchurch and send our love, hope and wishes for peace to their families and communities, wherever in the world they may live. We are more determined than ever to actively contribute to our multicultural society, so that love and peace can override hate and violence.

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7 March 2019
Happy International Women’s Day!
Photo: Ray Caird

A remarkable unity of 300 women of migrant and refugee background coming together to celebrate their social and economic achievements for International Women’s Day. The women voiced their challenges and opportunities in their pathway to education, training and employment. Thank you to guest speakers and the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, as well as service providers for your support and participation.

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6 March 2019
ABC Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture Project
Photo: Mohammad Asif Abdullahi, Year 12 Student, Bordertown High School; and Wayne Klitscher, Branch Manager, Wickham Flower.

As part of the ABC’s Youth Innovation – Bridging Agriculture project, Bordertown MRC in partnership with Bordertown High School provided young people of migrant and refugee background with an opportunity to explore career pathways in various businesses. Mohammad Asif Abdullahi of Afghan background participated in the project, undertaking work experience with Wickham Flower – a local car, farm and machinery dealership. The Year 12 student from Bordertown High School is now undertaking a school-based apprenticeship as a mechanic with Wickham Flower.

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6 March 2019
Hafeez – a national finalist representing Naracoorte
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in the Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: An Incredible Achievement: (from left) Sajjad, Sandy Talbot, Neville Vickery, Julie Burdett, Hafeezullah Haidari, Murray Burdett, Erika Vickery, Tammy Schinckel, Robyn Talbot, and Mehdi.

Hafeezullah “Hafeez” Haidari will once again be shining the spotlight on Naracoorte at an awards gala, this time at the 2019 Australian Small Business Champion Awards.

Pearl Continental Australia beat out 2000 other entrants to be selected as an Australian Small Business Champion Finalist.

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6 March 2019
Migrant driven to succeed
Picture: Sandra Morello
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Sandra Morello.

Photo: Special Bond: Top Spot Auto Dismantlers company owner Peter Barrows and new arrival immigrant K’Bow Doh Htoo enjoy a casual chat.

New Mount Gambier arrival finds top spot to start life in Australia

Mount Gambier new arrival immigrant K’Bow Doh Htoo can be seen tinkering beneath cars at a city’s spare parts business.

With a wide smile and positive demeanour, K’Bow is an example how humanitarian immigrants are contributing to the city’s social and economic fabric.

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28 February 2019
Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN)

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is an introductory leadership development program for young people, fully sponsored by Rotary.

For more information about the program, contact: Stephany Martin, District Chair, on E: rypen9520@gmail.com or M: 0439 572 495. To register for the program, visit the RYPEN website.

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25 February 2019
The Migration Museum is connecting hearts
Picture: Migration Museum
Written by Migration Museum.

Media Release, February 2019

The Migration Museum is partnering with artist Penny Ryan to present connecting hearts, a series of free workshops and public events which ask us to think about the question: “Who belongs?”. Current debates on migration often focus on the divide between those who are accepted as belonging and those who aren’t. It is easy to forget the hearts we have in common.

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21 February 2019
Launch of Youth Symposium Report
Photo: Yasin Hassanyar, President, Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLinkSA); John Evangelista, Director, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services, Department for Industry and Skills; Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills; Elizabeth Ho OAM, Deputy Chairperson, AMRC; Hon. Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC; Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA); and Helen Connolly, Commissioner for Children and Young People SA.

Credit: Manet Group Australia

A brilliant launch last night at the AMRC of the ‘Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future’ Report by the Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills. Thank you to speakers Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services; John Evangelista, Director, Traineeship and Apprenticeship Services, Department for Industry and Skills; Sara Omar, Year 11 Student, Pinnacle College; and Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).

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19 February 2019
Chinese Lunar New Year Dinner

Congratulations to Yong Koh, President of the Overseas Chinese Association (OCA) of SA and all other Chinese leaders for an incredible evening – you are to be congratulated for your unity, the food, speeches and entertainment.

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7 February 2019
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS)
Photo: SETS provider panelists including Shaista Kalaniya, Project Manager, MWASA; Patience Odia Diessa, ACCSA; Constance Jones, Project Manager - SGP, AWFOSA; Deb Stringer, CEO, ARA; Hussain Razaiat, Manager, MECCSA; Catherine Fielke, Manager - SETS, Anglicare SA; Tamara Stewart-Jones, CEO, MYSA; and Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO, AMRC.

A tremendous start to the first AMRC Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) meeting of the year, with over 100 participants listening to presentations focusing on the Settlement Engagement and Transition Support (SETS) Program, followed by an open forum and networking.

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1 February 2019
Local educator Farzana Rezaie receives a state Australia Day Award!
As published in the Naracoorte Herald.
Written by the Naracoorte Herald.

Farzana Rezaie, who came to Naracoorte from Afghanistan and is part of the Hazara community, has achieved the prestigious honour of being bestowed a South Australian Australia Day Award.

Farzana received The Award for Leadership in Languages and Cultures, presented to her by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellence Hieu Van Le, at Government House on January 21.

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25 January 2019
Student Poster Exhibition

Exhibiting now at the Barossa Regional Gallery are stunning and vibrant artworks from South Australian students from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, who participated in the SA Refugee Week 2018 Youth Poster project. Check out the exhibition, which will remain until the end of February 2019.

Our Student Poster Exhibition will continue touring, with its next destination scheduled in mid-March 2019 at Hughes Gallery. Check out the exhibition program below for details.

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16 January 2019
Afghan Nationwide Sports Tournament

Congratulations to the Afghan United Association of South Australia for their inaugural ceremony for the Afghan nationwide sports tournament, participated by 5,000 young men, women and children from all states in Australia and New Zealand, and launched by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.

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14 January 2019
Stop it at the Start Campaign
Photo: Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Campaign 2018.

The AMRC participated in the ‘Stop it at the Start’ campaign against domestic violence by the Department of Social Services (DSS). Click on the link below to watch the video.

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2 January 2019
Migrant garden project unveiled
Picture: Border Watch
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Brittany Denton.

Photo: Green Thumbs: Elderly refugees in the Senior Lifeskills Group meet at the Migrant Resource Centre every Wednesday to tend to their vegetable garden.

Resource centre initiative provides refugees with learning opportunities

Elderly refugees at Mount Gambier’s Migrant Resource Centre unveiled a flourishing vegetable garden at the premises yesterday.

Members of the Senior Lifeskills Group have planned and planted the garden over the past few months.

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7 December 2018
Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence

The AMRC participated in the third ‘Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence’ (DFV) campaign, coordinated by the Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS), in collaboration with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), Liberian Men of South Australia and Shamshir – A Human Rights Campaign.

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22 November 2018
AMRC 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Photo: Members of the Burmese Chin Community of SA photographed with the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier; His Honour Judge Rauf Soulio, Chairperson, AMRC; and Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO, AMRC.

Credit: Ray Caird
A wonderful AMRC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Launch of a Decade of Humanitarian Settlement in SA of the Burmese Community by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier.
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13 November 2018
Carclew Creative Consultants

You bring the talent, we make it happen. 18-29 years old? Want a career in creative industries? This is for you.

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5 November 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Zahra, Volunteer, Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten, Naracoorte

Photo: Zahra presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

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2 November 2018
International Metropolis Conference 2018

Congratulations to the Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and the International Metropolis Conference 2018.

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31 October 2018
First Indian and Sri Lankan restaurant in Tatiara
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Hard at Work: Rani and Dickson have big dreams for their new Bordertown born business ‘DR Kebab’.

Bordertown’s Woolshed Street has welcomed brand new South Asian restaurant and grocery store ‘DR Kebab’ to the town.

The family run initiative is a first for Indian and Sri Lankan street-food and casual dining in the Tatiara district.

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31 October 2018
Rotary Club of Bordertown’s newest member Sathu shows appreciation
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Appreciation: Rotary Club of Bordertown’s newest member Sathu Vallavanpillai greatly appreciates the work the Rotary Club is making in his hometown of Sri Lanka.

Tatiara’s Sathu Vallavanpillai has expressed great appreciation to the Rotary Club of Bordertown for its commitment in supporting disenfranchised communities in Sri Lanka.

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29 October 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Valérie Baya, President, African Students Council of South Australia (ASCSA)

Photo: Valérie presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

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24 October 2018
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS) Meeting

Photo: Michelle Dieu, Manager, Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre (NAMRC); Erika Von Aspern, Manager, Intensive English Language/New Arrivals Program, Department for Education; Anti Macri, Principal, Adelaide Secondary School of English (ASSOE); Phillip Davies, Assistant Principal, NAP/EALD Programs, Thebarton Senior College (TSC); Inna Tucker, Assistant Principal, Ingle Farm Primary School; and Luci Lovelock, Director, AMRC.

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22 October 2018
Young Women Achievers Leading Our Communities
Private Kbora Ali, Australian Defence Force

Photo: Kbora presenting at Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future 2018

At the age of nine, Kbora arrived in Australia in 2007 as a refugee. Her family spent three years in a refugee camp in Pakistan after fleeing Afghanistan due to violence against Hazaras.

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19 October 2018
New migrants receive wool industry insight at Glencoe
Picture: Brooke Littlewood
As published in the Border Watch.
Written by Brooke Littlewood.

Photo: Thank Ewe: Congolese migrants Esther Mbuyu, Mery Masika and Joseph Kambale thanked Glencoe farmers Ruth (pictured) and Dale Price for providing them with the opportunity to get up close to their livestock and witness a shearing demonstration.

Migrants explore life on the land
Glencoe farm opens gates to some of Limestone Coast’s newest arrivals

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15 October 2018
Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future

A magnificent turnout for the ‘Youth Symposium: Leading for our Future’ launched by the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, in partnership with the Commissioner for Children and Young People SA and the AMRC. The symposium provided young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with a voice and solutions for their future training and employment aspirations. Thank you to keynote speakers Denis Yengi CPA, Financial Consultant, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA); and Private Kbora Ali, Australian Defence Force, and panel presenters for sharing their personal barriers to employment and overcoming them.

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15 October 2018
Walk Against Domestic and Family Violence

The Liberian Australian Service Foundation (LAS) in collaboration with the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), AMRC, Liberian Men of South Australia and Shamshir – A Human Rights Campaign, invite your family, friends and community to Walk With Us Against Domestic and Family Violence on Saturday 17 November 2018 at 10am. Assemble at Light Square, Adelaide to march to Parliament House, North Terrace.

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11 October 2018
Mooncake Festival celebrated in Murray Bridge
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by Emma Zirkel.

Photo: Celebrate: CCAM Deputy President Bao Luo with President Brong Xu (centre) are accompanied by guests from SA Overseas Chinese Association during the Murray Bridge Moon Cake Festival.

Last month’s Moon Cake Festival was a success, says Bao Lu who now hopes to share more Chinese traditions and festivals with the wider Murraylands community.

The Moon Cake Festival is a harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese people.

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5 October 2018
Moon Cake Festival

Over 200 participants enjoyed traditional music, dancing and a fashion parade as part of the Moon Cake Festival celebration hosted by the Murray Bridge Chinese Association (MBCA) in partnership with Murraylands MRC.

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5 October 2018
Youth Roundtable
Young people participated in a Youth Roundtable with guest speaker Luke Davis, Magistrate at the Adelaide Youth Court, presenting on the youth court and young people of migrant and refugee background.
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25 September 2018
Unmasked African Festival 2018

Over 3,000 attendees enjoyed a spectacular Unmasked African Festival in the heart of the city featuring a diverse range of foods, arts and crafts and an exciting performance program by African communities, hosted by the African Communities Council of SA (ACCSA), in partnership with the AMRC, City of Adelaide, SALT and Department of Human Services (DHS).

For more photos of the festival, visit the gallery section on the website.

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25 September 2018
Bordertown High students involved with international art project
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle. 
Written by Louise Horobin. 
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24 September 2018
From dingy street to rich cultural hub full of prospects
Picture: Matt Loxton
As published in the Westside Weekly Messenger.
Written by Mohsen Nazari.

Photo: Najafi Carpet Gallery owner Ramazan Najafi and News Corp’s Mohsen Nazari, who all marvel at the incredible changes that have taken place on Prospect Rd in Kilburn.

When News Corp’s Mohsen Nazari arrived in Kilburn as a refugee back in 2005, northern Prospect Rd was a “high-crime neighbourhood”. Over the years, Mo’s family has seen the street become enriched with Middle Eastern culture. Here, he shares the story of Kilburn’s changing face.

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20 September 2018
Hafeezullah Haidari: Man of the Moment
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald 2018
As published in The Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: Pearl Indian: Hafeezullah “Hafeez” Haidari has been rewarded for his hard work with state award nominations.

Hafeezulla “Hafeez” Haidari is having a moment – not only has the Pearl Indian proprietor been nominated for two state awards for excellence in business, but he’s also planning a new restaurant in Penola.

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20 September 2018
Unmasked African Festival brings beats, food and colour to Victoria Square
Picture: AAP/Morgan Sette
As published in the City Messenger.
Written by Natalie De Nadai.

Photo: Baindu Tamba, Haja Koroma, David Biar, Nixon Sola, Michael Nketiah Boakye and children, Usman, 5, and Amanda, 7, in Victoria Square in the lead up to Unmasked African Festival (photo courtesy of AAP/Morgan Sette). 

Experience the energy, colour and cultural richness of Africa right in the heart of the city this weekend.

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14 September 2018
Information session on sustainable fishing practices and regulations

In partnership with Fisheries SA, Victorian Fisheries and Parks Victoria, the Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) held an information session for new arrival migrants and refugees on sustainable fishing practices and fishing regulations in South Australia and Victoria.

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12 September 2018
A group of 140 local residents gathered to celebrate
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by Heather Muirhead.

Photo: Gather: Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM, CEO of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC), Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis, President of Overseas Chinese Association SA Mr Yong Koh and President of Murray Bridge Chinese Association (MBCA) Mr Morong Xu (photo courtesy of Murraylands MRC).

A large community gathering, of around 140 people, took place in Murray Bridge over the first weekend of September.

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6 September 2018
Migrant Resource Centre building migrant youth career opportunities
Picture: Border Chronicle
As published in the Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Students: Khatera Rezai, Shakila Ghulami, Ivy Thien, Parwana Abdullahi and Asif Abdullahi.

Bordertown’s Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) has received a 2018 ABC Heywire grant, which will be used to encourage long term career opportunities in the agricultural sector for migrant and refugee youths.

MRC multicultural community services coordinator Tracey Grosser said the grant money would be put towards developing a pilot program in collaboration with Bordertown High School and the MRC.

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6 September 2018
Consultation with Harmony Alliance

The AMRC hosted key community women leaders from a diversity of backgrounds including Afghan, African, Burmese, Bhutanese and Syrian, who participated in a consultation with the National Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change.

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6 September 2018
Governance Strategic Planning Workshop

The Council for Migrant and Refugee Women (CMRW) of SA held a Governance Strategic Planning Workshop with Vanessa Swan, CMRW Honorary Chair and board members to further the aim and objectives of the council, with guest speaker Iona Roy, representing the National Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change.

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3 September 2018
Community gathering in Murray Bridge

A large community gathering in Murray Bridge over the weekend was welcomed by Mayor Brenton Lewis, Rural City of Murray Bridge; Mr Yong Koh, President of the Overseas Chinese Association (OCA); and Eugenia Tsoulis OAM, CEO of the AMRC. It was hosted by Murraylands MRC in partnership with the OCA, with participants of Chinese, Filipino, Burmese and other backgrounds enjoying a BBQ. The OCA introduced its ethnic school, providing Chinese classes to local residents.

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3 September 2018
Seniors Community Garden
A community garden being established by Karen and Karenni seniors in Mount Gambier.
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30 August 2018
Launch of NDIS Training Resource

Today the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier, launched the NDIS Training Resource ‘Culturally Responsive Services: A Resource for NDIS Service Providers’ to a huge crowd of NDIS service providers, other services, government representatives, people with a disability, carers and community leaders. The resource is a product of a partnership of the AMRC, Department for Industry and Skills, Northern Futures and Disability Workforce Hub.

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27 August 2018
Thank you Saint Ignatius’ College

AMRC representatives Hiba Alwani and Simon Cinzah were delighted to accept backpacks on behalf of the AMRC from Saint Ignatius’ College for new arrival primary school children.

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22 August 2018
Training in Aged Care and NDIS with the AMRC

Do you want to train to work in aged or disability care?

We are seeking expressions of interest from eligible individuals who have a bicultural and bilingual background, experience and/or qualifications aligned to the job description.

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17 August 2018
Ask Maria Project

Photo: Participants with WLSSA CEO Zita Adut Deng Ngor and Project Officer/Paralegal Chloe Fragos at Murraylands MRC.

Ask Maria Project delivered in partnership with Women’s Legal Service SA (WLSSA), Multicultural Aged Care and regional MRCs, empowering women of migrant and refugee background with knowledge on women’s rights and the Australian legal system.

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15 August 2018
Murraylands Multicultural Network welcomes newcomers
Picture: Murraylands Migrant Resource Centre (MMRC)
As published in the Murray Valley Standard.
Written by John Scarvelis.

Photo: United front: Some of the Murraylands Multicultural Network’s new management committee are photographed with Australian Migrant Resource Centre CEO Eugenia Tsoulis and Murraylands multicultural community services coordinator Heather Muirhead.

The Murraylands Multicultural Network held its annual general meeting on Saturday, July 22, with key community members and service providers attending.

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10 August 2018
Peace Celebration

Eritrean and Ethiopian Youth of Adelaide enjoying a peace celebration.

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10 August 2018
Café Musica and Launch of SALA Exhibition

The wonderful sound of Arabic music filled the Adelaide Multicultural Centre during Café Musica and the Launch of SALA Exhibition ‘Damascus Thinking of You.’

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3 August 2018
Strategic Planning and Evaluation Day

AMRC Staff Strategic Planning and Evaluation Day reflecting on achievements and identifying priorities through individual and group input.

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1 August 2018
Vocational Student of the Year Award

Naracoorte’s Zahra is a finalist for this year’s Vocational Student of the Year Award. She arrived in Naracoorte in 2015 and was awarded the Limestone Coast Training Award in 2017. She is currently studying a foundation course at UniSA to pursue a Bachelor of Primary Education and is also volunteering at Michelle DeGaris Memorial Kindergarten. “My English is not always perfect, but the children and staff at the child care service have always been willing to help me, which encouraged me to pursue my future goal of becoming a teacher to transfer skills and knowledge to others.

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1 August 2018
2018 Regional Showcase People’s Choice Award

Photo: Hafeezullah (left) with team members from Pearl Indian Cuisine (Credit: The Naracoorte Herald).

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25 July 2018
Chinese Community Consultation

Photo: Members of the Chinese community photographed with new chair of the Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) representing the Rotary Club of Murray Bridge, Mr John Scarvelis and Murraylands MRC Multicultural Community Services Coordinator Heather Muirhead.

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25 July 2018
Murraylands Multicultural Network AGM

Photo: Murraylands Multicultural Network (MMN) New Management Committee photographed with AMRC CEO Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM and Murraylands MRC Multicultural Community Services Coordinator Heather Muirhead.

Murraylands Multicultural Network 2018 Annual General Meeting, with key community leaders forming the new management committee. The network will assist in advancing and sustaining regional settlement.

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20 July 2018
Youth Parliament 2018

Photo: AMRC Youth Parliament Team with Member of Parliament.

Our inspiring Youth Leaders have done us proud by presenting the ‘Affordable Electricity Bill’ at Parliament House, focusing on reducing electricity prices and energy bill costs in SA.

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20 July 2018
Damascus – Thinking of You Launch

Syrian sisters Dania and Hala Naji are about to take the Adelaide Multicultural Centre by storm when they present their first exhibition of drawings and paintings ‘Damascus – Thinking of You,’ launched by Adjunct Professor Andrew Hill AM, School of Art, Architecture and Design, UniSA. Join us at the AMRC on Saturday 4 August 2018 at 12pm for the launch. RSVP to keith@amrc.org.au

Drop by to see the sister’s artwork, which will be exhibited throughout August Mon-Fri, 9am-4.30pm at the AMRC.

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17 July 2018
Connecting Women Health Workshops

As part of its connecting women health workshops, the Northern Area Migrant Resource Centre (NAMRC) and SA Health delivered an information session on the importance of cervical screening, with over 45 women from a diversity of backgrounds learning about the benefits of early detection and prevention.

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16 July 2018
Connecting Settlement and Community Services (CSCS)

The second CSCS meeting was held at the Adelaide Multicultural Centre, with over 50 participants from community services and government sharing vital settlement and allied services information.

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13 July 2018
ASCSA’s Informative Session for International Students

The African Students Council of SA (ASCSA) is hosting an informative session for international students on Wednesday 25 July 2018 from 5pm-6.30pm at the Mezzanine, Adelaide University Hub.

The session will cover new immigration laws and policies, student services, and event and lifestyle experiences. To register, visit the link.

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11 July 2018
Chinatown Fire Benefit – Cocktail Fundraiser
AMRC Chair Judge Rauf Soulio and staff at Fundraiser for Chinatown Fire Benefit with Deputy Premier of SA, the Honourable Vickie Chapman; Assistant Minister to the Premier, the Honourable Jing Lee MLC; and Chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC), Mr Norman Schueler OAM.
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9 July 2018
Youth Parliament 2018

Photo: AMRC Youth Parliament team mentored by previous participant Taha Shabibi (photo courtesy of YMCA Youth Parliament South Australia). 

With Youth Parliament 2018 just around the corner, AMRC’s team is ready to present their ‘Affordable Electricity Bill’ at Parliament House. Stay tuned to AMRC’s Facebook channel and website to discover how our inspiring youth leaders went in presenting their Youth Bill in July.

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6 July 2018
Multicultural Welcome Day

It was a bright and colourful Multicultural Welcome Day at the Northern Area MRC with the Honourable Jing Lee MLC, Assistant Minister to the Premier and City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM.

To view more photos from the Multicultural Welcome Day, visit the Gallery section of the AMRC Website.

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5 July 2018
Building on Diversity
Picture: Bordertown MRC
As published in The Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Bordertown MRC and Tatiara District Council’s ‘Building on Our Diversity’ event, as part of Refugee Week 2018.

The Tatiara is getting behind the nation’s soon approaching annual Refugee Week.

Refugee Week brings issues affecting refugees to surface and celebrates the positive contributions refugees make to Australian society.

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5 July 2018
Tatiara District is Building on Cultural Diversity
Picture: The Border Chronicle
As published in The Border Chronicle.
Written by Louise Horobin.

Photo: Building on Diversity: Many members of the Tatiara community attended the ‘building on diversity’ event held at the MRC on Friday June 22.

Many members of the Tatiara community came together on Friday night for a ‘building on diversity’ event held at the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC).

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2 July 2018
Migrants face challenges of adapting to new and very different life in Australia
Picture: ABC South East SA: Glen Moret
As published in ABC South East SA.
Written by Glen Moret.

For Wah Ree Paw the simplest things were some of the hardest when she arrived in Australia.

“We had never actually got inside a car before, so we didn’t know how to wear or how to put on seatbelts,” she said.

On the flight to Australia she also found it tricky not knowing any English.

“They had food to eat on the plane but then you don’t know how to ask which food you want to eat”.

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2 July 2018
Jobs in Aged Care with the AMRC

We are employing part-time casual bilingual carers/personal assistants to care for aged and disability clients in their home.

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29 June 2018
Naracoorte Migrant Community Requests SAPOL Information Session

In a proactive move by members of the Naracoorte migrant community, SAPOL officers from Naracoorte, Mt Gambier and Adelaide met with 20 residents on Tuesday night 26th of June to expand understanding and knowledge of Australian law and the role of police officers in the community.

Dr Juma Abyui, SAPOL Community Liaison Officer, gave a presentation at the Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) based partly on his own experiences as a former refugee encountering Australian concepts of law and law enforcement.

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28 June 2018
Refugees Work Hard to Create New Life in Mount Gambier
Picture: The Border Watch
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Raquel Mustillo.

Photo: Program Support: Migrant success story and Noodle Sushi Bar owners Saw Khain and Saw Myo have backed a continuation of the Australian Refugee and Humanitarian Program.

The success of the Noodle Sushi Bar is a world away from owners’ Saw Myo and Saw Khain’s challenging arrival in Australia as Karen refugees.

The pair were in their mid-20s when they fled Burma (now Myanmar) to be granted refugee status in Malaysia.

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28 June 2018
Leaders Look to Migrants for Rural Growth
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Raquel Mustillo.

A new report highlighting locally led migration strategies to stem population decline and labour shortages has been welcomed by Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee.

The Regional Australia Institute, a think-tank devoted to issues concerning country areas, unveiled a new policy paper highlighting the opportunity for a new national policy around migration.

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28 June 2018
Migrant Families Share Culture
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Social Outing: Loujain and Ranim Alkaharabeh, Lily Coote with Judith Kakule and Shaste Kakule enjoy the food at Mount Gambier North Primary School’s Refugee week event.

Contributions recognised at South East Refugee Week celebration

Diverse contributions of refugees to the community were celebrated at Mount Gambier North Primary School last week.

Refugee Week celebrated the successful settlement of over 140 migrant families in Mount Gambier.

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28 June 2018
Australia Called Home
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Refugees celebrate new lives in lucky country

Mount Gambier’s refugee community and supporters celebrated the city’s settlement program and the new lives they have built in our peaceful region last week. Refugee Week celebrations were held at Mount Gambier North Primary School, where guests were greeted in various languages by children from Reception to Year 2 (pictured above).

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25 June 2018
Migrant Resource Centre Hosts Refugee Week Community Lunch
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in The Naracoorte Herald.
Written by Amy Maynard.

Photo: What Makes Our Community Great: Sarah McWaters from Teys Australia, Sandy Talbot from the NLBTA, Hafeezullah Haidari of Pearl Indian Cuisine, Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, MRC Coordinator Jenny Stirling, and Mayor Erika Vickery.

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25 June 2018
Launch of World Refugee Day 2018

Thank you to all participating organisations in South Australia for a reflective, educational and celebratory Refugee Week.

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25 June 2018
Business Dream Realised
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Life-changing: Karen refugee Klo Moo has made Mount Gambier his new home and is contributing to the community, becoming one of our city’s many small business operators.

After spending more than 20 years of his life in a Thai refugee camp, Karen refugee Klo Moo has built a new life in Mount Gambier.

Mr Moo was born in the refugee camp after his parents fled persecution in Myanmar (formerly Burma) over 30 years ago.

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25 June 2018
Refugees Celebrated
Picture: Katie Jackson
As published in The Border Watch.
Written by Katie Jackson.

Photo: Artistic Flair: Mount Gambier Migrant Resource Centre volunteer Lorna Gilmore and Moo Too have been creating items which will be showcased tomorrow night as part of a celebration of refugee settlement in the region.

South East participates in nationwide annual event

Australia’s Refugee Week celebrations began on Sunday, marking 20 years since becoming a nationwide annual event.

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22 June 2018
Real Estate Traineeships

Three traineeships available with a multilingual real estate company in the Central Business District (CBD).

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22 June 2018
Women’s Welcome in Bordertown

An exciting and warm welcoming for new arrival women in Bordertown in celebration of SA Refugee Week 2018.

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20 June 2018
Naracoorte is my home now
Picture: The Naracoorte Herald
As published in Brand South Australia.
Written by Melissa Keogh.

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