FECCA welcomes new Chairperson and Executive Committee

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The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the peak body for multicultural Australia, has welcomed its new Chairperson and Executive Committee.

The newly elected officers come after FECCA held its Annual General Meeting and elections on Wednesday, June 15.

The new Chairperson is Carlo Carli and on the Committee are two people of Greek heritage, Peter Doukas OAM (Senior Deputy Chairperson, NSW) and Emanuel Valageorgiou (Honorary Treasurer, NSW), as well as Jill Morgan AM (Senior Deputy Chairperson, VIC) and Dr Edwin Joseph (Honorary Secretary, NT).

New FECCA Chairperson, Carlo Carli (right), thanks former Chairperson, Mary Patetsos, during the final plenary of FECCA 2022 National Conference.

These new elected officers will join the Chairs of each State and Territory representatives to form the new FECCA board.

Mr Carli takes on the leadership of FECCA from outgoing Chairperson, Mary Patetsos, who was the only female Chairperson of FECCA in its over 40 year history.

Mr Carli has been a member of the Victorian Parliament for years and is an advocate of multiculturalism, access and equity, human rights, and has considerable skills in management, governance, and community development. He is also fluent in Italian, Spanish and English and is conversationally competent in French.

“Australia is moving toward an era of complexity and intersectionality it has never seen before, where multiculturalism and diversity are mainstreaming,” Mr Carli said.

“I am fortunate to be in a leadership position to help effect positive social change. FECCA is at the right place at the right time and will be needing resources to grow and expand its invaluable work.

“I thank Mary Patetsos as the immediate past Chairperson, for her leadership and service to FECCA and multicultural communities.

“Coming off the hugely successful FECCA 2022 National Conference, the new executive officers of FECCA, along with our CEO and staff, will harness the energy, commitments and recommendations, to advance multicultural Australia much further along.”

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