I acknowledge Merry Manandhar, who is the cultural coordinator of the Nepalese Australian Association. The past year has been tough for all members of our community and I thank Merry for her ongoing commitment to helping those in need.
Today I honour a dear friend of mine, Elie Akouri, who is the leader and founder of the Cedars of Lebanon group. Elie started the Cedars of Lebanon group in 1977, and he has been mentoring young members of our community ever since.
I acknowledge Jack Bulic from the St George Football Association for all of his hard work in 2020. Jack approached the organisation at the beginning of last year to showcase all 22 members of their special needs and referee programs.
I acknowledge Bianca Stanghieri who is a rising star in the taekwondo community and an outstanding young woman. Bianca was also the College Captain at St Ursula's College Kingsgrove and I have no doubt that she will go on to be an inspiring leader of our community.