Other highlights of the AGM were the presentation of Awards including the following:
"Celestine Doufas Award for AGWS Volunteer of the Year" awarded to Vasilis Apostolopoulos
"In Recognition Award" to the Rena Frangioudaki for her invaluable support of AGWS in reaching out to the Greek community, over the last 4 decades.
"In Appreciation Award" to Anthoula Paraskeva for her long standing and successful Easter Appeal fundraising efforts supporting the work of AGWS with disadvantaged families.
AGWS Launches Program to Support Newly Arrived Greek Migrants
Australian Greek Welfare Society has launched a new program for the support of newly arrived Greeks which is funded by the State government for the next four years. The government of Victoria has committed to $90,000 per year for service provision towards this vulnerable group.
The Minister for Finance & Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Robin Scott, launched the program. The Minister reconfirmed the pre-election promise to fund AGWS to provide services specifically for the newly-arrived Greeks affected by the financial crisis, helping them settle in Victoria.
The newly arrived Greeks are a group that AGWS aims to embrace and support by assisting them with their settlement needs. This funding will make this possible.
AGWS undertook research recently to document the needs of this group, identify gaps in service provision and barriers to accessing services and in response this program will appropriately address these needs and issues. Our aim is to support people through the settlement process in order to establish themselves and flourish in this country.