Multicultural NSW praises “phenomenal success” of WAAS

A vibrant celebration with special guests Multicultural NSW CEO Joseph La Posta and Advisory Board Chair Dr Hari Harinath OAM marked the graduation of the third cohort of our ‘We Are All Sydney’ (WAAS) community leadership program. Twenty three graduates from 17 diverse backgrounds completed the three-month course and brought their families and friends to enjoy the music, food, speeches and dancing.

Margaret Nekeare-Cowan, Joseph La Posta, Rachel Maurangi, Lynda Ben-Menashe.

During his address, Mr La Posta praised the Jewish community saying “Despite such overwhelming adversity, it’s rare to come across an aspect of our society not advanced substantially by our Jewish community, including the law, medicine, the arts, business and Government”.

He also commended the WAAS program saying “Over the last three years, WAAS has experienced phenomenal success. It has created a network of more than 60 leaders representing more than 30 cultural backgrounds… we need relationships to arm us with information to address the problems of our time with adequately complex solutions. We need to break down the silos of age and generation, culture and religion and create new networks. And this is exactly what the WAAS program is achieving.”

The WAAS program is based on the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s ‘We Are All New York’ program and was brought to Australia by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies. It is supported by Multicultural NSW and managed by Board of Deputies Community Relations & Policy Manager Lynda Ben-Menashe and Community Relations Officer Hila Tsor.