His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley, honoured us with their presence at the AMCS office last Thursday, October 12, 2023. Their visit was dedicated to extending their support to AMCS’ Multicultural Leadership Course, led by AMCS CEO Elizabeth Drozd OAM.
Celebrating Community Contributions
The Multicultural Leadership Course is an initiative aimed at recognising the invaluable contributions of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals to their communities, with a special focus on nominating them for the prestigious Order of Australia awards. During their visit, His Excellency emphasised the paramount importance of acknowledging community leaders’ positive contributions. He underlined the significance of these awards and extended his heartfelt congratulations to AMCS on its 40th Anniversary.
His Excellency stated, “The Order must represent us – who we are today and who we aspire to be. I want to ensure our honours system reflects modern Australia in all its diversity.”
Art Against Ageism: A Showcase of Diversity
Their Excellencies also had the pleasure of exploring the artistic talents of the community. They enjoyed a vibrant showcase of the finalist artworks from AMCS’ “Art Against Ageism” competition. This competition not only challenges negative stereotypes of ageing but also featured artists from all age groups, cultural backgrounds, and skillsets.
A United Front of Community Leaders
We extend our gratitude to Their Excellencies for their unwavering support and recognition of AMCS’s efforts. The event was made even more special by the participation of community leaders and course students from a wide range of backgrounds, including Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Albanian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Turkish, Macedonian, Polish, Sri Lankan, Filipino, Indian, Spanish/Latin American, and Chinese communities, all joining us to celebrate the occasion.