PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Mrs. Be Ha, OAM, JP

Welcome to Sicmaa’s 40th Annual General Meeting and 40th Anniversary Celebration. It has been a long, hard and a productive journey for our Association in serving the Indo-Chinese communities in Victoria and in the South-Eastern region of Melbourne. While we can look back with pride and gratitude for so many wonderful things the Association, it’s staff and members have contributed towards improving the lives of so many Indo-Chinese people in Victoria, there are disturbing signs and challenges ahead for organisations like SICMAA in the delivery of services and assistance to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities.

From a very humble beginning, with the love and help of so many friends, associates and governments, especially of the Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau, SICMAA has survived and developed into one of the most respected and effective community based multi-ethnic welfare organization in Victoria. In the last 40 years, more than 200.000 direct assistance cases were provided for the Indo-Chinese refugees and migrants in the South -Eastern region of Melbourne by Sicmaa’s Staff. Today , our organization is providing a wide range of services from explaining and providing simple information to complex and on-going management cases.

While it is impossible for anyone to list every achievement the Association has done in the past 40 years, one can certainly recall many important contributions SICMAA has made to the settlement and development of the Indo-Chinese communities in Victoria. Being the first established Indo-Chinese welfare Agency, SICMAA was, in effect, the origin of the subsequent establishment of many important community organisations such as the Cambodian Association in Victoria, the Laotian Community Association in Victoria, the Springvale Indochinese Housing Cooperative, the Springvale Vietnamese Ethnic School etc…

Of course, SICMAA’s contributions were not just limited to the Indo-Chinese communities, they were also aimed to assist mainstream services and mainstream community to be more sensitive and appreciative of difficulties and contributions the Indo-Chinese people have faced and offered to Australian multicultural society. Perhaps, some of the most visible contributions SICMAA has made to the South East region are: the Annual Children’s Moon Festival, The Good Friday Appeal, The Tax help, The clean Up Australia Day …

With the support from all bodies government funding, all our hard-working staff, IT group, volunteers, we set up the system so everyone can work at home to continue to assist our client by phone, by email, by post, by video conferencing like zoom during COVID 19 crisis. The success and contribution SICMAA has made were the results of the direct efforts given by countless number of volunteers and the founding members of the Association, many of whom, are still with us here today. Words cannot adequately express the deep gratitude the association has towards all of its friends, volunteers, staff and the founding members. Today, we honouring them all. You are indeed our heroes and we thank you.

honouring them all. You are indeed our heroes, and we thank you.

AS far as individual thank you goes, it is an impossible task to mention everyone and every organization or government department that ever associated with SICMAA in the last 40 years. On behalf of the Management committee members and staff of SICMAA, I would like to take this to express my sincere thanks to:

SICMAA’s Founders:

              Mr. Bui Huu Le

              Mr. Nguyen Thanh Khiet

              Mr. Phan Dinh Thuyen

              Mr. Nguyen Do Huan

              Mr. Hoang Cong Dung

              Mr. Phan Dong Ly

              Mr. Huynh Trung Thanh

              Mr. Tran Hung

              Mr. Doan Ngoc Mien

              Mr. Nguyen van Hung

              Mr. Tran Hoang

              Mr. Ngo van Be

              Mr. Nguyen Kim Khai

              Mr. Lu Trieu Duong

              Mr. Tran Ngoc Thanh

               Mr. Vi Duc Huu

              Mr. Nguyen Duy Huong

              Mr. Vuong Thoai

              Mr. Tran Thanh My

              Mr. Nguyen Binh

              Mr. Nguyen Thanh Long

              Mrs. Nguyen thi Dep

              Miss. Nguyen thi Hue

My fellow Executive Committee of Management members for their tremendous support.

Miss My Dung Nguyen, Co-Ordinator of Sicmaa for her caring and professional services to the community.

SICMAA’s Staff, co -located staff, visiting workers, volunteers and students for the support and assistance to our Association.

As I have said, SICMAA has lasted and developed for 40 years due to the volunteerism, the dedication and the contribution of its staff, its volunteers, it’s members and the whole community in the South East.

We are in eternal debs to the late advisors Eric, Merle Mitchell, the late volunteers like Mr. Hoang Duong , English Teacher , Mr. Nguyen Huu Chu , English Teacher passed away on 29th September 2022 . Mrs. Tong whose lives and generosity had touched us all in so many ways. Let’s We Forget from SICMAA’s Committee of Management and Staff.

40 years have passed for SICMAA and it has been a long and hard but very rewarding journey. So many things have happened, staff come and go, programs and services start and end but one thing does not change and that is SICMAA’s compassion, kindness, commitment, drive and passion to work tirelessly for the disadvantaged Indo-Chinese people in Victoria. With all your support and help, we will continue for another 40 years and beyond to serve and work tirelessly for the community.

Without their compassion, kindness and generosity to help another fellow human being, SICMAA would not be here today.

Thank you for attending this 40th AGM and celebration with us.

We are looking forward to receiving on- going support from you all in the coming years.

Springvale Indochinese Mutual Assistance Association ( SICMAA )

BE HA JP, OAM

President

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