Settlement Services International (SSI) is proud to sponsor the 2016 Premier’s Harmony Dinner, and support the celebration of cultural diversity in NSW.
SSI is a community-based, not-for-profit humanitarian organisation providing a range of services in the areas of humanitarian settlement, accommodation, asylum seeker assistance, multicultural foster care, disability support and employment services in NSW.
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said: “SSI values its ongoing partnership with Multicultural NSW and is a proud sponsor of the Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards, the Annual Multicultural March — including the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner — and the Annual NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.”
“The Multicultural March program aligns with SSI’s vision to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families reach their potential.”
Multicultural NSW CEO Hakan Harman said our diverse communities play an important role in building a stronger and more socially cohesive and harmonious multicultural New South Wales.
“Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest assets and I am pleased to see Settlement Services International support the Premier’s Harmony Dinner.”
SSI is the state-wide umbrella organisation for 11 Migrants Resource Centres and Multicultural Services across NSW, and its staff is locally based in these centres so that they can work directly with the community to deliver SSI programs.
Since it was established in 2000, SSI has provided support to new arrivals in NSW assisting them in reaching their full potential as members of their local and wider community. This mission has continued and expanded, with programs that support and promote cultural diversity and inclusion, such as SSI Foster Care, Ability Links NSW, and helping to secure housing for refugees, asylum seekers and people at risk of homelessness through our Housing Services program.
Through its Community Engagement program, SSI organises several events each year to celebrate culturally and locally significant events. During the month of March, SSI will be holding special celebrations for International Women’s Day on March 9 and for Nowruz — the Iranian New Year — on March 23, as well as a fundraising event with the screening of the award-winning Tamil movie The Crows Egg at Event Cinemas in Parramatta on March 7.
Throughout 2015, SSI celebrated special cultural events such as Deepavali, Tamil New Year and Eid Mubarak, where 250 members of the Muslim and broader community celebrated the end of Ramadan.
SSI’s Harmony Day celebration on March 23 will feature cultural performances, live music and lunch shared with SSI clients, staff and members of the community, who will celebrate together the cultural and ethnic diversity that makes up contemporary Australia.
SSI Executive Manager Corporate Communications Angela Calabrese, 0401 284 828
SSI Communications Coordinator Rekha Sanghi 0422 304 578