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Volunteer of the Month – July

Name Natalie Quinn Volunteer Role Caseworker Length of time in position Three months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… It gives me the ability to be able to help others and enables me to be able to learn and build my skill set If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… For people to be free and to live in Truth I really admire… People who overcome the giants in their life If I could have a superpower it would be… To be in two places at once At the moment, my favourite song… Walking her home My favourite ...

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Blacktown filmmaker John K-ay seeks to tell migrant success stories

Article by: Harrison Vesey | BLacktown Sun From a childhood spent in a refugee camp to red carpet premieres, John K-ay’s life is a rags to riches tale to rival any blockbuster. The Blacktown filmmaker, born John Ndaishimiye, is less interested in his own story though than he is in creating new ones. Mr K-ay was just three years old when civil war forced him to flee Burundi for a refugee camp in Tanzania. He spent the next 11 years of his life there before his family successfully applied to resettle in Australia. “In the refugee camp we couldn’t ...

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MECA brings migrant student mentor program to Chifley College, Mount Druitt

Article by: Isabell Petrinic | Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard Navigating your teenage years can be hard for any student, let alone one carrying the weight of getting to grips with a new country. Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) wants to help. It has enlisted mentors to work with 10 students at Chifley College, Mount Druitt, who recently arrived in Australia. Some are trying to overcome traumatic pasts, but their mentors are hoping to help them seize the opportunities their new home offers. Starting this term, mentors will meet with mentees in the ...

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School student named this year’s Chifley Young Woman of the Year

THE generous nature of Woodcroft schoolgirl Lauren Barrientos has been recognised at the 2017 Coral McClean Awards breakfast, which celebrates the women who do so much to build up and help others in the community. Lauren has spent the past eight months volunteering one day a week as a homework tutor at Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA).

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Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency celebrates 200th volunteer

MOUNT Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) has celebrated the recruitment of its 200th volunteer. A refugee resettlement organisation, MECA provides various training programs for new arrivals and has set up work experience pathways for tertiary students in the Mount Druitt area. Manager Amy Hope said MECA volunteers gain valuable experience in an Australian workplace.

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Director John K-ay wants to show everyone that nothing is impossible

In 2012, actor and director John K-ay released a film called ‘Nothing is Impossible.’ As well as being the tile for one of his films, it is also the message he has for all the young people out there. “I want to show everybody that if you want to do something, you can do it,” he said.

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Marianna Guirguis recognised for breaking language barriers

MARIANNA  Guirguis knows only too well what challenges new migrants with limited English face getting through school. Arriving in Mt Druitt from Egypt when she was 15 years old, she remembers how frustrating it was writing assignments at university two years later while still struggling with the language.

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Heart set on arts space for young people in Sydney’s west

AN ACCESSIBLE art space for young people at Mt Druitt is high on the wish list of a multicultural organisation.

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Volunteer of the Month – June

Name Vivian Lai Volunteer Role Homework Tutor Length of time in position 4 months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… my interactions with the children, staff and parents are always eye-opening and fun!. If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… a world without corruption. I really admire… passionate people. If I could have a superpower it would be… time control. At the moment, my favourite song… Z.WOODS - Love Saved My favourite food is… tofu. I am really looking forward to… going to Korea ...

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Volunteer of the Month – May

Name Annette Mylrea Volunteer Role English language teacher Length of time in position few months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… of the cross cultural interaction. If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… better quality world leaders. I really admire… thoughtful kindness If I could have a superpower it would be… social justice At the moment, my favourite song… anything by Schumann My favourite food is… fresh fruit I am really looking forward to… laughing with my students As a MECA ...

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