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Kath has been an integral part of MECA for over seven years. This year she decided to retire from volunteering at MECA and we wanted the chance to honour her and her work.
Kath moved to Mount Druitt in 1967 with her husband and two children. There were very few services in the area at that time and Whalan Public School was the hub of our community activities. This included working in the school canteen, running various activities for children and providing entertainment for the many social/fundraising activities at the school.
Kathleen and Chris Williams both became involved with the African Mentoring Project at MECA in 2008 not only assisting women with everyday issues but also helping to develop their English language skills. When the program finished, they continued the classes using the skills they had developed through the Mentoring Project to assist a broader community.
Kath and Chris then went onto developed implement the ‘English for Living’ program at MECA , which have been running for r approximately seven years. A weekly English conversation class designed to build confidence and connection.
Kath often used to comment that she learned more from the students than they do from us. They share their experiences with the teachers and develop long trust that they display in our relationship with them.
MECA’s homework support volunteer Lauren Barrientos named Chifley Young Woman of the Year 2017
The generous nature of Woodcroft schoolgirl Lauren Barrientos has been recognised at the 2017 Coral McClean Awards breakfast, which celebrates the women who do so much to build up and help others in the community.>Lauren has spent the past eight months volunteering one day a week as a homework tutor at Mt Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA).
It is for this work that the 16-year-old was awarded the 2017 Chifley Young Woman of the Year award by Chifley federal Labor MP Ed Husic.
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for working collaboratively with refugee communities to identify strengths, create
innovative solutions and support
implementation through action.
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Mount Druitt, NSW 2770
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Phone: 02 9625 9300
Financial Report 2017
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