INDEPENDENT Member for Shepparton District, Suzanna Sheed says a series of Friendship Cafés run by the local ethnic council will have a positive impact on the community.
Ms Sheed hosted a Friendship Café for about 20 young women from the region’s diverse multicultural communities at The Vault last week.
Ms Sheed said, “It was such an amazing experience to hear the stories of these young women from places such as Malaysia, Afghanistan, Syria, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sudan.
“Some of them have been here for years and others have arrived as recently as two months ago, but all of them showed such great enthusiasm for their schooling and exciting visions for their futures.”
Ms Sheed said the Friendship Cafés were an excellent opportunity to help more newly arrived residents in the region feel included in the community.
“These young women have so much to offer our community, but often they lack access to the resources needed to really excel because of language and cultural barriers,” Ms Sheed said.
“It is one of the joys of being a Member of Parliament that I have the opportunity to engage with young women such as these and share with them my own unexpected journey in the hope they will realise they can do anything they put their mind to.”