CEO News December 2021

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Dear friends

I am not sure where this year has gone!!  It has certainly been challenging for each and every one of us. Just when we thought we were returning to some sort of COVID normal, the omicron variant arrives on our doorstep, with its impact not known at this stage.  I don’t doubt that once again we will need to dig deep and work together as a community to keep everyone safe.  The MACS community though has a great deal to be thankful for. We have been able to continue to reach out and care for people in a variety of settings, lend that helping hand, bring a smile to someone’s face (even behind a mask!) and work hard to keep people connected.  Whilst I am incredibly proud of the staff and volunteers that work at MACS, I just want to take a moment and acknowledge our family members and resident and community representatives for the manner in which you have worked with us during a year like no other.

Your partnership is much appreciated.

We enjoy working with you

and we wish you all the very best

during the holiday season and beyond.

Our work this year has been undertaken in the midst of a merger with Diversitat and I am very aware that I have not been around as much as I have in the past.  I have missed this a great deal but have also been blessed by our ability to care for even more vulnerable people in our community.  The opportunities for Multicultural Community Services Geelong (MCSG) are endless and I look forward to 2022 with optimism and hope as we shape this new organisation.  Many challenges have presented themselves along the way and will continue to do so as we bring two cultures into one, but our values of inclusion, integrity, sustainability and kindness remain a constant part of the work we do.  To demonstrate this, we recently held our first Annual Public Meeting for MCSG and I encourage you to take a look at this link MACS & Diversitat APM to get a better understanding of the new organisation.

There will be no January 2022 MACS News distributed next year as a number of key staff are on a well-deserved break.  Many of them are taking the opportunity to catch up with family they haven’t seen for two years.  I too am taking some leave from Monday 20 December returning in January (not quite sure of the date as yet!) as I too am hoping to catch up with family.  I have my fingers crossed for everyone that family reunions can take place without any lock-downs being forced upon us.  Email will be monitored and urgent matters actioned, so please feel free to contact us in the usual manner.

The February 2022 newsletter will be distributed as usual.

Take care everyone, and however you acknowledge this time, may it be filled with family and friends that make you happy. Thank you again for working with us, the partnership is valued.

Christmas blessings.


Joy Leggo

Chief Executive Officer




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