Greek Australian Society continues national expansion with Melbourne launch

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The Greek-Australian Society (GAS) held its first-ever event in Melbourne on Friday May 27, with a networking event at the Corner Hotel in the downtown suburb of Richmond.

Over 50 Greek-Australians and Philhellens from Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne took part in the Melbourne social event, Meet GAS, with appearances from members of the Interstate GAS Committee, Melbourne-based GAS members, as well as local leaders and students.

Mr. Bill Papastergiadis OAM, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, addressed the participants on the night, urging them to engage in historic community institutions while commending GAS for leading its program of collaboration, opening avenues for continued membership and participation in the future. GAS President, Mr. George Psihoyios addressed the attendees to thank them for their continued trust and support, celebrating the recent expansion of the GAS mentorship program following its dynamic success in 2021.

Bill Papastergiadis OAM speaking to young people from the Greek Australian Society at the Melbourne launch. Photo: Supplied

“It has always made sense for GAS to have a presence in Melbourne,” said Mr Psihoyios, adding that “we have had Melbourne-based members for some time now, as well as Dean [Kotsianis]Eleni [Nzifas] and Dennis [Serdenes] on our committee now, so it’s a good choice.

“We want to work with existing communities, ask for help and not make too many assumptions. Invoice [Papastergiadis] and the GOCMV team have been very supportive, and we hope this sets the right precedent as we expand across the country.

The GAS Mentorship Program, a members-only initiative, connects students and young professionals with senior community leaders, providing a competitive advantage in professional development while encouraging Greek-Australian community participation and leadership.

With nearly 30 participants in the Class of 2022, including mentors and mentees from Melbourne, the GAS Mentoring Program has quickly become a point of difference for GAS and an innovation for engagement across generations and even across communities, with participants of non-Greek origin. encouraged to apply.

Following the Friday evening event, GAS committee members met with a delegation from the Greek Orthodox community in Melbourne and Victoria on Saturday, May 28, to discuss the revitalization of the modern Greek language in Australia and the potential for cultural development and cultural Greek-Australian nationwide. social advocacy.

The event was a huge success with many Greek Australians attending. Photo: Supplied

The members of the GAS management committee for 2021-2023 are:

George Psihoyios President

Vasiliki Boultadaki Vice President

George Mpliokas Secretary

Dean Ohtaras

General Committee

Constance Piperides

John Georgaklis

Denise Serdenes

Dean Kosianis

Eleni Nzifas

GAS launches in Melbourne and hosts its first ever Victorian event. Photo: Supplied

The 2022 Mentors Admission for the The GAS mentorship program is:

The deputy. Ms Courtney Houssos MLC, Member of the Legislative Council – NSW Parliament

Paul Nicolaou Executive Director – Business Sydney

George Karagiannakis Executive Director, Government Relations – IAG

Emmanuel Alfieris Executive Director, Banking, Government and Education – Commonwealth Bank

Jim Tatsis National Director, Operations – Brookfield Properties

Katarina Kvitkovic Complaints and Proactive Compliance Manager – Information & Privacy Commission NSW

Nick Gonios Founder and CEO – Circulist

Peter Filopoulos Head of Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs – Football Australia

Sia Tsoutsas Head of Talent – ​​Scentre Group / Westfield Australia & New Zealand

Peter Doukas Managing Director OAM – Denison Toyer

Eleni Tatsis Head of Learning – St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney

Harry Mavrolefteros Founding Director – First Education

George Psihoyios President – ​​Greek-Australian Society

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