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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Volunteer of the Month – April

Name Emma Smith Volunteer Role Homework Support Tutor Length of time in position 6 months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… Working with the students is honestly the best part of my week. There's a moment when it clicks for the student when they finally understand a concept and the happiness they feel is something I share knowing that I helped. If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… A world where no one is judged or hated for being themselves. I really admire… Emma Watson. She is an icon for feminism and a role ...

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Volunteer of the Month – March

Name Eid Yousef Volunteer Role Homework Support Tutor Length of time in position 2 months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… it gives the opportunity to communicate and share my knowledge with others. If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… Peace I really admire… the human brain. If I could have a superpower it would be… Flying At the moment, my favourite song… 'Bonfire Heart' James Blunt My favourite food is… Spaghetti I am really looking forward to… to becoming a doctor As a MECA ...

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Volunteer of the Month – February

Name Alicia Sohail Volunteer Role Homework Tutor Length of time in position 2 months I enjoy volunteering at MECA because… I love being able to help people in anyway I can :) If I could be granted one wish I would ask for… A world without any division. I really admire… My Mum because she is the strongest person I know. If I could have a superpower it would be… The power to heal pain At the moment, my favourite song… 'Godspeed' - Frank Ocean My favourite food is… Pizza! I am really looking forward to… ...

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