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.
Reginald da Lapa-Soares
After 30 excellent years of serving CALD frail older people in the St George region, we are happy to introduce our 4th bus which arrived today. We provide both centre based programs and outings and ensure that our program meets cultural, linguistic and spiritual needs or our clients. Currently, we service approximately 400 CALD client per week – Arabic, Muslim Women’s Group, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) Greek, Italian, Macedonian, Maltese, Spanish, German and Egyptian.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new system for delivering support to people with disability aged birth to 64 years old.
The scheme has been in trial for the past few years and will be fully implemented in the Sydney Inner West and South East areas in July 2017.
In this introductory workshop you will:
– Learn the basic about the NDIS;
– Understand the eligibility entry;
– Learn how the NDIS works.
Childcare not available on this occasion.
Please do not bring your child/children.
Please note that this workshop is offered several times during 2017.
Dates for 2017:
– Saturday 4th February: Session facilitated in ENGLISH
– Saturday 11th February: Session facilitated in MANDARIN
– Tuesday 7th March: Session facilitated in ENGLISH
– Tuesday 4th April: Session facilitated in ENGLISH
– Saturday 6th May: Session facilitated in ARABIC
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.
552 Princes Highway
Rockdale NSW 2216
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
TEL: (02) 9597 5455
FAX: (02) 9567 3326
PO Box 381
Rockdale NSW 2216
By Train: catch the train to Rockdale station. From here our office is an easy 5 minute walk