(Australia) – Four Greek-Australians were nominated for several Australia Day Awards for their contributions to society. Australia Day is a national celebration, devoted to acknowledge people who have made great contributions. According to the official website, Australia Day is a day to, “come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.” That’s what these awards are all about.
Here’s a look at who the Greek-Australian nominees are and their contributions:
- Anastios Vlahos – Nominated for Senior Citizen of the Year for his 50+ years of service in the Greek community and was also the founder of the Whittlesea and Districts Greek Elderly Citizen Club.
- Jim Papadimitriou – Nominated for Senior Citizen of the Year for his service to the Greek community as a whole.
- Spiros Bassiliadis – Nominated for Senior Citizen of the Year for his volunteer work at the Panagia Soumella Association of Whittlesea.
- Elpida Tellis – Nominated Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year for her work volunteering at Grace of Mary Aged Hostel in Epping and has also served as president of the Community of Cypriots women’s group.
Concerning the Greek-Australian nominations, local Councilor Mary Lailos said to Neos Kosmos, “It’s great to see such a strong contribution being made by our Greek community.” The awards take place at both the local and national level. These particular awards and nominations occurred in Whittlesea, which is in Victoria. Total, there 24 individuals in that area were recognized for the contributions to the community in Whittlesea. Many more people received awards throughout the country in other local communities and also nationally.