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Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) Annual meeting held in Sydney

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA)’s annual meeting held on 7 December 2022 at Granville in Sydney’s West.

The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW Inc.(MDAA) is a peak body in New South Wales providing advocacy for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) and non-English speaking (NES) backgrounds with disability, their families and carers.
Since 1995, MDAA has been advocating for the rights of people with disability from CALD/NES backgrounds, their families and carers for better outcomes and improved access to services, opportunities and participation in the disability sector.

The annual general meeting opened by the chairperson Ms. Robina Yasmin followed by Ms. Nidhi’s welcome to country.  Executive Director Ms. Susan Laguna welcomed the members of MDAA and guests.

The chairperson, Ms. Yasmin highlighted in her opening speech that the financial year has been a fulfilling and challenging one for MDAA, she thanked her team members, Governance Committee and staff for ongoing support.  She continued that MDAA has yet again proven to be a resilient organization especially during the height of Covid.

Ms. Yasmin emphasized that MDAA has expanded its advocacy very well with tremendous success of recognition by the funders from state and commonwealth government departments.

During her speech, Executive Director Ms. Laguna acknowledged that even though the year 2021 was difficult but there were some considerable and meaningful win for MDAA.  She also highlighted some of the achievement that MDAA provided, learning and training opportunities to the Governance Committee staff and consumers and able to work collaboratively with important networks in the community.

The finance report was presented by Ms. Norma Denicolaywhile Ms. Sarah Butler and Mr. Quang Nguyen were present.  The University of Notre Dame Prof. Dr. Louise St. Guillaume spoke as returning officer about the election of Governance Committee.

The NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner, Mr. Robert Fitzgerald was the guest speaker who broadly explained the journey of people with disability in general, particularly during the pandemic and recent bushfire and flood in NSW and Victoria.  He highlighted the importance of awareness in the community about people with disability and work of MDAA.

Volunteers and staff of MDAA received recognition, Rosie Tea and Aruni received staff of the year award from Mr. Robert Fitzgerald

The Masters Of Ceremonies were Mr. Arnold Agda and Ms. Dee Dee. The Policy Committee Staff Ms. Sera Yilmaz and her team co-ordinated the event.  There were various stage performancesby different groups and individuals showcased the multiculturalism along with delicious multicultural lunch served to the members and guests.

 

Written by Hanif Bismi

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