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

COVID-19 Prevention with CHSP Seniors

Stay safe and keeping healthy is everyone’s top priority, especially for our seniors. We had officers from SA Health to come in and give us a talk about COVID-19, while clearing any doubts, concerns and misconceptions about the disease and its prevention. Our seniors were also informed on how and where to get tested and what to do in the event of them testing positive.

Dr. Chris Lease, Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, on COVID-19 prevention

We hope to be able to assist our seniors to make a more informed decision about receiving the vaccine and maintaining public health. It is especially important so we can prevent the development of serious health conditions in our seniors! 

CHSP participants 

Thank you to Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Chris Lease, and Public Health Physician Human Biosecurity Officer, Dr. Razlyn Abdul Rahim, from SA Health for your time and effort for our seniors!

My Home Hospital with CHSP Seniors

Earlier last month, our seniors attended a talk about accessing hospital-level care treatment from the comfort of their own home. With recent events, it is essential that our seniors are aware of where and how to get the medical help that they need! We hope that the introduction of hospital-in-home service that is available 24/7 so that our seniors can manage their healthcare plan well.
CHSP Seniors listening to the My Hospital Home Talk
 
Kelly Fraser, guest speaker from My Hospital Home with CHSP participants and MWASA staff
 
Thank you to Kelly Fraser and Jennifer Hill from My Home Hospital for your time and introducing our seniors to the multiple services available to them!

AGM 2021 Management Election Announcement

The Muslim Women’s Association of SA held its Annual General Meeting in the office on November 29th, 2021.
 
Management Team Nominations were accepted and Members were invited to vote accordingly. 

MWASA is pleased to announce the new Management Team for 2021-2022.

Dora Abbas
Mandy Zhao
Miriam Silva
Noor Azidah Abdul Aziz
Noor Alli
Ramila Chanisheff
 
MWASA staff, volunteers and Management all look forward to continuing to support Muslim women in Adelaide in increasingly meaningful ways. 

CHSP Seniors Take A Walk Along Torrens River

To enjoy the last of the Spring weather, we took our CHSP seniors out for a walk along the River Torrens! It was a gorgeous morning to be out and about while enjoying the warm weather and wonderful scenery.

As usual, our seniors were excited to capture pictures of their walk and the things they spotted! Of course, we ended the trip with a short picnic break with light refreshments and lots of chatter under the blue skies!

CHSP Visit to Gorge Wildlife Park

We’re always up for new sights and adventures with the CHSP Seniors!

Visiting the Gorge Wildlife Park with the seniors was a wonderful experience, and the warm Spring weather played a huge part! We spent a lot of time interacting with the native animals and even got to pet the wallabies and koalas! We’ve got the pictures to prove it too!

The day ended on a high note with a picnic under the shade of the gazebo surrounded by nature and animals. Seeing the seniors in high spirits was incredibly gratifying, so we can’t wait till our next adventure together!

Sewing with Afghani SETS Ladies

We held another sewing workshop last month for our SETS ladies! We taught our ladies how to use electric sewing machines as they have only had experience using hand-operated machines before. This time, we made learnt how to make face masks and used the leftover fabric to make pillowcases!

The workshop was conducted by professional dressmaker, Mahboba Behmani, who did a wonderful job of inspiring our ladies to practice and improve their alteration skills!

We look forward to sewing you at the next one!

Foundation Skills Students take a trip to The Cedars

A trip to the Art Gallery inspired our English students to visit the family home of artists Nora and Hans Heyson, The Cedars, in Hahndorf!

Foundation Skills students and tutors outside the Heyson family home.

Heyson family home.

It was a lovely day for a drive through the Adelaide Hills, the excellent weather and warm sunshine made the perfect trip for visiting too! Once there, our students had an amazing time touring the art studio, gardens, and family home. This experience connected us all to this talented family and gave our students the opportunity to practise their English! They had no qualms about asking the tour guide questions and talking about the artwork on display.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Inside the Heyson family home.

Quick lunch break!

We hope to be able to provide more opportunities for more of our students in the future!

Foundation Skills Students Visit the SA Museum

 

Last month, we took our class of Foundation Skills English students to the Art Gallery of South Australia! We had a look at the art on display by Nora Heyson and her father, Hans Heyson, both famous Australia painters. The students were very excited to be able to see the paintings close up as we had been talking about both painters during class.
 
It was a relaxing break from English classes as the students were able to spend some quiet time admiring the artworks!
Students at the entrance of the SA Museum
Student with an Australian painting.
 
The visit has inspired us to visit the painters’ family home in Hahndorf, so we planned for a visit for the next class outing.

 

Parenting Talk with Hassan Noori

MWASA held a Parenting Q&A Session recently hosted by Imam Hassan Noori for our newly arrived Afghani women.
It was a constructive session where the ladies were able to share their parenting challenges in a new environment and integrating into Australian society.
Thank you to Imam Hassan Noori for helping our ladies navigate through their parenting dilemmas!

CHSP Seniors go Mini-Golfing at West Beach!

Our seniors had a ball playing mini-golf!

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Seniors enjoying a friendly hit.

Earlier this month, we took our seniors to the West Beach Mini-Golf course to enjoy a day outside under the warm sunshine. It was an exciting for our seniors who were eager to return to the golf course after the fun time they had last year! This time, the seniors enjoyed a friendly competition among themselves. They spent an equal amount of time posing and snapping pictures with the amusing statues!

Seniors posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

Senior posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

Senior and Sr Urika posing with a statue in the West Beach Mini-Golf course.

We spent time after to have a nice lunch to catch-up with friends and catch some rest after the tough competition!

Seniors having a lunch break and having a rest.

Our seniors also spent some time after at Henley beach and strolling along the jetty while enjoying the ocean breeze.

Seniors posing on the Henley Beach jetty.

Senior strolling on the Henley Beach jetty.

We’re excited to hold more events for our Muslim seniors in the future!

Visiting the SA Museum and Lunching at Good Social Cafe with the CHSP Seniors

Earlier this month, we took our CHSP seniors to a trip to visit the South Australian Museum! The warm springtime weather was perfect for the seniors to take a leisure stroll to the museum from Victoria Square.

Seniors ready to take a stroll outside the SA Museum

It was an exciting tour for the seniors, and a quite a shock for some who had never visited the SA Museum before! We managed to explore all the exhibitions available, except for the Ancient Egypt gallery which some of our seniors found too scary! Our seniors were particularly amazed by the real life exhibits and were so very eager to learn more about them.

Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Seniors enjoying a leisure look at the museum exhibitions.Senior resting while posing in front of an exhibition.Seniors and staff posing for a photo with an exhibition!

We also treated the seniors to lunch the Good Social Café afterwards. The delicious food and the charming atmosphere of the café was perfect for catching up or just relaxing after a morning of walking.

Outside the Good Social Cafe– ready for a meal!Seniors enjoying their lunch and catching up for the week.

Can’t wait for the next outing with our seniors!

Games Day with CHSP Seniors!

To celebrate the ease in lockdown restrictions, our CHSP Seniors enjoyed a fun day indoors playing friendly games with friends! 🧩 We had played numerous mind-twister games that left the seniors full of laughter and chatter.
 
Among all the games played, the crowd favourite was Bingo! Our seniors were very engrossed in the game and many began to show their competitive streak . There was even a demand for a second round!
Seniors eagerly waiting for the number announcment during a game of Bingo.

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