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March 21, 2013                         

Settlement Services International (SSI) celebrated Harmony Day 2013 with around 200 of its clients and guests, including local Gladesville police officers, who gathered for a barbecue and live music at Ryde today.

SSI is a not-for-profit, state-wide representative body for 11 Migrant Resource Centres and Multicultural Services which provides resettlement, case management and accommodation services to asylum seekers, refugees and humanitarian entrants.

Introducing themselves to the newly arrived Hazara, Iraqi, Iranian and Tamil clients were Acting Superintendent Scott Davis and Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Shane Carne from Gladesville Local Area Command and a number of their colleagues. Superintendent Davis said he wanted everyone to feel like they belonged and that he wanted to see clients taking part in their new communities. The officers were among a number of guests invited by SSI staff and volunteers.

The gathering was also addressed by former SSI refugee clients who offered words of support for the new arrivals, and who commended the assistance they had received from SSI and Ryde/Epping Hub, as well as the benefits of learning English as a Second Language at Meadowbank TAFE.

Live music featured prominently at the Harmony Day event, including instrumental pieces by a number of guests.


SSI Media Contact:
Angela Calabrese, Marketing & Communications Manager, 0401 284 828

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