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Below: Ballarat's Multicultural Ambassadors for 2009 -- 2011.
Council has appointed its Multicultural Ambassadors for 2009 -- 2011.
The nominations were called for between May and July. Council received 25
applications. During July interviews were held with the shortlisted
applicants. A panel consisting of Council staff and State Government
departments had the challenging task of selecting the ambassadors.
The Multicultural Ambassadors come from five continents, and include a
mother and daughter, which provides a unique intergenerational focus. The
• Kwami Dodzi Mawutowu Assimadi -- Togo
• John Bradshaw -- United Kingdom
• Karin Frank -- South Africa
• Linel Frank -- South Africa
• Mona Hatwal -- India
• Koang Pan Jock - Sudan
• Catherine Porter - Philippines
• Mehrdad Razmjoo -- Iran
• Fleur D'Souza -- India
• Charles Zhang -- China
This is Council's second group of Multicultural Ambassadors. The program
was initially established as an outcome of the 2005 Migrant Attraction and
Retention Strategy. The 2006 -- 2008 program was evaluated last year,
enabling the new program to incorporate key recommendations from the
The objectives of the Multicultural Ambassador Program 2009-2011 are to:
• enhance community awareness and foster inclusion for existing
and new migrants in Ballarat;
• support leadership within the migrant community and to recognise the
commitment and contribution made by migrants to the Ballarat
• advocate for and promote the benefits of cultural diversity through
learning and celebration; and
• work with Council in implementing its Cultural Diversity Strategy.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY STRATEGY
Council will launch its Cultural Diversity Strategy next month.
Future projections indicate that Ballarat's population will become more
multicultural and as a result there is a need to better recognise, value and
respect culturally and linguistically diverse community members.
In 2006, 7.9 per cent of Ballarat residents were born overseas and 7.4 per
cent were from non-English speaking backgrounds. The main countries of
birth were the United Kingdom, Netherlands, New Zealand, India, Germany
China, Italy, United States of America, Philippines and Croatia.
Between July 2003 and June 2008, 744 new migrants arrived in Ballarat.
They came from 69 countries including India, Britain, China and Sudan.
Council has an important role to play in promoting wellbeing and in
providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of their cultural, linguistic
or religious backgrounds.
The Strategy will outline a plan of action for the next five years that Council,
together with the community and other stakeholders will implement. It is
built on the following priority areas:
• responsive service delivery;
• leadership and advocacy;
• celebrating and valuing diversity; and
• sustaining the intercultural city.
As part of the development of the strategy consultation sessions were held
with key stakeholders and cultural and linguistically diverse communities.
Council and other organisations are about to demonstrate their support for
Ballarat's culturally and linguistically diverse communities by signing the
Victorian Multicultural Commission's Community Accord.
The principles of the Accord include:
• respect all ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic communities;
• seek opportunities to work together to re-affirm our similarities as
human beings and the fundamental principles which unite us
• advocate for the elimination of racial and religious intolerance; and
• reject all forms of racial and religious vilification, violence, harassment
and unlawful discrimination.
The Community Accord, Multicultural Ambassadors and Cultural Diversity
Strategy and will be launched on Monday 16 November at the Robert Clark
Conservatory, Ballarat Botanical Gardens to coincide with International Day
for Tolerance. For further information about these initiatives contact
Council's Multicultural Development Officer Frances Salenga on 5320 5180.
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