Kiri was nominated by a peer who wanted to share how, in addition to working directly with migrant families in her community, she is also a dedicated and integral member of her CDAT. You may have had the opportunity to meet Kiri at the CDAT conference, or see her on stage as her CDAT received their award.
Pictured here with fellow CDAT member Ellen.
“Kiri is a vibrant contributor, whether passionately advocating for the needs of multicultural communities or making us laugh with the warmth of her personality. She’s not content to make her contribution just in words, and whether it be running consultations with community members or educating refugee background youth on staying safe around drugs and alcohol, Kiri is always willing to use her extensive knowledge, experience and skills to help migrant communities.
A dedicated member ever since the CDAT was first set up, Kiri even takes the trouble to come to meetings during her days off!
One thing that is immediately obvious when you do a project with Kiri is how she has touched the lives of many community members, who respect and trust her and so feel comfortable talking even about sensitive issues like drug and alcohol misuse.”
The work that Kiri and the entire Hunter Multicultural CDAT put into creating the Confident Communities toolkit won them the 2016 Inclusiveness regional award for North Sydney & Central Coast. This initiative focused on engaging with the community about alcohol and other drug issues through many different representatives, including those from 6 African communities.
In addition to her own work, Kiri also helped a young refugee with a talent for photography to feature their pictures in the toolkit – a brilliant way to both recognise the gifts of a young person and add value to the toolkit with the addition of their beautiful images.
Hunter Multicultural CDAT have also facilitated the Talking Tactics Together program in their community. In addition to educating the kids, this initiative also engages parents in drug education to build their comfort and capacity to talk to their child about drugs and related issues. Kiri’s nominator also shared the adorable story of how
“a newly arrived community member recounted with great amusement how, after attending a CDAT-run education program, her primary-school age child took all the medicines out of the bathroom cabinet, made the family sit down, and told them all about the safe use of medicines.”
Hardworking and passionate volunteers like Kiri inspire all of us with the positive difference they make in individual lives, families, and their community as a whole.