Federation of Australian Indian Associations (FAIA) organised a “Settlement Seminar for New Migrants” at Granville Town Hall on Sunday 15 June 2014, in partnership with Community Migrant Resource Centre (CMRC), Parramatta. This “Free” seminar was attended by over 50 new migrants, and was very well received by all participants. Lord Mayor, Parramatta City Council was represented by Councillor Shahadat Chowdhury at this event as the chief guest, He spoke at length about the various problems new migrants face during their settlement phase and detailed various activities the council is undertaking to enrich the quality of life for new migrants. Professional speakers drawn from various sectors delivered high quality presentations, which were quite relevant to new migrants’ settlement needs.
Ms Aurelia Rahman, Community Capacity Building Coordinator, CMRC, explained various activities CMRC undertakes to help new migrants and welcomed the audience to participate.
Mr Mandar Erande, Career Coach, Soiuthtech, touched on all aspects of finding a suitable job like resume, physical presentation etc.,
Mr Atul Bhanushali, Ray White Real Estate explained the requirements for leasing rental accommodation and
Mr Vivek Gupta, Indian Connection enthusiastically shared his experiences while helping new migrants.
All the speakers shared valuable information with participants and had an extensive interactive session with them. The enthusiasm and morale boost received by the new migrants was clearly evident from the “Seminar’s Evaluation Forms” which they completed towards the end of the event. During the refreshments break, the audience had a great opportunity to network with each other.
After the huge success of this seminar, FAIA is determined to venture into similar community projects in the near future.