AGWS 42nd Annual General Meeting 2014

AGWS held its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at the Hellenic Museum. This years Guest Speaker was AGWS Patron, The Hon. Justice Emilios Kyrou.

Click here: Presentation by The Hon. Justice Emilios Kyrou at the 42nd Annual General Meeting

Other highlights of the AGM were the presentation of Awards including the following:

"Celestine Doufas Award for AGWS Volunteer of the Year" awarded to Helen Giannopoulos

"In Appreciation Award" to the Greek Media Group and the Stamoulis Family that was presented to Harry Stamoulis for a remarkable 20 Years of Service to the Greek community and for enabling AGWS to positively connect and communicate with the Australian Greek Community.

"In Appreciation Award" to Kathryn Kelly for her 10 Years of tireless work, dedication to heart health education and the AGWS Greek Cardiac Program

"In Recognition and Appreciation" to AGWS CEO Voula Messimeri AM for 25 Years of Service to and leadership of AGWS.

Free breast cancer information day for Greek-speaking women

Greek-speaking women from across Melbourne are invited to attend Breast Cancer Network Australia’s (BCNA) free Breast Cancer Information Day at The Greek Centre in Melbourne on Sunday 30 November 2014. All information will be presented in Greek.

The information day has been designed especially for women and families from Greek-speaking backgrounds. Around 100 women, and their partners, friends and supporters, from across Melbourne are expected to attend the event.

Health experts will provide the latest information in breast cancer care and address some of the common emotional, social and physical issues associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.

The event will also provide an opportunity to meet and share stories with other Greek-speaking women.

Professor John Boyages, head of Breast Oncology at the Macquarie Cancer Institute and one of Australia’s leading oncologists, is travelling from Sydney to speak at the forum. Greek-speaking social worker Voula Kallianis from St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne will also be speaking.

What:                   Free Breast Cancer Information Day for Greek Women

When:                  Sunday 30 November 12:00-4:00pm

Where:                The Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Register:              Register for free by calling the Australian Greek Welfare Society on 9388 9998.

BCNA is pleased to deliver this event in partnership with Sussan, Australian Greek Welfare Society and the Greek Community of Melbourne.

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The Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS) has completed a research study in recognition of the substantial increases in the number of people arriving from Greece and to a lesser extent from Cyprus since 2010. Greece has been in the grip of an unprecedented economic crisis for nearly 5 years. The consequences of this financial situation have impacted negatively on the health, quality of life as well as career and livelihood prospects of those living in Greece.

Commenting on the report, The Journey of New Greek Migrants to Australia: Opportunities and Challenges, to be launched today at the Immigration Museum by the Hon. Keven Andrews Minister for Social Services, Ms Messimeri AGWS CEO said  “that with jobs in Greece being scarce, many people are moving in search of work opportunities to other countries, including Australia.”

Migration is never easy. The report shows that difficulties arise across a range of areas during the pre-migration planning and preparation stage. It also shows that the challenges new Greek migrants face on arrival vary depending on the thoroughness of their pre-migration preparation, financial resources available; differences on visa stream; the presence of family, relatives or friends, the duration and quality of support they provide; awareness of, and access to, formal support services, and the capacity of those services to respond sensitively and effectively.

Of significance, stated Ms Messimeri, is the “composition of the profile of people arriving from Greece with nearly 60% being Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents of Greek descent returning to Australia after many years of residency in Greece and to a lesser extent in Cyprus. Just over 40 % are Greek Citizens.”

Ms Messimeri added “that the study reinforced that this group of people are mostly university educated, intellectually adept, articulate, confident and in search of opportunities to unleash their talent and drive to achieve. They present a unique human capital for Victoria’s Australian Greek community and the general Australian community, which if harnessed appropriately will bring significant benefits to Australia.”

In concluding Ms Messimeri stressed that “AGWS looks forward to working closely with the State and Federal governments, as well as the Australian Greek community, ensuring that the key recommendations made in this report are implemented in order to expedite the settlement of people newly arrived from Greece and Cyprus thus enabling them to become fully engaged members of the Australian community.”

CLICK TO ACCESS: The Journey of New Greek Migrants to Australia: Opportunities and Challenges










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