Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The launch of the Diversitat Hub

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Yesterday hundreds of people gathered at the site in North Geelong where once new migrants stayed in Nissun huts. Peceli and I went to the opening of the Hub which will be the focus for welcoming and training migrants and refugees to Geelong. A politician Simon Creen did the honours with a fine speech, a jazz band played - (students of one of Diversitat's music courses at the Pulse community radio station), and we were given a delicious lunch of barbecue and a variety of ethnic foods. We've been involved in the Geelong Migrant Resource Centre/now called Diversitat for many years and there are now 47 ethnic groups affiliated with this organisation which promotes multiculturalism in Australia. One of the photos shows the dignitories at the event: Pictured above at the Community Hub opening, from left to right: Mr Michael Martinez, CEO Diversitat, Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for Corangamite, Mr Chin Tan, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Dr Linda Sydor Petkovic, former Victorian Multicultural Commission, John Mitchell, Mayor, City of Greater Geelong, Simon Crean, Commonwealth Minister for Regional Australian Development and Local Government, John Eren MP, Member for Lara, Bridgette Carey, Project/Sponsorship Manager, Diversitat.

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