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Embracing Cultural Diversity

June 12, 2015

The Eye and Ear embraced Cultural Diversity Week (14–22 March) with two engaging and lively events.

On Wednesday 18 March, former refugee Mariam Issa shared her personal journey of resilience, strength and determination and spoke to staff about how she uses her East African values to influence her Australian way of  life. Mariam’s presentation was incredibly inspirational. She described the challenges she faced after arriving in Australia and how she created her not-for-profit organisation RAW (Resilient Aspiring Women) with its community garden and meeting space in her Brighton backyard.

On Friday 20 March, Eye and Ear employees and consumers’ culinary skills were then put to the test with a cooking competition called a Taste of Harmony. There was a range of sweet and savoury family favourites from all parts of the globe including curries, dips, salads, cakes, slices and a host of other delicious dishes. The winner of the popular vote was Chris Breheny with Mrs Wilson’s Carrot Cake, Jagdeep Thind took out second place with Aloogobi (cauliflower and potato curry) and Roti Bread and third place went to Michele Schot with Greek Cypriot Grain Salad.


Sampling different cuisines