My our Sponsors: Have Home Safe

My our Sponsors: Have Home Safe

Interview with Sue Masters, Communications and Marketing Director Haven Home Safe. For us diversity is the norm! As one of Bendigo’s leading not-for-profit organisations Haven Home Safe prides itself on diversity; diversity of staff and clients who come from many different cultural backgrounds. Primarily they come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. We will have a role in both Harmony Day and Family Fun Day and we’ll talk about the services we provide for people from all cultural backgrounds. We do have a number of refugees that we have housed. I think it’s important to show that we are supportive and encourage people from all cultural backgrounds in terms of meeting their needs in the community and supporting them in the workplace. We have offices right across the state and our Preston based office even has a prayer room as we identified a need for that and we respond to what is an incredibly diverse client base. You not only have to talk the talk...
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Meet our Sponsors: Samual Harrison, President Phoenix FM 106.7

Meet our Sponsors: Samual Harrison, President Phoenix FM 106.7

Interview with Samual Harrison, President Phoenix FM 106.7 The Voice of Your Community This year Phoenix are doing the outside broadcast from Family Fun Day at Rosalind Park on Sunday 26th March from 11am to 1pm. It’s a great day for all families to come together. We’ve been part of the Bendigo Festival of Cultures for a couple of years now and I’ve been part of these broadcasts. You can sit back and look around and observe all the different people coming to celebrate what it means to them to live in Bendigo and be part of a diverse community and an inclusive society. I’m a foodie myself and I love trying all the different cuisines from around the world.   Put me in the middle of a cultural festival with food and I am a happy man! I can taste the world and celebrate what Bendigo has to offer. We are a big tourism town and you see people from different parts of...
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Meet our Friends: Coliban Water

Meet our Friends: Coliban Water

We recognise the importance of supporting and celebrating multiculturalism and diversity. From our Board and office based teams, to our crews out in the field and those operating our plants across the region we understand that a diverse and inclusive team helps deliver better outcomes for our communities. We are committed to supporting multiculturalism and diversity both inside and outside our organisation.  Inside, we are working to create an environment in which all individuals or groups feel welcomed, respected and valued to fully participate and contribute. We recognise the value that different life experiences, backgrounds and cultures bring to the work we do and the communities we service and are proud that 17 percent of our staff identify as being born overseas. Outside the organisation we support multiculturalism and diversity by partnering with local individuals and organisations. Recently we hosted three professionals from the Philippines as part of the Rotary Group Vocational Exchange program. Jerick, Marife and Flordeliza learned about the water...
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Meet our Friends: Chris Corr, civil engineer, entrepreneur Stay Social, Bendigo

Meet our Friends: Chris Corr, civil engineer, entrepreneur Stay Social, Bendigo

Stay Social support this year’s festival through our own social media circles because both my wife and I are well connected through our websites and ventures and last year we participated in the Festival of Cultures as well. Diversity is really important. We can learn from each other because of the differences people have and their different experiences and life challenges. We’ve seen that through Australia’s history and the great benefits that a variety of cultures have brought to Australia and in particular the influences the Chinese have brought to Bendigo. My family have been in Bendigo ten years and it wasn’t always the most multicultural city. But through the training work I’ve undertaken I have worked with and alongside engineers from all over the world. There have been changes for the best and because of the specialist jobs shortage we’ve seen some wonderful contributions from people all over the world at all ends of the spectrum. We now have more opportunity...
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Meet our Friends: Lee McKinnon, Historian, Dragon Museum

Meet our Friends: Lee McKinnon, Historian, Dragon Museum

This year the Dragon Museum will celebrate Guan Yin’s Birthday with a celebration at Guan Yin Temple on Sunday 19th March when the Bendigo Chinese Association Lion Team and Plum Blossom Dancers will perform traditional cultural birthday celebrations. Guan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Kindness. We are also holding three Harmony Flag workshops at the Golden Dragon Museum between 1.30pm – 3.00pm to celebrate cultural diversity week. The workshops will be held on Sunday 19th, Tuesday 21st and Thursday 23rd. They are in the Buddhist tradition. We offered our space to the Bollywood Indian night last year and we will have that event here again this year as well. We have been part of the Festival of Cultures for a couple of years now. Historically the museum was founded by the Chinese Association which was one of the few non-European groups in Bendigo. The old Society didn’t have much of a profile from the 18th century through much of...
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Meet our Sponsors: A Plus Travel

Meet our Sponsors: A Plus Travel

 Managing Director, Mr Ash Malhotra has travelled to Bendigo on many occasions and has experienced its multiculturalism first hand. The diversity is fantastic and it is such a delight to be a part of this event. A Plus Travel supports Bendigo in embracing multicultural diversity and are once again delighted to be a supporter of The Bendigo Festival of Cultures. This year A Plus Travel is supporting the festival through sponsorship of $100 travel vouchers. We have been operating for many years and our workplace is very multicultural with staff who speak different languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi and English. This helps us to assist our clients, who come from different countries and backgrounds including China, Malaysia, Singapore and India, travel to destinations all over the world. It is truly an international blend of cultures to plan travel for. That’s why supporting this Bendigo festival is such a pleasure for us. We wish this festival a great success and thank the organisers...
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Meet our Sponsors: Maree Tonkin, City of Greater Bendigo Arts and Cultural Development

Meet our Sponsors: Maree Tonkin, City of Greater Bendigo Arts and Cultural Development

This year the Capital Venues and Events Team is supporting Stories Told, a photographic exhibition, showcasing beautiful images of the Karen Community by documentary photographer, Donna Bailey. We are also supporting the Many Songs One Heart community based art project to be displayed at the Bendigo Library. It aims to depict that regardless of our cultural differences and expressions, we all share universal needs and values. It will enable people to come together and participate in a series of workshops with visual artist, Stella Levak. Culture is about who we are, how we define ourselves and how we make meaning of the world around us. The Festival of Cultures provides an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate cultural traditions and customs, this can be expressed through dance, visual art, music and performance and by the sharing of stories. The Festival also brings together a range of community groups, individuals and agencies to work in collaboration. I’ve worked at the City...
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Meet our Sponsors: Rowan Powell, Operations Manager, UFS Pharmacies Bendigo

Meet our Sponsors: Rowan Powell, Operations Manager, UFS Pharmacies Bendigo

We here at UFS are a not for profit community enterprise with a long history in Bendigo and we have been a big part of the community and it’s the nature of the pharmacy industry we have been very fortunate to have a culturally diverse…people who work and study in the industry. Obviously there is a lot of value to be added in that cultural diversity space by supporting the international and local students that come through the university and work and study here in Bendigo. I guess they can contribute so much to the community and having that cultural diversity is something we should be celebrated and something we can all enjoy exploring different cultures through food and seeing different things so. We see it as adding value, it’s important to Bendigo and it’s important to us. We enjoyed supporting the festival last year, enjoyed our time seeing all the events and seeing everyone mixing and having a good...
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Meet our Sponsors: Bendigo Marketplace

Meet our Sponsors: Bendigo Marketplace

What role with the Marketplace be playing in this year’s festival? This year Bendigo Marketplace will be a host for several festival events such as children’s activities including storytime, paper lantern making and paper doll crafts. During the festival we will also host two Congolese drumming sessions and two cultural cooking demonstrations. Why are you sponsoring this year’s Festival of Cultures? Last year Bendigo Marketplace provided Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services with a community space to promote the multicultural festival. This year the centre is supporting the 2017 Bendigo Festival of Cultures through sponsorship, hosting festival activities and assisting with promotion. This year we wanted to support the growth of the event by becoming more involved with festivities. Bendigo Marketplace supports local community programs and will continue to contribute goodwill to the growing community. We support Bendigo in embracing multicultural diversity and are delighted to promote this in the centre. Why do you think it’s important to support multiculturalism and diversity in Bendigo? Bendigo is a great...
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Meet our Friends: Ekbal Singh & Jagjit Kaur, Food O’ Clock Café & Indian Restaurant

Meet our Friends: Ekbal Singh & Jagjit Kaur, Food O’ Clock Café & Indian Restaurant

We all come from different countries and we want to be supported ourselves so I think the 2017 Festival of Cultures is a good opportunity for everybody to be able to get together and enjoy multiculturalism. We have been in Australia for more than twenty years and in Bendigo for three and a half years. We were also in St Arnaud for three and a half years in the country and it was far less multicultural than Bendigo but we really enjoyed it. We made very good friends over there and they still visit us here. We are from the northern part of India from the Punjab and I am from the capital city of New Delhi. We are very well adapted to the Bendigo community and well supported and we have no troubles at all. We love it here! Thanks to the Bendigo community! We are going to have our food stalls at this year’s festival like we had last...
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