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MSC Meetings 2020

All are welcome to attend MSC’s meetings on the first Friday of the month (with no meetings in January and July). To join the mailing list please contact

Everyone on the mailing list will be notified about when the meetings will take place. If on Zoom, a link to the meeting will be sent out with the usual meeting papers.

Upcoming meetings:
9.30-11am 6 November 2020
9.30-11am 4 December 2020

Guest Speaker: Chin Tan, AHRC Race Discrimination Commissioner

CCOEI supports the Racism. It Stops With Me campaign, a national initiative that provides tools and resources to help people and organisations learn about racism and stand against it by acting for positive change. 

Chin Tan will be speaking at the MSC meeting on 2 October 2020. The subject, COVID and Social Inclusion, relates to the work being undertaken to improve social cohesion, with a focus on how organisations can help promote racial harmony. 

VMC Deputy Chairperson Appointed

CCOEI would like to congratulate Bwe Thay for his appointment as VMC Deputy Chairperson and we would like to thank him for his ongoing commitment to addressing the issues faced by Victoria’s multicultural communities.

VMC Deputy Chairperson

International Women’s Day – Box Hill Library

Whitehorse Manningham Libraries (WML) and Dilnaz Billimoria, community volunteer, organised a successful grassroots IWD event on 4 March. This event was attended by secondary schools, local council representatives, cultural groups and organisations like Eastern Health, Women’s Health East and ECLC.

There were over 100 participants in attendance and several organisations being represented. Gina Etienne, Eastern Health manager and CCOEI member, was invited to speak about her experiences and journey in Australia.

Harmony Day 2020 – CANCELLED

It is with regret that the Together in Harmony event (taking place on 21 March) has been cancelled due to COVID-19 being declared a pandemic by the WHO and other related issues where running of the event may impact participants. The organisers regret having to take this course of action and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

VMC Chairperson Appointed

CCOEI welcomes the appointment of Ms Vivienne Nguyen as the new Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC). We look forward to working with Ms Nguyen to promote harmony and social inclusion whilst raising the profile of multicultural communities and services in the Eastern Region.