New on the board

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 21-Sep-2017


Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services has made three new appointments to its board of directors. 

The new directors, Ben Shue, Dave Hughes and Esther Ryan, come with decades of experience across the business and community sectors and are from Chinese, Welsh and Spanish backgrounds, respectively.  

LCMS chair, Abhishek Awasthi said their business and community development expertise, which they’ve gained both locally and internationally, will bring new perspectives and skills to the multicultural services. 

“The 2016 census shows that the local population who are born overseas or have one or more parents who were born overseas has grown by five per cent in the past five years,” he said. 

“The work we do, both in supporting migrants and refugees to build new lives in the region and increasing intercultural connections and understanding, is more important than ever.”

LCMS is in the process of developing its new 2018-2020 strategic plan, which is an important time for the organisation to reflect on what it does well and what are the unmet needs for multicultural communities.

LCMS executive officer Kate McInnes said having new directors is an exciting opportunity to review work with fresh eyes.

“We can ensure we are doing our upmost to create a vibrant, thriving, multicultural community,” she said.


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