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Celebrations as an SSI client was ‘Highly Commended’ was a highlight for a group of SSI staff and clients who attended the 2015 Zest Awards at ANZ Stadium on February 19.

SSI was nominated in two categories for two Community Engagement initiatives, Community Kitchen and Playtime.

SSI staff, volunteers and clients at the ZEST Awards.
SSI staff, volunteers and clients at the ZEST Awards.

The Zest Awards celebrate and promote the great things being done by community service sector organisations and volunteers in Western Sydney.

“We were so proud to be part of a ceremony that brought to life some of western Sydney’s most inspiring stories and recognised some of the community’s unsung heroes, even though SSI didn’t take home any of the awards on the night, ” SSI Community Engagement and Capacity Manager Trina Soulos said.

Ms Soulos and other SSI staff joined a number of clients who are invaluable members of the Community Kitchen team, including asylum seeker Jawad, who sets up, cooks and cleans at the lunch event every single fortnight.

“I liked everything about that night,” said Jawad. “I was there with my friends. We went up on the stage to receive SSI’s certificate. The Premier was there, the mayor was there. Wow, it was so great to be there.”

SSI asylum seeker client Essa Khan was also shortlisted for an award, and took home a ‘Highly Commended’ award for his outstanding work coaching a soccer team comprised mostly of asylum seekers and refugees to grand final victory in 2014.

SSI would like to congratulate all the outstanding 2015 winners who are making Western Sydney a vibrant, thriving, harmonious community.

 

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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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