People

  • Board

    Multicultural Communities Council of SA Board 2018-19

    MCCSA is governed by a Board with representatives elected from our membership for a two year term. The Board is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the organisation as set out in the Constitution.

    The MCCSA Board will elect its Executive at the next Board meeting following the AGM.

    Executive

    Chairperson: Miriam Cocking

    Deputy Chairperson: Dr Ian Harmstorf OAM
    Born and raised in Adelaide, Ian is a third-generation German after his grandfather migrated to Australia in October 1882. He however moved to Germany between 1960 and 1967 as he felt he ‘did not fit in’ by the local community; he did not feel comfortable with his German name as he was a target for abuse as during his school days Australia was at war with Germany.

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    Treasurer: Silvio Iadarola
    Silvio, who was just 7 years old when he arrived in Australia from Campania, Italy, says mainstream Australia is now a blend of cultures as we are all migrants.

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    Board Members

    Dr Daniela Costa
    Dr Daniela Costa has been contributing to the Australian public health system from the day she arrived in 1970. She arrived in Australia when her husband Professor Marcello Costa, now Professor of Neurophysiology at Flinders University, was offered a job in medical research.

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    Margota Pukitis
    Having an understanding of how war and conflict impacts people’s lives, being empathetic towards refugees and knowing first-hand how to rebuild lives and maintain culture in a new homeland are all the virtues and strength Margota brings to the MCCSA board.

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    Malgorzata (Gosia) Skalban OAM
    A Polish migrant who arrived in Australia in 1968, Gosia has spent many years offering her experience and skills in multicultural community work, specifically within the aged care industry.

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    Rajendra Pandey
    Arriving in Australia in 2012 as a skilled migrant, Rajendra Pandey instantly got busy volunteering with St John Ambulance and local council.

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    Nasir Husssain

    Patrizia Kadis
    Having a nursing, events management and aged care background for over 30 years has given Patrizia insight into what diverse communities need for cultural and language appropriate services.

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  • Staff

    MCCSA Staff

    CEO: Helena Kyriazopoulos
    Helena.Kyriazopoulos@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4601

    Administration Assistant: June Lee
    mccsa@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8345 5266

    Manager, Strategy and Projects: Kristin Johansson
    Kristin.Johansson@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4603

    Manager, Programs: Megan Hill
    Megan.Hill@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4605

    Finance Officer: Ling Giang
    Ling.Giang@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4601

    Transport & Communications: Sidique Bah JP
    Sidique.Bah@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4608

    Community Visitor Scheme: Hee Young Lim
    Heeyoung.Lim@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4604

    Successful Communities: Megs Lamb
    Megs.Lamb@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4611

    Reconnect: Savry Ouk JP
    Savry.Ouk@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4611

    Project Officer, Youth Engagement – UKASH AHMED
    ukash.ahmed@mccsa.org.au
    61 8213 4612

    Project Officer – Lena Gasparyan JP
    Lena.Gasparyan@mccsa.org.au
    61 8213 4606

    Project Support Officer, Youth Engagement – Gabriel Akon
    youth@mccsa.org.au
    61 8345 5266

    Transport Support: Ljubo Alympic
    Ljubo.Alympic@mccsa.org.au
    61 8 8213 4609

  • Life Members

    MCCSA Life Members

    For over ten years of dedicated service to the multicultural communities of South Australia

    1. Randolph Alwis AM
    2. Bruno Krumins AM
    3. Michael Schultz
    4. Ron Tan OAM
    5. Dr Antonia Cochiaro AM
    6. Dr Ian Harmstoff OAM
    7. Mrs Sofia Kanas OAM
    8. Miriam Cocking
    9. Maria Dnistrjanski
    10. Jurek Dnistrjanski
    11. Milinko Rakich

  • Volunteers

    MCCSA has a strong pool of volunteers who make a huge contribution to the multicultural sector. MCCSA would not be able to deliver the services and programs which it does without the generous assistance of our volunteers. Our volunteers at present include bus drivers, community visitors, human resource volunteers, an events volunteer, project support and general administration.

    Volunteers also participate in our active ageing art sessions for older people and assist with our community events such as MCCSA’s Harmony Day Picnic and SALA.

    Our volunteers range from teenagers to people in their late seventies and come from a wide range of nationalities as well as Australian born volunteers.

    Our active program of volunteer placements also aims to help CALD people develop Australian employment skills and increase their chance of gaining employment and moving out of poverty.

    If you are interested in working with MCCSA download our MCCSA Volunteer Form and either email it to mccsa@mccsa.org.au or post to 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide SA 5000

  • Student Placements

    MCCSA has a policy of supporting students gain an understanding of the culturally and linguistically diverse sector in South Australia. We also support student placements for students from a CALD background as part of a commitment to wider public welfare and to help CALD people develop Australian employment skills and increase their chance of gaining employment and moving out of poverty.

    If you are interested in a student placement please email your expression of interest to mccsa@mccsa.org.au or call Kristin Johansson on 8213 4603.