The Gunnedah-based, Multicultural Women’s Association is fostering cultural links with schools throughout the North West region.

MWA members met with Coonabarabran High School’s Year 12 English Studies class which is exploring the topic ‘We Are Australians’.

MWA members Gabriela Riveros and Agnes Kin Thurston had the pleasure of sharing their immigrant stories and experiences from Chile and Fiji, shedding light on how immigrants have assimilated into Australian society.

MWA public officer Patrick Thurston said this exchange fostered a deeper understanding of multiculturalism.

“The students’ genuine curiosity and appreciation warmed our hearts as they immersed themselves in learning about different cultures, traditions, and perspectives. It was truly inspiring,” he said.

“We are immensely grateful for Gunnedah Family Support’s unwavering commitment to fostering inclusivity and supporting initiatives that celebrate diversity.

“A huge thank you to Danielle Barisa and her class for initiating this meaningful collaboration.

“Together, we’re breaking down barriers and building a more inclusive community.

“We’re fostering a community of understanding and acceptance. Let’s continue to embrace our differences and celebrate unity in diversity,” he said.

Meanwhile, MWA has also been active at Gunnedah High School during Harmony Week.

“Stepping into Gunnedah High School was like entering a world of boundless potential and cultural richness,” Mr Thurston said.

MWA’s vice president and Australia Day Cultural Achievement Award recipient, Agnes, was guest speaker and shared her journey and insights on embracing diversity with the bright young minds.

MWA president Lisanty Evans also had the honour of presenting awards to deserving students, celebrating their achievements and contributions within their community.

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