The Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia was recognised by the South Australian government on Friday for its 90 years of service and contribution to the State.
The Community was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the Hon Jing Lee, MLC Assistant Minister to the Premier on behalf of the Hon Steven Marshall together with the Chair of SA Multicultural Commission Adriana Christopoulos during a Special Parliament House Afternoon Tea on Wednesday.
The certificate presentation form part of the Government’s policy to acknowledge and celebrate significant milestones within the diverse multicultural community of South Australia.
The Afternoon Tea was attended by the President Mr Bill Gonis and Treasurer Mr Peter Gardiakos on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Community of S.A., as well as representatives from other communities which also received Certificates of Recognition.
Mr Gonis said he was pleasantly surprised but felt particularly honoured to be presented with the Certificate explaining that it’s a big yet rewarding responsibility to represent a Community such as the Greek community.
“I was taken a bit by surprise when I was called up to receive the Certificate from the Minister’s hands but then immediately thought that we have been around as an active Community for over 90 years and is a reflection of the hard work from past members & leaders in our community so this is well deserved,” said Mr Gonis.
The GOCSA applauded the number of other communities who have made their contribution to the multicultural character and fabric of the State in the last few decades, with the Greek Orthodox Community feeling “proud for being one of the oldest and most active in South Australia”.