NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013 celebrates success of community language schools

NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013

NSW FCLS Annual Dinner 2013

The NSW Federation of Community Language Schools hosted its annual dinner on Saturday, 15 June at the Cyprus Community Club in Stanmore.
The event was attended by 440 people from 33 different language groups that came together to acknowledge the achievements of the community language schools sector in NSW. These attendees came from all over the greater Sydney Metropolitan Region to celebrate languages in a multicultural gathering.
The President of the organisation Mr Albert Vella warmly greeted the guests and dignitaries with The Hon. Victor Dominello MP – Minister for Citizenship and Communities. Minister Dominello represented the NSW Premier and Minister for Education. He was the guest of honour along with Marie Ficarra MLC the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Ms Linda Burney Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Other VIP’s included diplomats and government officials.
During the evening, the audience enjoyed three beautiful folkloric dance performances from the Ukrainian, Chinese and Korean communities. These performances added colour and cultural aspect to the evening.
As Minister Dominello mentioned in his speech, the NSW Government is very supportive of the communities that provide language education services to the students of NSW and how important it is for the social and economic development of NSW. We are very fortunate to have a government that provides classrooms, funding and teacher training to support the good works of the community language schools sector of NSW. This results in students achieving high literacy standards in the largely diverse languages being taught.
Another important part of the annual dinner was the farewell given by the Federation and member community language schools to Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO – Chair of the NSW Community Relations Commission who has decided to retire after 25 years of service to the communities of NSW.
The Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC organised Certificates of Commendation to be issued on behalf of the NSW Government in recognition of the schools and organisations for their services to their communities by providing language classes. The large number of the recipients represented the linguistic and cultural diversity of our modern society here in NSW. Multiculturalism and harmonious coexistence was openly on display during this function.
The Cyprus Community Club provided an excellent venue and service which enabled the function to be a very enjoyable experience

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