By Constitution the Board consists of 12 Directors – 6 office bearers and 6 ordinary members; each of whom is to be elected at the Annual General Meeting.
The Office Bearers of the Board 2016 are:
Litsa Nossar (Chairperson)
Litsa possesses a Diploma in Community Welfare. She has a strong knowledge of the community sector and has been involved in community work for over 30 years. Currently works as settlement grant worker with Metro MRC. Litsa has sat on a number of boards as well as representing CALD communities and issues with both ethnic peak bodies e.g. Ethnic Communities’ Council of NSW and mainstream organisations and groups e.g. NSW Children’s Forum. She has worked for Federal and State Governments as well as NGOs.
Ruth Fyfe (Vice Chairperson)
This year is her 10th year on the Advance Diversity Services Board; Ruth has extensive working experience with new arrivals in St George and Sutherland areas, as a manager with the AMEP at a local college. As a manager Ruth was also responsible for staff and financial management. Ruth holds a Graduate Diploma in Adult Education (TESOL).
Khalil Haragli (Secretary)
Khalil has over 30 years’ experience in community work and 20 years in management at Advance Diversity Services and St George Joint Lebanese Committee. He worked as the Multicultural Health Officer at the South East Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service. He is one of the Foundation Member of the Migrant Resource Centre and he has been on the Board of Advance Diversity Services since 1981.
Marites Bairstow (Vice Secretary)
Her working background has been in corporate sales and marketing roles in the information technology (IT) industry for some 20+ years. She recently left corporate to establish a training organisation with her husband, delivering professional development courses in marketing and cross cultural training workshops. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Counselling and has engaged in various church and community activities over the years. Her skills are in the area of business development and marketing; and she has a sincere commitment and desire to be of service to our multicultural community.
Chura Belbase (Treasurer)
Chura has been working as a President of St George and Sutherland Nepalese Community Inc. He has served as a Treasurer of Non-Resident Nepalese Association, an umbrella organisation of Nepalese living in Australia. By profession, he is a public practice accountant, CPA and a registered tax agent. He believes he can utilise his qualifications and community work experience to contribute for the betterment of Advance Diversity Services.
Branislav Musovski (Vice Treasurer)
Branislav has a long history as a volunteer. He has over 35 years’ experience with various management. He completed TAFE courses in welfare, public consulting, ethics and social welfare. He is the Management Committee member of Macedonian Australian Welfare Association. He has been awarded for his achievement by the Community Relations Commission. Branislav also has lots of experience and skills in the finance field.
Currently Board Member of Advance Diversity Services for 15 years, Sergio is an Honorary Ambassador of the City of Rockdale since 2002. He has contributed in the welfare of the Spanish speaking community for many years. He received the Rockdale City Council Citizen of the Year Award in 2009. He completed Certificate III in Welfare at Sydney TAFE, St George College. He is also a NSW Government authorised interview panel member.
Mikall is an active community based volunteer with diverse interests including welfare groups, church and environmental programs. He has many years of experience engaging with various CALD communities.
Board Member since 2009, an Australian of Egyptian origin speaking English, Arabic, Russian and French. Professor of Environmental Sciences and Socio Economic Sciences. Rifaat has organised, presented and supervised training scholarships and conferences in Egypt, Iraq, Russian, England, Yemen, etc. on environment issues. He is involved in many activities in the Arabic/Egyptian community and was previously Chief Technical Advisor for the UN in all Middle East. He is a Justice of Peace. He has lived in the St George area for over 30 years where he is involved in multiculturalism and social justice helping new arrivals and young people from the Egyptian and Arabic community.
Rosaline holds a BA of Arts and a Master in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management. She has a strong involvement with community work particularly with the South Pacific Islander communities. Currently, she is working as a Human Resource Manager for a large non-Government organization.
Vera has been on the Advance Diversity Services Board for 7 years. She has worked in the area of Multicultural Education with Sydney TAFE for over 20 years, starting with the state-wide Multicultural Education Unit. She was on the Liverpool MRC Management Committee for 6 years. She holds a BA in Economics, a Graduate Dip in Education and a Graduate Dip in Adult Education.
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The event brings the community together and welcomes newly arrived migrants by providing useful information to assist with their settlement in Australia, as well as showcasing the rich diversity of the community through cultural performances. There will also be a special cultural stall featuring sale of cultural items with free henna art under ADS’s Cultural Hub, a social enterprise initiative to support migrants and refugees to be financially sustainable.
The annual St George Migrant Information Day returns with the theme “Connecting Communities” on Thursday 27th October at Rockdale Town Hall from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The free event will celebrate the cultural diversity of the St George area and provide important information about government and non-government services to newly arrived migrants in the region.
“I am more than proud and humbled to participate in this highly significant White Ribbon Night program. As a White Ribbon Male Advocate, I believe that we have more serious responsibility to contribute to the overall success and good will of the campaign”
– Raju Manandhar, White Ribbon Male Advocate
Raju Manandhar is one of the eight newly graduated White Ribbon Male Advocates in the St George and Sutherland region from Nepalese, Bangladeshi and Chinese backgrounds who became community role models to champion the prevention of violence against women at our White Ribbon Night on Thursday 28 July 2016 at St John’s Anglican Church, Rockdale.
With the objective of changing attitudes for women to live a life free of violence, increasing knowledge on supportive community and legal systems and a better appreciation of respectful family relationships, ADS conducted various information sessions for women and men including the recruitment of these White Ribbon Male Advocates and the development of a Domestic Violence Male Advocates Tool.
White Ribbon Night is an annual event on the last Friday of July to raise awareness and funds to support an end to men’s violence against women. On this night, Australians are encouraged to have a Night in to Get the Word Out about the seriousness of violence against women and its prevention. More than 100 people participated in the White Ribbon Night event and Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador & Advocates Program of White Ribbon Australia presented Certificates to the White Ribbon Male Advocates and led the White Ribbon Oath with the audience.
This event marked a new beginning for the White Ribbon Male Advocates in St George and Sutherland as they committed to respectful family relationships and to make a difference in their communities by encouraging them to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women.
ADS’s Settlement Services Program has a strong focus on family relationships for newly arrived migrants and refugees in the region and supports White Ribbon Australia in its community campaign to Say NO to Violence.
Left to Right: Nepalese community male advocates (Churamani Belbase, Raju Manandhar and Bulson Lamgade); Bangladeshi community male advocate (Abul Kalam Azad); Chinese community male advocate (Zhengfeng Ren); White Ribbon Australia (Peterson Opio, Executive for Ambassador and Advocates); Chinese community male advocates (Zhengfeng Ren, Binglong Duan, Zhengzhe Chen, and Aihua Ji – representing Guoming Xia); White Ribbon Australia (Sunila Kotwal, Diversity and Inclusion Manager); and Advance Diversity Services (Litsa Nossar, Chairperson).
Men’s Health Week encourages communities across Australia to reach out to men, boys and their families to promote health and wellbeing through engaging activities, events and promotions.
These locally tailored events create the right setting for conversations about the elements that make us healthy – that’s why our 2016 theme HEALTH ELEMENTS is about encouraging communities to start those conversations about the elements of life that build health and life’s purpose.
This year for Men’s Health Week, Advance Diversity Services is offering an Anger Management Workshop, where you will gain a better understanding of:
To register online for the workshop – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/anger-management-workshop-tickets-25987999807?aff=es2
For more information, contact Rishi on 9597 5455 or [email protected]
“Everyone has the right to feel safe, regardless of who they are and Islam teaches people how to respect each other”……This quote by Imam Mufti, Dr Asad Ali Bokhari Shah from Sydney South Welfare Centre has left a lasting impression for the 35 Bangladeshi Muslim families who attended the Sunnah of a Happy Family Workshop on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Red Rose Function Centre in Rockdale. Advance Diversity Services (ADS) and Sydney South Welfare Centre organised this workshop with the support of ADS’s Bangladeshi Reference Group. (more…)
This session is lead by ADS and facilitated by Sydney Trains, helps participants to understand safe train travel by providing information on safe utilisation of public transport and the expected standards of behaviour. It also aims to educate the community about safety issues that affect them while travelling on public transport, specifically trains.
More than 160 youth and their families from Nepalese, Arabic, Bengali and Chinese backgrounds attended a Fishing, Swimming and Boating Safety Workshop on Saturday 16 April at Cook Park, Ramsgate Beach to celebrate National Youth Week 2016.
The workshop, organised by Advance Diversity Services (ADS) was a valuable opportunity for migrant youth and their families across St George to Sutherland to come together and address the common goal of reducing drowning deaths and related injuries.
Water-based sport and recreation activities are an important part of Australian culture and all visitors to Australian shores should be able to participate in water activities safely and enjoy the benefits that come from this involvement.
To date, the ongoing work in drowning prevention reflects the hard work and investment from all parties involved, including Rockdale City Council, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries NSW), Recreational Fishing Alliance NSW, Surf Life Saving NSW Roads and Maritime Services and Marine Rescue NSW.
Families were given an opportunity to participate in rock fishing, safe boating and other water safety activities with professional guides.
While launching the workshop, Antoinette Chow, CEO of Advance Diversity Services said, “By doing these workshops Advance Diversity Services took another positive step in supporting the reduction of drowning deaths, educate families how to stay safe and share information on responsible fishing in the sea while enjoying the Australia’s beautiful beaches and water activities.
One of the workshop participants said, “My kids and I enjoyed the workshops a lot, especially the marine safety and fishing one. The hands on experience it gave us was good.”
For more information contact Advance Diversity Services on 9597 5455.
By Train: catch the train to Rockdale station. From here our office is an easy 5 minute walk