Launch of the MARSS Registered Training Organisation

During the 2017 National Multicultural Festival in February, MARSS launched the brand new program, the MARSS Registered Training Organisation (RTO),  to assist migrants and refugees with their career pathways. The MARSS RTO was launched by Senator Zedd Seselja and the Chair of the MARSS board, Mr Andrew Alwast OAM, and was attended by Rachael Stephen-Smith MLA, Elizabeth Kikkert MLA, and Alistair Coe MLA. 

Through the MARSS RTO, clients will be able to undertake nationally recognised training in Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV in Community Services and Certificate III in Individual Support. The courses that can be undertaken will facilitate an employment pathway into the community services sector, particularly the aged care services. 


Launch of Australia's Multicultural Statement

On 20 March, Dewani Bakkum, the CEO of Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT, attended Parliament House for the Australian Government's Launch of the renewed Multicultural Statement. 

Multicultural Australia: United, Strong and Successful renews and reaffirms the Government's commitment to a multicultural Australia, in which racism and discrimination have no place.  The renewed statement is a foundation on which we as Canberrans and the wider Australian community, can further build our multicultural society.

MARSS Celebrates Harmony Day

Harmony Day, March 21, celebrates Australia's cultural diversity. 

MARSS enjoyed celebrating Harmony Day 2017 by showcasing the diversity within our organisation by holding a Harmony Day lunch where everyone brought a plate of food to share. MARSS is fortunate to host a culturally diverse workforce, representing over 10 distinct ethnic groups across our staff and Board of Management.


MARSS Staff Celebrating Harmony Day 2017

MARSS Staff Celebrating Harmony Day 2017

Harmony Sports Carnival

The Harmony Sports Carnival was held at the Australian Institute of Sport on 18 March 2017. It was great to see  MLAs Rachael Stephen-Smith, Elizabeth Kikkert, ELizabeth Lee, Bec Cody and Alistair Coe attend and officially open the carnival to all the participants and their families. The Carnival saw round robin competitions held for men's and women's basketball, mixed volleyball and men's futsal. 

The HSP program provides young people with an opportunity to learn new skills, enhance current skills and be physically active. It also builds strong intercultural relationships, breakdown stereotypes and build trust, respect and sense of belonging in this community of people who often experience isolation. It was great to see all of this in action on Saturday at the carnival.

MARSS is pleased to announce that the MARSS Harmony team was declared the winners in the men's basketball competition and the mixed volleyball competition. MARSS also congratulates the ANU team on their win in the futsal competition; and the Ginninderra Rats on their win in the Women Basketball competition

MARSS thanks all the participants, guests and volunteers for their involvement on Saturday.

MARSS would like to thank Peter Knaus for his contribution to the Harmony Sports Program, and wish him all the best for the future.

International Women's Day Celebration

On Friday 10th March, MARSS celebrated International Women's Day at our Waramanga Property with Board Members, Staff, clients and members of the Wider Canberra Community. MARSS was also honoured that Rachael Stephen-Smith MLA and Elizabeth Kikkert MLA could both attend this event.  

Throughout the event, all attendees were treated to beautiful and moving performances by the ACT Chinese Association Ladies Dance Group and A Chorus of Women and an exhibit of the items made by the MARSS Arts and Crafts Group.  Everyone who attended the event partook in a lunch in the courtyard, and it was great to see all women coming together as one. 

MARSS would like to thank the Rachael Stephen- Smith MLA, Elizabeth Kikkert MLA, Raewyn Bastion, Deputy Chair of MARSS Board,  ACT Chinese Association Ladies dance Group, A Chorus for Women, and all the women who attend our successful International Women's Day Celebration