It is my pleasure to forward this report to the financial members for this council.
I have joined this council as a volunteer on June 2017 and onwards participated all of the events workshops which was organized by the council. I have been working as a support administrator for the council since August 2017.
I am privileged to be appointed as an administrator by the board on 8th January 2018 to work along the Interim coordinator.
From January onwards I have been working in administration tasks, accounting and supporting interim coordinator with the day to day work of office.
This report is a combination between the Coordinator / Administrator role.
We have organized events and workshops from the Youth, Men’s and Women’s Groups and the monthly potlucks for celebration of different cultures.
Race Relations Multicultural Food Festival: “ Give Nothing to Racism”
The biggest event was the Race Relation Day celebration with the Food Festival.
We had 21 food stalls along with 6 other organizations stall
Approximately we had 4500+ guests
This year no repetitive foods in the stalls
125 performers has participated.
We had 30 Volunteers and team leaders in each areas
Please note that this year the SMC Board members have not appointed a paid event coordinator. Meanwhile the task has been allocated to me as an assistant event coordinator, along with the interim coordinator to lead the event with much involvement from the SMC committee members as team leaders along with other amazing volunteers, together we have successfully finished the event with 1000+ hours of volunteering.
Potlucks Events & Community participation
We organized Philippine, Brazil, Chilean, Indonesian, Vietnam, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Tonga, Samoan, Columbian and Sri Lankan cultural celebrations. We arranged Immigration seminar, Women’s self-defence course, Youth, Men’s activities as well as Women’s group activities and also we’ve partnership with Venture Southland for the My Skills rule workshop (CV topic) and ongoing plan project with them in future.
Attended all Citizenship ceremonies held at ICC and SDC. Many thanks to Chris & Brian Rance of the Southland Community Nursery for the donations of native plants we distributed to new citizens.
ILT Kidzone 2017
With our volunteers we taught the children regarding various cultural crafts and activities on site and it’s been great pleasure that children and family enjoyed the activities we provided.
Santa Parade 2017
The Santa Parade 2017 was very successful and yet very colourful float. We showcased different cultures with music, dancing and with a cake decorated with handmade pompoms which was very attractive, many thanks to all our amazing inspiring volunteers’ team who did the pompoms through night and day.
The Council continues to provide interpreters, translators, assistance to the migrants especially to the newcomers as and when required.
We support refugees in terms of keeping them involve in our events and any other ways that they need assistance.
Enquiries from agencies and organizations for information is ongoing. The future strategic plan is to collaborate and partnership with organizations that have same interest in providing a safe, supportive service to the wider community especially to the migrants, newcomers and the refugee group resettlement.
Requests for welfare support from families is ongoing as the demand increased dramatically, we often work beyond what we could to assist families and individuals for them to feel a little bit of ease in a stressful situation.
Finally huge thanks must go to all the volunteers who have contributed their time, skills and efforts for the Southland Multicultural Council as well as to the funders for their ongoing support to enable us to provide our services.
I wish the Council all the best for the future.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members” - Coretta Scott King-