500 join Foundation House celebration
The Foundation House community warmly welcomed almost 500 guests to its End of Year Celebration on December 10. The event, held on International Human Rights Day, was attended by clients from over 35 refugee communities, members, supporters and staff.
In her keynote address, Board Chair, Lynne Haultain welcomed new board members Travers MacLeod and Matt Ervin, acknowledged the acceptance of a role as Foundation House Patron-in-Chief by Her Excellency, Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau, and most importantly welcomed the many clients present “to Australia, to Victoria and to Foundation House”. CEO Paris Aristotle congratulated the Foundation House team on a wonderful year of service to refugee and asylum seeker communities in Victoria saying that “staff consistently rise to the challenges presented to them in a complex environment and provide highly professional support and advocacy to all of our clients”.
Lynne Haultain led the presentation of awards to recipients of the Quentin Buckle Study Grants, the Ian McKenzie Endeavour Grant and the VFST Study Grant. The grants honour Founding Board Member, the late Quentin Buckle and Board Member, the late Ian McKenzie (OAM). Presenting the awards, Lynne Haultain said “we are so very proud of the efforts, endeavour and courage of all grant recipients and we hope that this will assist them in reaching even further toward their dreams”.
At the conclusion of formal proceedings, guests enjoyed food catered by social enterprises Catering ASRC (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) and Sorghum Sisters. Younger guests loved facepainting, plate spinning, hoops and clown performances and many danced the night away to the tunes of Sol Haus and the Spokesman.