Paris Aristotle named Officer of the Order of Australia
The proudest of congratulations from the entire Foundation House community to our CEO, Paris Aristotle who has been made an officer of the Order of Australia in the June 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Statement from Foundation House Chair, Lynne Haultain, 13/6/2017: “On behalf of the Foundation House Board of Management I congratulate our CEO, Paris Aristotle, on being named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for ‘ distinguished service to the refugee and asylum seeker sector through executive and advisory roles with a range of state and national organisations, and as an advocate for improved social welfare programs’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. We are extremely proud that Paris has led our organisation for nearly thirty years and through this time has made such a significant contribution.”
As Foundation House marks its 30th year of service to people from refugee backgrounds who have experience torture or other traumatic events, we are delighted that Paris’ longstanding work and dedication has been acknowledged in this way. Additionally, Paris’ work was also recognised in November 2016 when he was named the 2017 Victorian Australian of the Year with a citation reading:
“A tireless advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, Paris Aristotle has made an enormous contribution by helping countless people rebuild their lives in Australia after surviving torture and trauma in their countries of origin. In 1988, Paris began building the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, also known as Foundation House. Now leading a team of more than 200 staff, he has helped refugees recover from unspeakable trauma, through a range of mental health, health, advocacy, educational and community services. Paris has worked closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the field of refugee resettlement and has been instrumental in building a national network of torture and trauma services. For almost three decades he has advised both sides of politics on refugee and asylum seeker policy, and multicultural affairs. Currently the Chair of two federal government councils, Paris has demonstrated patience, personal integrity and practical skill as he navigates what is often an ethical and political minefield.”
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