Congratulations to Sr Miriam Silva AM

Congratulations to Sr Miriam Silva on her award -AM 2022 on Queen’s Birthday for significant service to the multicultural community of South Australia, and to women.
Sr Miriam Silva AM
 
I first met Miriam when she was still at university. Intelligent, talented, hard working and focussed; she excelled not only in her studies, but even more so  in her chosen areas of work at Faulding, ANZ, Elders, and Fleet Partners. She applied her extensive corporate expertise to her various roles at SA Government (Chair of Premier’s Council for Women SA 2016-2021, Former Director of TAFE SA, Chair and Council Member 2013-2020 of Uni of SA). She was also passionate in helping vulnerable women (as Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence since 2019), and various multicultural organisations including as Director of Crescent Institute and as former Chair of Malek Fahd School. Miriam was also President of South Australian and Northern Territory State Advisory Council, 2015-2021.
 
Five years ago , a diagnosis of an aggressive cancer did not stop her work . It only encouraged her to be more determined to help others. Her positive attitude with steadfast commitment is an inspiration to all Australians.
 
Sr Miriam has been a member on our Management Committee since 2010.
 
Dora Abbas, Chairperson of MWASA
28.6.22

2019 Governor’s Multicultural Awards

 
The winner of the Senior Volunteer Award is our very own Vice Chairperson Mrs Dora Abbas!
 
Sister Dora had the following to say in response to being recognised by this prestigious award:
 
“I am honoured to receive a 2019 Multicultural Governor’s Award in recognition of our cross-cultural consultancy service and other educational programs. 
It is always team efforts that help us to achieve success. 
I want to thank all the volunteers, staff and management team over the past years who have helped MWASA achieve our goals. I also want to thank all the organisations that we have worked with in the past years who have all contributed to our organisation’s improvement. 
We will continue to strive in promoting understanding through cross cultural education and further enhance our other programs to build capacity in our community.”

MWASA Jubilee: Celebrating Supporting Muslim Women in Adelaide for over 25 years

On the afternoon of Saturday 22nd of September 2018, the Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) marked 25 years of supporting Muslim women in Adelaide by hosting a Jubilee celebration at the Clarence Park Community Centre. 

Sister Ramila Chanisheff was a wonderful Master of Ceremony for the day, elegantly introducing performers and speakers and guiding us through the afternoon. 

The event opened with a welcome speech from Vice Chairperson, Sister Azidah, who also acknowledged the founders of our organisation. 

We were fortunate in being able to host several guests of honour: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le Governor of South Australia and Mrs Lan Le, and Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee and Mr Eddie Liew.

The Governor addressed the room with a speech which was supportive and inspiring, and the Assistant Minister to the Premier Jing Lee’s speech was delightfully warm. Both speeches were entirely engaging due to the genuine charisma of our guest speakers. 

In the speech by Chairperson Dora Abbas, she thanked our guests of honour for attending despite their busy schedules. As a token of appreciation, MWASA had prepared gifts for the guests of honour. Sister Dora also spoke about the outlook for MWASA over the next 10 to 15 years, and invited all members and their families to contribute and participate. 

Brother Ahmed Sherbini lent his pleasant voice to proceedings with heartwarming Quran recitation, nasheed and athan (call for prayer). 

A colourful stand-out from proceedings was the fashion show. Organised primarily by the Youth Group, the girls were able to express their individuality in both traditional and modern modest dress. 

Of great interest was the showing of a slideshow showcasing the last 25 years. It was truly inspirational to see the journey that MWASA has been through, and then also to consider the continuation of that journey into the future. 

A touch of sweetness was added to the afternoon with a couple of young ladies from Australian Islamic College (AIC) reading poetry that they had written. 

Our Management Team would specifically like to thank:

  • Ramila Chanisheff for her outstanding delivery as Master of Ceremonies
  • June Hussain, Community Development Officer, and the team of volunteers for such successful organisation and execution
  • All members and friends for attendance and participation

We are all immensely grateful to our volunteer team and sponsors who made this event possible and so enjoyable.

Shaista Kalaniya receives Irene Krastev Award Nomination

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA (MWASA) nominated team member Shaista for the Irene Krastev Award at the International Women’s Day Lunch held in Adelaide on the 5th March 2015. This was done in appreciation for her work at MWASA.

Shaista was successful in being a finalist for this award and the MWASA team is very proud of this achievement.

 

The Irene Krastev Award is an award for community spirit and work. Qualities that the International Women’s Day Committee seeks to recognise, value and commend through this award include:

  • Community involvement in SA
  • Participation in community activities
  • Achievements in community work
  • Leadership in women’s groups
  • Volunteer work with women
  • Individual and women’s groups; mentoring individuals and providing support to individuals and groups

 

To stay informed about future awards and events organised by the International Women’s Day Committee of SA, click across to their webpage by clicking here.

Award from International Centre of Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

award

In December 2013 the University of South Australia presented MWASA with an award for ‘Muslim and non-Muslim understanding’, to honour our effort in the building of bridges of understanding over the last 20 years.

Through our Cross Cultural training and various other programs we reach over 400 individuals yearly in educating them about Islam and Muslims. Through these programs we encourage people to think beyond religious and cultural differences and focus on the character of people.

MWASA would like to acknowledge and thank the University of South Australia for initiating this award that helps foster understanding and respect among people of different backgrounds and religions.