MEMBERS STATEMENTS – Indo China Ethnic Chinese Association of Victoria: 30th anniversary – Thursday, 9 Feb 2012

Posted on 16. Feb, 2012 in Speeches

Mr LIM (Clayton) — I rise to congratulate the Indo‑China Ethnic Chinese Association of Victoria on its 30‑year anniversary of serving its community. Over the 30 years this association has provided valuable services and has greatly contributed to the lives of newly arrived refugees and migrants from Indochina and other Chinese‑speaking regions. Providing settlement services during refugees’ and migrants’ early time in Australia is not an easy task, and members and volunteers in this great community should be warmly congratulated on their efforts. I would like to particularly mention the unique contribution of Cuong Diep, the founding president, who served with distinction during the first 10 years of the association’s existence.

The association has grown from performing its initial volunteer work to the provision of services in other important areas, including providing ethnic meals within the local government areas of Melbourne and Boroondara, providing consultation support services, providing community learning programs in the form of Chinese computer typewriting classes, operating youth programs and adventure camps and assisting with the first Chinese scout group in 2011. Another important achievement is the maintenance of a treasured history exhibition program at Museum Victoria and the Chinese Museum.

I congratulate the Indo‑China Ethnic Chinese Association of Victoria on its 30 years of community service and hope that the year 2012, the year of the dragon, brings all peace and prosperity.

 

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