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SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis will amplify her community impact in 2020 through a series of new board appointments

  Violet at a speaking event

Ms Roumeliotis is a staunch advocate of diversity and inclusion.

Ms Roumeliotis has joined the boards of the Australian Council of Social Services, Family Planning NSW, and the Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council.

She brings expertise gained over 40 years working in the not-for-profit and community sector, along with a personal understanding of the strengths and unique challenges of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

As the daughter of Greek migrants, Ms Roumeliotis began her career in voluntary roles within her own community and has always brought a lens of diversity to her work, recognising the many forms of discrimination based on age, race, language, religion or socio economic status.

This focus started early in her career supporting the NSW Rape Crisis Centre and a NSW Housing collective, and continued during her extensive work in the criminal justice system and multicultural services.

Ms Romeliotis is a particularly passionate advocate for affordable, client-centred services and in-language support where required.

“What is clear from my work is that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face additional challenges and gaps in support that increase their vulnerability. But they also have many unique strengths and contributions to make – provided they receive appropriate support,” she said.

“I am committed to ensuring no-one falls through the gaps because of something outside their control like their cultural or linguistic background.”

Read more about Ms Roumeliotis and the rest of SSI’s leadership team here.

Success stories

SSI Volunteer Spotlight: Sue Vile

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenSue Vile was among the first to be inducted into the SSI’s Armidale volunteer program, bringing with her a wealth of experience and existing training gathered from her time in aid work, in Australia and abroad.

A retired school teacher and nurse, Sue has dedicated an enormous amount of her time in recent years on the front line of humanitarian services, helping refugees at many stages of their journey to safety.

 

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