Last Wednesday we were pleased to host our 2017 Annual General Meeting.
CARAD's 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on October 25th, and was a huge success! We had a record number of people attend the event, and were able to share in some of the incredible things we accomplished together this year.
We were able to hold Management Committee Member elections for the first time, something we are very proud of! After each candidate made a 2 minute speech, CARAD members voted 7 new committee members to the Management Committee. Thank you to all who ran and voted, and congratulations to our new Management Committee Members!
CARAD also awarded a new Life Membership award to Dr Caroline Fleay. In addition to the many ways in which she advocates for and supports refugees and asylum seekers outside of CARAD, Caroline is currently working with CARAD’s Higher Education and Employment Working Group to develop pathways for access to higher education, and actively lobbies the state government for changes to policy on issues. We thank her for all that she does to support people seeking asylum in our community.
After the formal part of the evening, we welcomed Lado Croatian Folkloric Ensemble of Western Australia, a traditional Croatian dance ensemble. They performed beautiful and lively dances, and were accompanied by live music that had attendees dancing in their seats!
The evening finished with everyone coming together to enjoy traditional Middle Eastern finger foods, including meat kebab, chicken tikka, chicken sambusa, shawarma, biriyani in phyllo pastry, and dolma. We also had some amazing Persian desserts from Persia's Pantry, including Persian date cake, halva, and leman badam. With the delicious food and wonderful company, CARAD supporters stayed well after the meeting finished, connecting with others and trying all of the amazing foods.
We would like to say a sincere thank you to all who made this year's Annual General Meeting a success, including staff, volunteers, the board, CARAD members, and CARAD supporters.