Al Siraat will be celebrating the concluding ceremony of our 2016 Interfaith Dialogue Project to appreciate the wonderful work our student interfaith ambassadors have done throughout this year. The project was launched in 2014 and has since enabled students to collaborate with each other and to thereby develop mutual respect and understanding, and instil essential skills required to live harmoniously in a multifaith Australian society.
The concluding ceremony will take place at the Fountain Room, Whittlesea Council building on Monday, 5th December 2016. Year 9 student "Interfaith Ambassadors" from the following three schools have been participating in this year’s Interfaith Dialogue Program:
The ceremony will be attended by community leaders, local police representatives and Whittlesea Council members. We are delighted to announce that Ms Helen Kapalos will be attending the event as Special Guest.
Helen is the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission. An accomplished journalist, presenter, executive producer and filmmaker, Helen Kapalos is a proud Greek Australian who is passionate about supporting Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Since taking up her role at the VMC, Helen has led a series of new initiatives – specifically around re-defining all forms of community engagement, establishing new platforms for youth leadership, the implementation of culturally specific family violence initiatives, championing better settlement outcomes for Victoria’s newly arrived citizens, and elevating the discourse around issues of identity politics and inclusion in our ever-evolving multicultural society.
She is a passionate advocate for equality in the multicultural sector and leads a team of 12 Commissioners to champion various community causes.
"Our differences are our strength as a species and as a world community" – Nelson Mandela