Celebrating volunteers and 2017

Our volunteers are passionate and committed people who make invaluable contributions to the work of MRC Tas. On the 5th of December an end of year event was held to thank MRC Tas volunteers, and to celebrate another successful year supporting people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The night started off with entertainment by Inspire performers DancingDivas and Pardhu, who bedazzled guests with their unique Indian Fusion style dance moves.

Elise Archer MP, MRC Tas Chair Helen Burnet, and MRC Tas CEO Alison O’Neill presented inspiring speeches acknowledging the great work by MRC Tas staff throughout the year, and also reflecting on the importance of volunteers in supporting MRC Tas services.

Helen Burnet said “there are so many things that volunteers do and they work so closely with the staff of the MRC who do such an amazing job. So I’m inspired and just feel that the work of a volunteer is just such an important part of our overall work. It is so much a part of our society and our communities and it makes them stronger as well. ”

Alison O’Neill thanked staff and volunteers, reflecting that “at the end of the day you are making a significant difference, you are making a difference to people’s lives, you are making a difference to the community and the work that you do is remembered from now and into the future. For that I can only say thank you very much.”

Inspire public speaker Mithun Bacheval shared his light-humoured stories of volunteering in Australia since migrating from India as an international student in 2013, such as learning aussie lingo ‘heeyyy mate, let’s put another one on the barbie.’ Mithun also pointed out that one of the great things about volunteering is that it’s okay to make mistakes and learn.

The speeches wrapped up with kind words from MRC Tas volunteer Cassandra Lamont, “It is a real privilege to volunteer with MRC Tas. They are an incredible place to volunteer with. The staff have been incredibly supportive to me while I’ve been here and the programs I’ve seen start up and run within the last 12 to 18 months have been really successful.”

Thank you to all who joined us to celebrate, including special VIP guests Lord Mayor Sue Hickey, Commissioner Sue Smith, Elise Archer MP, Barnaby Smith from DSS, MRC Tas Board Members and our wonderful volunteers.


Posted: 15/12/2017

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