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Greek Identity

Greek Identity

...and the Chamber of Secrets

by John Vithoulkas

'Your identity is your most valuable possession. Protect it.'

Before I make a completely unacceptable sweeping statement let me say that I do not like to make sweeping statements. But here goes. Greek-Australians work very hard to promote the Greek identity. We all do it in our own way. Some of us form collectives and organise dancing groups, singing groups, and eating groups. Others form businesses to promote Greek food and drink. Some write while others tell stories. Some paint tree trunks white and others start classroom lessons by pointing out that today's topic comes from a Greek word (economics? Easy. From οἶκος and νόμος. Oἰκονομία). In a shocking plot twist Dr Who would uncover that our identity itself is actually the promotion of our identity.

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Congratulations Iakove

Congratulations Iakove

Congratulations Iakove from all of us

Only a hand full of Greeks from Melbourne was recognised by national honour through the Order of Australia Awards which was announced recently on the Queen’s Birthday weekend.

One of those was none other than our very own Iakovos Garivaldis. Iakovos received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services “In literature, publishing and the Greek Community of Victoria”.

The Order of Australia is the principle and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level...

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Other Thessaloniki Association activities:

Participation at the unveiling of the monument to all Genocides and Other Atrocities, organised by the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, partially sponsored by Thessaloniki Association.

Congratulations to the organisers and the City of Darebin.

 

• JUSTICE FOR CYPRUS RALLY 2016. We were there and supported the Cypriot people who's land has been occupied now for 42 years. Organised by SEKA Australia, with representatives from the Greek Community of Melbourne and the Government of Cyprus.

• Also, Thessaloniki Association 'The White Tower' congratulates ''Pronia'' the old Australian Greek Welfare Society on its new corporate logo and new name. It is a fresh interpretation of the work which has been carried out over many years. Pronia is a shorter more precise and easier name to remember. Well done.'

Images below...

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