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‘Make each small stone count’
Small Stone is under the auspices of the MDAA. We invited everyone in the community to be part of the event which brought together young people from diverse backgrounds, employers and supporters to explore opportunities for active participation within their community.
For 2016 National Youth Week, MDAA celebrated Small Stone’s young people’s diverse talents and their many achievements. The initiative is funded by Youth Opportunities Program of the Department of Education. The celebration was hosted by MDAA in conjunction with Parramatta City Council and was held at Parramatta Town Hall. We thank the officials who attended the event, and spoke about the importance of youth initiatives in Western Sydney.
Hon John Ajaka Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism as well as the Minister responsible for youth affairs opened the event and spoke about the potential for all young people from culturally and linguistically diverse background with disability to contribute and participate in society. Hon Julie Finn, Member for Granville presented on youth initiatives in the Granville community.
Hon Sophie Cotsis, Shadow Minister for Women, Shadow Minister for Disability Services, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism spoke about her plans to increase participation of young people from CALD backgound with disability. Dr Geoff Lee MP Member for Parramatta presented on the youth initiatives in the Parramatta region.
There were also speakers:
Stephen Booth – Principal of Coleman Greig’s Employment Law Team, Gerard Hayes – Business Development Officer – Northcott Employment, Thomas Kuzma – Blogger Austism Spectrum Association (ASPECT) with a video presentation from NDCO.
The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association held our Annual General Meeting(AGM) and proudly celebrated our 20 year anniversary on Wednesday 4 November 2015 at St Marks hall in Granville.
Guest speakers included, The Honourable Dr Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta, Ms Julia Finn MP, Member for Granville, Uncle Greg, Welcome to Country and Mr Chris Opert, NDIA.
MDAA launched its Strategic Directions 2015-2018 with the help of Dr Geoff Lee who also presented tokens of appeciation and recognition to: MDAA Governance Committee members, previous staff members, current longstanding staff members and MDAA volunteers.
To commemorate this aupicious occasion a booklet was developed documenting MDAA’s 20 year history. To read more : MDAA’s 20 Year Booklet