Multicultural Business Connect Conference and Expo

Congratulations to CMRC's Business Connect Team for organising their second, highly successful Multicultural Business Conference and Expo.

Over 180 participants attended to listen to 12 speakers from multicultural backgrounds who talked on the theme of Creating Partnerships and Accelerating Business Growth by drawing on their wealth of personal and professional experiences.

The Multicultural Business Advisors, who ran a 'speed-dating session' also assist present and aspiring business owners to start and grow their business across NSW.

Special thanks to the NSW Department of Industry for funding the program and to Karen Ballentyne, Manager, Programs & Contracts, for presenting on how the NSW Government continues to support and inspire multicultural businesses across the state. We would further like to thank Lisa Uys from La Designer Photography for photography on the day. We’d like to acknowledge and also thank our wonderful key note speakers and panellists:

- Dominic Nair | Talent Multipliers
- Sonia Sadiq Gandhi | Gandhi Creations
- Elizabeth Ryu | Happytel
- Linda Duong | LinK Coaching
- Renu Wasal | Bsociable
- Sophie Sun | Didi Catering
- Susan Wahhab | Money Intelligence Academy
- Zahrina Robertson | Zahrina Gallery
- Ben Youn | Quantum Business House
- Cam Tu Pham | CleverLINK
- Dhafir Shammery | Sydney Academy
- Francis Zhang | AIPEM

Looking forward to the next expo and all the amazing events organised year round by CMRC's Business Connect Team.

Media Release: Solidarity and Support for Sri Lankan Community

The Community Migrant Resource extends our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire Sri Lankan community of Sydney.

Over the Easter Weekend, a series of devastating attacks across Sri Lanka have once again targeted innocent families as they expected to celebrate Easter or share time with their families.

CMRC stands united in solidarity with the Sri Lankan diaspora in Sydney.

CMRC stands against those who promote division, hatred and engage in divisive commentary.

Every human being deserves the right to practice their religion, and be afforded the right to live their lives without fear of persecution or harm.

“CMRC supports all members of the Sri Lankan community at this time as they respond once again to an overwhelming loss of life and assault on their civil liberties. Since September 2012, we have supported thousands of community members resettle in Australia, build their capabilities and contribute to the democratic principles and values that underpin our commitment to social cohesion, understanding and egalitarianism,” Melissa Monteiro, CEO CMRC.

CMRC will be working in the coming days, weeks and months, on a mission to rebuild lives, restore hope and engage partners to help demonstrate our solidarity, unity and support for the Sri Lankan community.

Videos for Good, Digital Technology for Social Change

A group of students from Arthur Phillip High School (APHS) were awarded the Founders Award for Indigenous Youth Voices as part of the national Videos for Change Film Festival 2018.

The students were participants of the CMRC Young Storyteller Project’s digital storytelling workshops, which skill young people to use digital photography and film to tell stories and advocate for issues they are passionate about.

As part of the workshops, students from APHS produced pieces that they submitted to the national Videos for Change film festival, an initiative of High Resolves, which encourages young people to engage socially and politically with their communities by raising awareness about social justice related issues.

The film festival was sponsored by Network 10 and Platypus, with finalists invited to Telstra Headquarters in Sydney for the awards ceremony. Student pieces covered social justice issues related to racism, domestic violence, sex, gender, disability and homelessness. Finalists and winners videos can be viewed on the following link: Videos for Change 2018 Film Festival Finalists and Winners.

The piece produced by APHS students centered on racism and bullying among young people, specifically how it manifests itself digitally.

Young Storyteller project coordinator Bahram Mia said, “it’s important for the development of young people to allow them a platform from which to engage with their communities socio-politically. Using a language that they speak, namely that of digital technology, is one of the most powerful ways to do this. We encourage students to turn the camera from themselves, from selfies, to the world in front of them, to listen and then express themselves.

We’re proud of this particular cohort, who in year 8 have shown a passion and maturity beyond their years, and we hope to continue to work with students in the future to continue to engage and express themselves creatively and meaningfully.”