VASS’ Annual General Meeting 2012 was held at VASS’ Broadmeadows Head Office, C2, 1- 13 The Gateway, Broadmeadows on November 15, 2012. The primary role of the Annual General Meeting is to inform stakeholders, funding bodies and members, as well as the broader public, of VASS’ work and spending for the past financial year. To discharge this obligation, the Annual Financial Report was distributed and the Board of Management for 2012 – 2013 was announced. Mr. Ali Mustapha retained his role as Chairperson, and Ms. Leila Alloush remained the Public Officer/CEO.
The keynote speaker for the night was Ms. Maria Vamvakinou, MP for Calwell who reflected on her own migration experience and raised concerns about the many issues faced by the diverse Arabic Speaking Background (ASB) communities of Australia, especially within her own electorate. Furthermore, Ms. Vamvakinou delivered a message from the Prime Minister of Australia, Ms. Julia Gillard. We once again thank her for her attendance.
Furthermore, Mr. Frank McGuire, Member for Broadmeadows attended and delivered a supporting message, and VASS is happy to continue an ongoing relationship with Mr. McGuire. Ms. Bronwyn Halfpenny, Member for Thomastown also delivered a message of support and reflected on her experiences with VASS.
Following this, a cultural events ensued with both the Darebin Arabic Women’s Group delivering a cultural dance performance, drawing inspiration from Kurdish culture. This was followed by our own staff member, Yousif Aziz, conducting a singing choir and his own compositions, from traditional Arabic music, to gospel fusion. This illustrates the achievements of the ongoing work from the re-vamped A.R.A.B. program at VASS.
Finally, a cultural feast was offered to all attendees. VASS thanks all funding bodies, personnel and community members for their ongoing support. We are proud to have concluded yet another successful year and look forward for what will hopefully be an enriching year ahead.