Marianna Guirguis recognised for breaking language barriers

Isabell Petrinic, Mt Druitt-St Marys Standard | March 17, 2017 12:00am

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.

“As a school student, it’s a bit hard to get introduced to a new country and a new language,” Ms Guirguis said.

So it was only natural she would want to share her experiences with other new arrivals, which she has done for two years as a volunteer client services officer at the Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency.

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Image: Western Sydney University’s Woman of the West (Community) nominee Marianna Guirguis.

Picture: Justin Sanson