Joseph Assaf Wins Australian Migration and Settlement Award
Joseph Assaf AM honoured with Australian Migration & Settlement Lifetime Achievement Award
Joseph Assaf AM, founder and Chairman of the Ethnic Business Awards, has been awarded the Australian Migration and Settlement Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his work in recognising the contribution of the migrants to Australia and in improving their lives . This award was presented at the Australian Migration and Settlement Awards dinner at Parliament House on Monday 24th March 2014.
Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott congratulated Mr Assaf as a deserving award recipient. "Tonight we recognise those who reflect our country’s best hopes and aspirations,’ said Mr Abbott ‘Immigration has been at the heart of our Australian story and in directly honouring distinguished migrants, we indirectly honour ourselves because all of us have been shaped and formed by Australia’s immigrant culture. "
Mr Assaf migrated to Australia from Lebanon in 1967 and commenced working in a factory by night while studying at university by day. By 1972 he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Social Theory. He then went on to complete a Diploma in Interpreting and Translating at the University of New South Wales.
His entrepreneurial achievements include founding Ethnic Communications Pty Ltd, Multicall Pty Ltd, Jascom International Pty Ltd and the Ethnic Business Awards. He is also the author of ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’, published in 2008, which aimed at inspiring a new meaning for multiculturalism.
Last year Sir James Gobbo was honoured for his services to migration and settlement with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Australian Migration and Settlement Awards.
The Australian Migration and Settlement Awards are only in their second year and The Migration Council will continue to recognise the good work of organisations and individuals that assist new migrants and refugees to settle, to feel included and to participate in Australian society.
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