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Celebrating 'Neighbours in Harmony'

This month, we’re marking Neighbour Day and Harmony Week with special events for everyone to enjoy from 23–25 March 2021.

Harmony Week celebrates our cultural diversity and spreads the message of ‘everyone belongs’, while Neighbour Day recognises the importance of building connections within our local neighbourhoods.

More than 30 per cent of Boroondara residents were born overseas, originating from more than 150 different countries. We invite you to celebrate this rich diversity, learn about stories of migration from cultural leaders in Boroondara and form connections with others in your local area. 

At each ‘Neighbours in Harmony’ event, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in exciting cultural activities and programs, including a Chinese tea ceremony, bocce and a Vietnamese green tea history lesson.

Upcoming Neighbours in Harmony events

Neighbours in Harmony with Jennifer Yeung

Location: Balwyn Community Centre

Date Tuesday 23 March 2021

Time: 10:30am to 11:30am

Join Jennifer Yeung, Balwyn resident and President of the Chinese Women’s Association of Victoria (CWAV), as she shares her story. “I was born in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia with my parents in 1987. With three grown up children, I am now able to contribute more time to society through my voluntary work,” Jennifer said.

“At CWAV, we focus on women’s physical, mental and social health by offering weekly classes, seminars and events. These activities provide a platform for members to foster new friendships,” she said. “Australia’s cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and central to our identity. I feel strongly about using my experiences and expertise to create a harmonious and safe environment for all residents of Boroondara."

Jennifer Yeung, the president of the Chinese Women's association of Victoria looks and smiles at the camera

Neighbours in Harmony with Amelia Dozzi

Location: Hawthorn Neighbourhood House

Date: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Time: 10.30am to 11.30am

Join Hawthorn resident Amelia Dozzi, as she shares her family’s history of migration from Italy.

“It has always been significant to be proud of my heritage, to recognise it in me, to respect it and to share and celebrate it as best I can,” Amelia said.

Amelia’s family life in Hawthorn in their early years was not easy. However, things slowly began to change as stores opened up to serve the new and emerging Italian community.

“In the ensuing years, there have been many changes and developments in Hawthorn and the wider Boroondara community. Many different ethnic cultures have made their home in the area and added a richness in the diversity that serves to make us more understanding, more informed and thus connected as Australians,” she said.

Amelia Dozzi, a Boroondara resident stands in front of a rose bush wearing a green dress and smiles at the camera

Neighbours in Harmony with Yen Bui

Location: Ashburton Community Centre

Date: Thursday 25 March 2021

Time: 10.45am to 11.45am

Join Yen Bui, President of the Vietnamese Senior Cultural Association (VSCA) and Treasurer of the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association (AVWA), and hear her first-hand account of migration from Vietnam.

“Our vision at VSCA is to live in a harmonious society in which everyone feels valued, welcomed, motivated and encouraged to contribute. We learn to appreciate both Vietnamese and Australian cultural values in terms of behaviour, community, responsibility and connectivity,” Yen said.

Yen believes it is very important to celebrate multiculturalism year round.

“If you look at the population of migrants in Boroondara, there are people from so many different nationalities. You can always see a lot of cultural activity here, from young people, to women, to the elderly as well,” she said.

Jen Bui, the president of the Vietnamese Senior Cultural Association wears a pink top and smiles at the camera

For more information or to register your attendance, call 9278 4938.

Add life to your years

Did you know there are many opportunities to connect with other older adults in your community year round? Visit our Over 55s page to find upcoming events, activities, groups you can join and more.