MULTICULTURAL AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
For more than a century, The Salvation Army have been at the forefront of Australia’s charitable organisations dedicated to supporting communities and helping those in need. As Australia’s landscape and population have undergone a considerable amount of change, the support of The Salvation Army has remained constant.
Since The Salvation Army established their presence in Australia, decades of migration have drastically changed the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Australian population. To ensure that The Salvation Army can continually meet the needs of all Australians, we are excited to be introducing a new Salvos Multicultural Ambassador Program that will focus on maximising awareness and access to our social support offerings to Australians of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Through the appointment of our Salvos Multicultural Ambassadors, we aspire to make a clearer pathway for dialogue between the Salvos and Australia's vibrant and multicultural society to ensure that all Australians can access the support of The Salvos.
Founder & CEO
Miss Sahara and Anyier Model Management
Anyier Yuol is an entrepreneur with aspirational dreams for social change. She is the Founder & CEO of Miss Sahara and Anyier Model Management which aims to support and develop initiatives that create awareness, provide employment opportunities, and increase diversity in the Australian beauty and modelling industry and building social cohesion within the African communities and wider Australian communities.
Georges River Association
Ben Wang is the president of the Georges River Association (GRA) which is a grass-roots charitable organization based at Georges River LGA - one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. GRA has partnered with Salvos for many charity events to raise more than $10,000 in 2021.
Multicultural NSW Board Member
Hawa Mohammad grew up in South Western Sydney. She is driven to make change in policy and advocacy for young people around Australia, particularly in the education, refugee, migrant, and mental health space. She is a penultimate year Law/Communications student at the University of Technology Sydney and a paralegal at MinterEllison. Additionally, she also sits on the Multicultural NSW Advisory Board.
Chief Executive Officer
Community Migrant Resource Centre
Melissa Monteiro is an extensive background in the community sector. She has strategically navigated diverse environments and advocates on behalf of vulnerable client groups. Melissa, is currently the Chair of the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) and Director on the Board of Anti – Discrimination NSW.
Founder and Director
Afghan Women on the Move (AWOTM)
Maryam is the founder and director of Afghan Women on the Move Incorporated (AWOTM). AWOTM creates a safe platform for women as survivors of war and trauma, to gather and participate in arts and cultural programs, outside of religious and political influences. Maryam’s work focuses on gender equality, women`s right and the displacement of the Afghan diaspora around the world with a focus on those from minority backgrounds. Maryam is dedicated to empowering women and ensuring that they are recognised and valued for the care and love they provide to their families and communities. She believes that stronger families lead to stronger communities.
2021 Australian of the Year - Local Hero Award
NSW Police Force
Rosemary Kariuki has been honored as an Australian of the Year 2021 local hero. By profession, Kariuki is a Multicultural Liaison Officer for the NSW(New South Wales) Police. Rosemary, also a refugee, dedicates her life to helping refugees migrants and helping them overcome emotional abuse. She is the multicultural community liaison officer (MCLO) for the Parramatta Police. Rosemary has made an immeasurable impact to the prevention of violence against women and children, with a particular focus on supporting migrant and refugee women in our community.