2021 Salvos Multicultural Campaign Accolades

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House of Welcome

The Salvos Diversity & Inclusion

Winner

The House of Welcome Catering is a social enterprise that uses the power of food to connect communities and to empower people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds to participate in employment opportunities and pathways.

House of Welcome Catering provides cultural and fusion-inspired cuisine that delivers transformative opportunities through the preparation of food, sharing of traditional culinary flavours and the delivery of a professional and consistent product.

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Community Refugee Welcome Centre

The Salvos Welcome Project

Winner

The Community Refugee Welcome Centre is the only Welcome Centre for refugees of its kind in Sydney NSW, where newcomers have a safe and welcoming space to design and lead activities and projects with a special focus on community art projects and the wellbeing.

In response to the Federal Government announcement of the special intake of 12 000 Syrian refugees, a beautiful partnership between the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, Inner West Council and Settlement Services International (SSI) was established to welcome refugees in the Inner West LGA.  We wanted to have a safe and welcoming hub where people could come together regularly  and thus the establishment of the Community Refugee Welcome Centre (CRWC) in Callan Park, Lilyfield.

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Peter Htoo

The Salvos Unsung Local Hero

Winner

Peter first arrived in Sydney in the year 2000 as a teenage asylum seeker and at the time the Karen Community was deemed as a new and emerging community. As an ethnic minority group in Myanmar (Burma), the Karen people have faced sustained oppression and genocide for decades.  The Karen community in Sydney first settled in the 1990s,  after arriving as refugees from Burma, Thailand and Malaysia.

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Dr Olayide Ogunsiji

The Salvos Social Advocacy

Winner

Dr Olayide Ogunsiji’s substantial and significant advocacy work is undertaken among migrant and refugee women, providing them with equal opportunity for optimal health. An overview of this work centre around innovative delivery of health promotion materials; facilitating employment opportunities for newly arrived skilled migrants; raising awareness about the negative health outcomes of female genital mutilation (FGM); intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention through monthly couples’ fellowship; promoting healthy family relationship through short text messages on Wednesdays; raising awareness in African-Australian community about the importance of wearing mask during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.