Recently the Multicultural Aged Care 2013 Annual General Meeting was held on 24 October 2013. MAC was fortunate to have Reverend Peter Sandeman, AnglicareSA CEO, facilitate the meeting. Reverend Sandeman was instrumental in helping set up MAC 20 years ago, a benchmark that will be celebrated at Parliament House in December, with a function hosted by the Minister for Health and Ageing, Jack Snelling MP. Attendees at the AGM gathered to witness another year of achievement, but also to have the opportunity to have a conversation with Mr Hieu Van Le, Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, and the Chairman of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC).

One of the key points that Mr Le mentioned included the CALD ageing needs of older people both in the Adelaide metropolitan area, as well as rural South Australia. He spoke about the intimate connection Multicultural Aged Care has built and maintained with CALD communities over the years – as well as producing some magnificent outcomes. Through MAC’s hard work, the delivery of services to CALD aged in South Australia has greatly improved. Mr Le stated understanding what is culturally appropriate and acting on it – applying cultural intelligence – doesn’t have to involve dramatic changes. It can involve fairly minor changes to the way in which those caring for the elderly go about their work. The provision of culturally intelligent aged care services is an extremely important issue in 2013 and the coming year.

Mr Le was also invited to present the South Australian Volunteer Certificate of Appreciation for the 28 outstanding volunteers. They were Trevor Appenzeller, Joseph Kosmic, Jai Bhandari, Chitra Gautam, Setu Koirala, Chandra Adhikari, Beda Bista, Gita Ghimirey, Mirzeta Delkic, Toula Mulliner, Youssef Zghaib, Kaleeda Rasheed, Grace Caruso, Dimitrios Pantazopoulos, Athanasios Geromichalos, Kyriakos Mazmanidis, Koula Mazmanidis, Eleftheria Antonopoulos, Theodora Paleologos, Katerina Tsoutouras, Katerina Malakozis, Athena Voultsios, Maria Dnistrjanski OAM, Angela Sabaziotis, Stella Paspalis, Emmanuel Paspalis, John Nicholas, and Jane Nicholas

MAC would like to congratulate each and every one of these volunteers and wish them the very best for the future.

This year’s AGM was particularly important as changes were made to the constitution to better support MAC’s work in the aged and community care sector. The constitutional changes were ratified along with the new Board of Management.

The new members of the MAC Board of Management are:

Pam Pindral, City of Salisbury
Lan Mong Nguyen, CASSA
Anna Maria Procopio, ANFE
Gus Abimosleh, Helping Hand

They join the continuing members of the MAC Board of Management who include:

Anna Howard, Uniting Communities
George Genimahaliotis, Pan Macedonian Association
Ákos Nagy, Hungarian Caritas Society in SA Inc.
Beth Davidson-Park, Southern Cross Care (SA&NT) Inc.
Alan Graham, Aged & Community Services SA & NT Inc.
Joseph Masika, African Communities Council of SA
Marilyn O’Connor, Resthaven Inc.
Anne Suttie, St Basil’s Homes (SA)

The retiring board members are:

Darren Young
Vesna Haracic
Martin Cheung
Frances McInerney

MAC would like to particularly thank the retiring Board members for their contributions over many years. MAC appreciated their knowledge of management, community packages, and insights into working in the CALD service delivery sector, which were shared in the discussions about the provision of responsive aged and community care.

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