Meet the Community Ambassadors
The 10 Community Ambassadors are active members of the Monash community. To help you to get to know them, they have shared a little bit about who they are:
The role of a Community Ambassador
The Community Ambassador Project is coordinated by Monash Council in partnership with community groups and service providers, supported by funds from the State Government.
Community Ambassadors make the following contributions:
- Share with Council their thoughts and priorities for promoting social cohesion and community harmony
- Participate in project planning and contribute to consultative processes
- Assist Council to identify appropriate activities that strengthen neighbourliness
- Shape training in community leadership and bystander intervention
- Shape strategies to assist mainstream groups engage with CALD groups and to also develop their capabilities to implement change.
- Strengthen formal and informal networks in the community
The Community Ambassadors are also available to support you! Council can put local organisations, community groups and clubs in touch with the Community Ambassadors. They are all willing and available to share their knowledge and experiences, to offer a culturally diverse perspective and to create stronger connections across the Monash community.
The Community Ambassador Project
Monash Council is delivering a number of projects as part of a program known as “Hello Neighbour”. This program is aimed at promoting neighbourliness and building connected communities across the city. Council recognises that these projects are important because many parts of our City are experiencing rapid change.
The City of Monash is a vibrant, thriving, multicultural community. Results of Council’s annual community surveys continue to show that the Monash community is highly accepting of people from diverse cultures.
One of the initiatives of Hello Neighbour is the establishment of Community Ambassadors. This initiative has provided a unique opportunity for 10 culturally and linguistically diverse community members to advise Council, influence projects planned as part of the Hello Neighbour program and to utilise their new and existing networks to support the broader community. The Community Ambassadors are involved in identifying opportunities to promote social cohesion, community harmony and to deliver initiatives which help residents to feel belonging, connection and safety.
Council’s Hello Neighbour program seeks to address racism and discrimination through relevant community forums and bystander intervention training. National research shows that places where racism is most often experienced is in people’s neighbourhood, in shops and or in workplaces. But it can also emerge in other spaces, such as public transport, at sporting events or schools (Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report, 2017).
Further research, undertaken for the Racism. It stops with me campaign, found that the experience of racism impacts self-worth, and also people’s ability to work and study, their physical health and even life expectancy. Pleasingly however, local research shows that there is very strong agreement that the Monash community is accepting of people from diverse cultures, more so than average across metropolitan Melbourne.
The Community Ambassador Project will greatly assist Council to achieve its priority of promoting inclusion and participation for all (A Healthy and Resilient Monash - an Integrated Plan 2017-2021).
This project has been supported with funding from the Victorian State Government (Department of Premier and Cabinet) Community Harmony Program – a program designed to promote neighbourliness and belonging through a range of intercultural, interfaith and intercommunity interaction, promoting understanding and celebrating shared values.
For more information, please contact Pamela Kosij, Multicultural Community Development Officer: