Last Friday June 25, we launched our Cultural Diversity Framework 2021-2024
– a document that aligns with our strategic pillars and captures our organisational commitment to creating and supporting diverse and inclusive communities over the next four years.
Held in the multifunction room, the event coincided with Refugee Week
and was themed ‘With Open Hearts and Open Minds’, which not only complimented the essence of this framework, but also served as a great platform to celebrate the positive contributions refugees have and continue to make in our society.
Our Director of Education, Employment and Training services Ben Oxford emceed the event, bringing together a crowd of over 40 colleagues from all our sites, including members of the Executive team, students, and volunteers. This was also streamed to 15 of our colleagues who tuned in virtually.
Special guest and keynote speaker, The Hon. Ayor Makur Chuot MLC
shared her experiences as the first West Australian Member of Parliament (MP) of African and South Sudanese descent, the cultural challenges she overcame when transitioning into Australia and her thoughts on how we can best support other refugees who are now following in her footsteps. Ayor also spoke about the difference she hopes to make in her community and the state, and how her new position will inspire others from similar background to feel empowered too.
Following presentations, attendees were treated to a special morning tea featuring delicious nibbles from all around the world, including chicken satay, curry puffs, spring rolls and churros. Many had the chance to mingle and personally speak with Ayor.
In line with this year’s theme for Refugee Week #UnityTheWayForward, the launch provided an important reminder as to what can be done when we work together to create cross cultural awareness and respect between different communities. It showed how successful integration strengthens our society and how we must do more to enable those who flee instability and persecution to live a safer, happier, and more prosperous life.
This was a proud moment to refine our commitment to diversity and celebrate the people from all walks of life who make up our staff force too.
Thank you to everyone who attended!
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