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Awarded for service to the Community, service to Multicultural Affairs
Entered on roll: 2006
Stella Goiser was born in Athens, Greece, and migrated to Australia in 1958.
Stella has been a keen advocate for migrants since her arrival in Tasmania. She was instrumental in helping to establish services for migrants at a time when the need for these services had not yet been recognised. Stella became a voice for migrants, representing their particular needs to mainstream services and government at a crucial time in the development of services for migrants.
Stella has also helped to educate the wider community in tolerance and cross-cultural awareness. Her particular skills in identifying migrant needs and contributing to issues of the time led to her being sought for membership on many committees.
Stella was active in the formative years of the Greek Orthodox Community in Launceston in the mid 1960s and a founding member of the Greek Orthodox School of Launceston. She was also a founding member of the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Launceston. She served on the MRC (Launceston) Committee as Treasurer and was a member of the welfare sub-committee for many years.
Stella was appointed to the Tasmanian Women’s Consultative Council in 1990 to represent migrant women’s issues. She was also a member of the first Tasmanian Council for Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs (TACMEA) and a founding member of the Ethnic Communities Council of Northern Tasmania.
She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Immigration and Settlement Committee (TISC) and has been a representative on the TISC Women’s Sub-committee since its establishment. She is also the current President of the Good Neighbour Council of Tasmania (Launceston Branch).
Stella has been, and continues to be, a member of a number of other committees. She is currently also a translator and interpreter for the Translating and Interpreting Service.