Najmeh Azizabadi, or “Nadia” as she often goes by, has lived in Tasmania for a little over two years. Moving from her home country of Iran seven years ago she spent four years studying and working in Malaysia before making the move to Hobart. Nadia’s time in Malaysia allowed her to spend time working and connecting with people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, something she has been able to continue doing in her new home of Hobart.
She and her husband moved to Hobart in July 2014 to start a new chapter in their lives. Hobart’s multiculturalism is very important to Nadia and a major part of the “wonderment” of living in Tasmania. Nadia is able to connect with people from a wide variety of backgrounds on a daily basis in her role as an adult learning mentor at LINC., where she specialises in teaching computer fundamentals.
Nadia also spends much of her free time volunteering for various causes and organisations around the city such as the underwater clean up, Mother’s Day projects and lending her expertise at the University of Tasmania. Additionally, Nadia is the Vice President of the Iranian Association of Hobart and has represented the Association at local events like Hobart Language Day which she says has helped develop her skills in representing a local community in a multicultural society.
Nadia values Harmony Week as she is very committed to the principles of a diverse society and recognises its importance to the future of the Hobart community that she loves living in. She looks forward to celebrating Iranian New Year which falls during Harmony Week 2017.
Dr. Seeta Jaikaran-Doe is a true global citizen. She currently resides in Hobart but has spent time living far and wide in Kuwait, the USA, Trinidad and Tobago and China which has given her great insight and understanding of many cultures.
Seeta spent three years living in the USA where she was a local advisor for new primary and secondary teachers who were recruited internationally, which gave her a chance to work with people of many different backgrounds. For her work there she was rewarded with being named the Cultural Ambassador for the Visiting International Program. Seeta now works at the University of Tasmania.
She believes that she can transfer the knowledge and skills she has gained from her vast cultural experiences to contribute to Tasmania’s Harmony Week festivities and ensure that “Everyone Belongs”. Seeta looks forward to celebrating Harmony Week with her friends and colleagues.
Raj Chopra migrated from India to Australia in 2013 with his wife, who now studies at the University of Tasmania. Since moving to Hobart, Raj has worked in various roles, including recent appointment with the Multicultural Council of Tasmania as a project officer for strengthening multicultural communities.
Raj is passionate about integrating communities and bringing people together by getting them out of their comfort zone. Upon moving to Hobart, he fell in love with the city and its people and soon began approaching local councils, sporting authorities and businesses with an eye to use sport to engage the community and promote multiculturalism. From this was born Hobart’s Intercultural Sports League, of which Raj is now the President.
He was motivated to become a Harmony Week ambassador to “showcase the city of Hobart as welcoming” and believes the celebration is important as it “celebrates diversity and focuses on love and friendship”. During Harmony Week he will be encouraging people to share their culture and will be inviting some local community members over for a meal.
In 2012, Varun Dewan and his wife Shivali decided to move from India to Australia. Five years later, Varun has recently become an Australian Citizen is to proud to call Australia his second home.
While working full time at Hydro Tasmania, Varun spends much of his time volunteering for organisations like the Red Cross, Hobart City Mission and the Salvation Army.
Varun is excited for his two young sons to grow up in Tasmania, a state which he believes could be the epitome of cultural diversity and a place where “Everyone Belongs”. He believes that a rich and diverse culture is a pillar of a vibrant community.